42. Read 30 Books #4
4. Anthem by Ayn Rand
“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 (for example, the use of word “Ego” is punishable by death).”
It’s a novella, so it was super-quick to read. I’ve read “Atlas Shrugged” by Rand as well, so I was surprised that this was so short. I really liked this story though. Not surprising as I’ve spent the last year reading things like this (like 1984 and Brave New World to name two). If you like those books, you’ll like this one too. I wish I had something clever or insightful to add, but I’ll let the novella speak for itself.