This novel is a precursor to The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. It reads very much like the others with the same theme running throughout. Rand weaves her philosophy of objectivism through all of her novels and this is no exception. The hero, Equality 7-2521, lives in an imagined future where it is a crime to be alone, to think alone, to act alone and even to say the word “I.” In fact, it’s a little disconcerting to read because the word “I” does not occur in the book until the very end. Everyone refers to themselves as “we” or “us.” Very fascinating. I recommend this book if you have never read Ayn Rand because this book is only 105 pages vs. 800+ for Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. But I warn you, you will be hooked and will end up reading both!
Anthem by Ayn Rand