Robert Wm. Gomez's

Anthem

Book Info
Author: 
Ayn Rand
Rating: 
5

Having read her other books, I felt obliged to read this novella. It's a fairly literal take on individualism that would have benefited from a little world-building and character development. The sci-fi premise is that the world has regressed back into a primitive technological state. The collective is all-important. People are known only by numbers and their preferred pronoun is we. As expected, the hero is the character who begins to view himself as an individual only to be shunned by his peers. This idea would go on to be fleshed-out within the vastly superior novel, The FountainheadAnthem just reads like a episode of The Twilight Zone rather than the deep philosophical meditation Objectivists probably think it is.