Anthem by Ayn Rand

November 8, 2008

Title: Anthem

Author: Ayn Rand

Grade: A

Number of Pages: 105

Edition: Paperback

Year: 1938



Contains: Drama, Romance, Coming-of-age.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 10

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 9


Summary (from noblesoul.com): Anthem is written as the diary of Equality 7-2521, a young man living in a future in which people have lost all knowledge of individualism, to the point of not even knowing words like ‘I’ or ‘mine.’ Everyone lives and works in collective groups, with all aspects of daily life dictated by councils — the Council of Vocations, the Council of Scholars, etc. When he is assigned to a menial job cleaning the streets, Equality 7-2521 rebels against collectivism by conducting secret scientific research, which eventually leads him to re-create electric light. When he presents his discovery to the Council of Scholars, they condemn him for daring to act as an individual and threaten to destroy his creation. He is joined there by his love, a girl called Liberty 5-3000. They come across an ancient house, a relic of the Unmentionable Times before collectivism. There they rediscover the lost language of the self. 

My Review : Go out and read it now! I loved this book very much. In the beginning it is hard to get used to because as you learned in the summary the main character says “we” when he means “I”, and “ours” when he means “mine”. Just replace those and you will understand what Equality is trying to say. I really adored this book because it was a tale of adventure, romance, and being your own person. I think I liked this book this much because Equality is so different from the other people in this society. I can relate to him because of this. He likes to think and he doesn’t like being told how things are. I also liked how he didn’t feel guilty of what he was doing because it made him feel peaceful. Equality has emotions and loves Liberty very much and that always made me happy throughout the story. I learned to never let people tell me what to do because it would be really sad to have this happen to society. Please, please read this book. It will teach you and it surely was enjoyable.

I’d love to hear your comments/thoughts if you have or haven’t read this book. 🙂


  1. Wow! This looks really good. I’ll definitely be checking it out. 🙂 Great review!

  2. This looks so interesting. I’ve never heard of another book like this! I’ll definately add it to my TBR list!

  3. Anthem is and always will be one of my all-time favorites. If you really enjoyed it, Atlas Shrugged is worth the struggle. It’s a massive book, but life changing in a lot of ways. I recommend Atlas Shrugged over The Fountainhead. They are very similar works and according to Rand herself, she was working towards this one goal and Atlas Shrugged is her masterpiece. I’ve read everything she’s ever written and it is rare to find such brilliant minds in the world.

  4. I think I need to read this book NOW.
    Great review!

  5. This book is really old! Did you have to read this for school? I hope my english class reads it.

    Have you ever read The Fountainhead by the same author? I heard great things about that one too.

    Btw great review!

  6. Liv-Thanks! Tell me what you think of it when you’re done. 🙂

    Emily- Glad I’ve helped you add a new book to your TBR pile!

    belleofthebooks- I totally agree on her being amazing. I’ll see if I can get my hands on Atlas Surged. I have heard of The Fountain head since it seems to be the most famous of her books. 🙂

    Amanda- Yes, NOW! Please tell me what you think, I’d love to know.

    May- Yeah, I had to read it for English class. Sadly, we were the only 10th grade class reading it because Anthem is part of the gifted program at my school. I wish more people had been able to read it and enjoy it as much as I did. And yes, I’ve heard great things about The Fountainhead… it’s Rand’s most famous book, even though belleofthebooks seems to know what she’s talking about when she says Atlas Surged was better. Hope you read Anthem. 🙂

    A special thanks to everyone who stopped by, I love reading your comments.

  7. I read this book and thought it was great! What I love is not only the story itself but also the depth behond it. Like how Equality can escape not merly physically but also mentally…it has such great logic behind it!

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