Anthem, Ayn Rand


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  1. Cody R. Says:

    Summary: In a futuristic world, where they are not so far along in some ways, there isn’t much freedom, if any at all. Love between a man and woman is forbidden, which the main Character Equality 7-2521 has found is hard to resist. There is also no such thing as “I” only “We”. Equality is also forced to leave town, or he would be executed for an invention. He runs off with his new love Liberty 5-3000.

    Commentary: Anthem was a good book, but hard to understand because they used “we” instead of “I”. Once I got used to the concept of the writing it was easier to get into the book. If you liked books like the “Giver” or “City Of Ember” you would most likely enjoy this book.

    Rating: 2.5 Stars

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  2. Trip J. Says:

    Anthem is a story of a man ‘named’ Equality 7-2521 living in a futuristic world in which there is no such thing as “I.” Equality wants to be a scholar, however, in his world the Council of Vocations chooses what job you will have, and he is selected as a street cleaner. Once he and his friend discover a secret ‘lab’ of sorts, he begins conducting scientific research and re-discovers electricity. In this process, he meets a girl named Liberty 5-3000. After time, he manages to invent a light, and presents it to the Council, sure that they will reconsider his choice of scholar. Will the Council approve his request, or will they punish him for his discovery?

    This book is wonderful, although, I really wish it was longer. The book does a great job at representing individualism vs. collectivism.

    4/5 Stars

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  3. Mariah M. Says:

    Summary: In the dark ages of the future, it is only “We”. The word “I” does not exsist. Equality 7-2521 commits this unforgiveable crime. He stands forth from his people, making him a man alone. He also chooses to love Liberty 5-3000. When Equality 7-2521 discovers something that would be of great use, the Council of Scholars instead orders him to be killed.

    Evaluation: When I began reading this book, I thought its storyline was quite boring, and it was hard to understand because it only uses “We”. But towards the end of the book, it got more interesting, and I didn’t even notice that it only used the word “We”. This book is unique, unlilke any book I have ever read, but the story progresses very slow.

    Rating: 2 stars

    Recomendations: Seedfolks, Fly Girl, Hattie Big Sky

  4. Morgan C. Says:

    Summary: Anthem is about a society that has gotten rid of the word “I” completely. They think that they only exist to serve other people, and that they don’t matter as individuals. The main character is the first person to think differently and to act on his idea of individuality.

    Evaluation: I liked the concept that the book was based on and the point of view that it was written in. It was interesting to have the main character speaking as if he was a group of people. Replacing “I” with “We” and “Her/He” with “They” were the main changes seen in the book and they made it interesting to read. I didn’t like how the second half of the book was basically a speech that the main character was writing about individuality. Nothing actually happened in the story for this part of the book and it made it less interesting to read.

    Rating: 3 Stars

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  5. Alex W. Says:

    Summary: Anthem’s main character was Equality 7-2521, and he was different. He was extremely smart and was put as a janitor. Later he found a cave like thing and found light and shared it with the council, and they punished him but he later fled to the forest. He also found a woman and fell in love with her. Women and men were not allowed to talk, so it was kind of against the law. They make love. They live in the forest and he performs many tests.

    Evaluation: The book was alright. Very short. You don’t really think it was made in the 1930s, because it has new style writing in it.

    Rating: 3 stars

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  6. Tarryn B Says:

    Summary: The main characters in Anthem are Equality and Golden One. Equality and G.O. are two people who live in the land of the great “We”. The main focus of the novel is that they dared to be individuals and pursue their goals. Equality wanted to be a scholar (not a street sweeper), but when he revealed his wish to the Council of Scholars he was chased from the futuristic society. One of the last high points in the book was when Equality and Golden One chose their own names and discovered the sacred word- “I”.

    Evaluation: I didn’t really like the book very much and neither did my group. Maybe it was because Anthem lacked character diversity and action. All of the characters had the same background which made them uninteresting. What I did like about this book was that it was short and ended quickly without too many plot twists to keep track of. Most of the drama occurred inside Equality’s head.

    Rating: I give this book one star because it’s not really worth the reading time unless you enjoy philosophical reading or unusual futuristic settings.

    Recommendations: Other books that I recommend are: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Lolita, and the Harry Potter series.

  7. Athena P. Says:

    Summary: Anthem, by Ayn Rand, is based on an “ideal” utopia of sameness. Everyone is the same, you can’t speak for yourself and everything is assigned for you to do. Equality 7-2125 realizes that this is a world that he doesn’t want to live in. The word “I” is illegal; any sign of individuality is illegal. Equality finally decides to take action and runs away. The only thing clinging onto him is hope.

    Evaluation: This book has great ideas. A society with only one idea, etc. It has the theme of going against society and rebelling against it. Though I felt that Rand had some great ideas, she couldn’t really write it onto paper. The story seems to drag on and on and shows no real character development. In conclusion, I only read this book because I had to.

    Rating: 0.5 stars

    Recommendations: The Hunger Games.

