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Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.

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This is a TERRIBLE book. It's hard to follow, boring, and overall, bad. I. Just. Hate. This. Book.

Bland science fiction

Anthem seems like the most bland and boring version of a total socialist government. Lacking any sort of mysticism like that of The Giver, ruthless control and paranoia of 1984, or the use of constant vices to promote control like A Brave New World, Anthem's society and story comes off as sterile and boring as the writing.

The idea that the concept of words losing meaning that 1984 expelled at is used here to poor effect, but its all meant to serve a greater cause of the writing. The story is not one to entertain or provoke thought, the story is instead meant to be an extreme warning against collectivism and evangelize the desire to be selfish and think of oneself above all others first.

The problem is that the whole argument is written to the absurd that arguments for socialism are obvious strawmen that no actual proponent would support. Forced matings, inability to have friends or fun, and to be considered ancient by the age if 45 are all shown as outcomes of "We" thinking.

The writing is boring and repetitive. Constant use of similes becomes distracting, for the author almost exclusively relies on "like" or "as" to describe features and feelings instead of showing them.

In the end this is a story written for those already in favor of the preferences of the author. This is meant to be a worst case scenario explaining why caring about the many is bad first, and an entertaining story second. Because of this there are zero redeeming qualities for the evil government, but it is also made to be enormously incompetent that even Frankenstein's monster could outsmart them.

He could also likely write a better story.


Amazing book but a lot of people don't like it cause they don't understand it, it is kind of a hard book to read and be able to get u just have to think a little bit but I loved the book but I understood the whole thing but it was amazing I recommend reading it if u like books that make u think a little bit.

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  • Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Published: Jan 01, 1938
  • Publisher: Public Domain
  • Seller: Public Domain
  • Print Length: 76 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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