  8. Jacob A. Says:

    Summary: The story of this book takes place in a civilazation in the future where everybody is the same. The main charecter is a man called equality 7-25ect… Equality secretly works on a project by himself without telling anyone. When he shares his creation with the civilization, he is shunned and would have been killed. But he runs away learning independence and decides to make his own civilazation. Not much was said after that, but that’s how it was.

    Evaluation: Anthem was a bit of a bland book. Its story was really interesting, but the author kind of watered it down. To add on to it story wise the book was really short so nothing could really be explained. The way it’s narrated is not appealing at all; it’s often confusing and hard to tell who is who. Mainly the story never changes, making it boring as an overall book. I did not like this book.

    Rating: I gave Anthem 1 star.

  9. Lia S. Says:

    Summary: Equality 7-2521 lives in a “perfect” society where there is no individuality. People may only use the pronouns “we”, “us”,”they”, et cetera. No one is allowed to love anyone more than anyone else. They are given their place and expected to act and be the same. Equality 7-2521 believes in all of this despite the “curse” of his differences. One day, he and his friends find a hole. Equality 7-2521 goes into it and discoveres something from humanity’s past- the Unmentionable Times.

    Evaluation: In all, I rather enjoyed this book. It was well written and easy to follow in its storyline. The chapters and the book itself feel short and cut off, which I honestly didn’t like. Half of the book was the “Facsimile Edition” which I felt made the book’s appearance in length misleading. I do like the depth and insightfullness in this book beside its faults.

    Rating: 3.5 stars

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  10. Catherine A. Says:

    Summary: This book is about a society that fails at everything…Okay that’s a lie….This book is about a guy that decides to disobey the rules the higher people of the society had made many, many years ago. They people have to refer to themselves as “we” and not “I”. Also they are not to fall in love with anyone else. The guy discovered a new power that is like magic and had fell in love with a woman. He had presented the new power to the counsel, and he thought they were going to introduce it into the city and make it useful. But instead they got angry at him for being smarter than everyone else in the soicety. They ran after him with fire on sticks. He ran out of the city into a forest and that’s where he ran into a house of the Unmentionable Times. In the end the woman the guy had fallen in love with, bears the man’s child.

    Evaluation: Personally I thought this book was a little confusing at first because of how they referred to themselves as “We”. I thought it was a group of people that fell in love with another group of people… haha…. So not possible. But anyways over all the book was pretty damn good.

    Rating: I gave this book a three out of 5 stars. Om nom nom.

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  11. Valerie C. Says:

    Ayn Rand’s short novel Anthem shows a futuristic dark age where all people are one, “we” never “I”. But two people dare to defy this rule, they fall in love, rediscover electricity, and consider themselves individuals, unique, their own persons. So they run away to live happily ever after… so far as the book tells.

    Anthem definitely has its ups and downs. It has some interesting points and ideas, but I belive they were not developed enough making the book too short; in other words, this book was not a chalange and quite boring. Over all, I disliked the book.

    I give Anthem two stars.


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  12. Anna C. Says:

    Summary: There is a very thin line between too much and too little individuality in a society. In Anthem, the community has a oneness, a safeguard against the Unmentionable Times of the independent past. It has a suffocating collectivism, but only suffocating to two distinct individuals. One is Equality 7-2521, a “different” sweet-sweeper. The other is Liberty 5-3000, a peasant woman. When Equality stumbles on an underground railway from the Unmentionable Times, he finds a hideout and old electrical supplies. With these, he finds out the secrets of electricity, a power unknown to his people. As a result of the elders’ reaction to this finding, Equality flees into the Uncharted Forest with Liberty; but with no knowledge of the outside world, how will they survive?

    Evaluation: This story raised lots of ideas about individual and community worth, and was overall a good read. The author did an excellent job conveying the story with the feel of the setting, but on the downside it went really fast so you couldn’t really think about what would happen next.

    Rating: 3.5 stars.

    Recommendations: Paper Towns, The Book Thief, The Hunger Games.

  13. Elisha S. Says:

    Summary: A world with no individuality, no thinking and doing for yourself, is a world that Equality 7-2125 lives in. As he realizes that thinking only for the best of others isn’t always the best thing, he discovers a hidden tunnel. He goes into it, discovers things from the Unmentionable Times, and rediscovers electricity. As Equality 7-2125 grows and learns of individuality, his society pushes him away and is forced to run away.

    Evaluation: This book ended up being a lot better than I expected. Because it was written in the 1940s, I thought that it would be frustrating and hard to understand. I was wrong. The only thing I didn’t like was that the book went a little too fast. Rand could have stopped at some places and really gave detail, but either way it was a really great book.

    Rating: 5 stars

    Recommendations: The Rules of Survival, Enclave, The Outsiders

  14. Adam P. Says:

    Summary: Anthem is about a man named Equality 7-2521 who lives in a city of oneness. No two men are different. Technology is held back from advancing by the big-wigs of the city, and the use of the word “I” is prohibited. But Equality 7-2521 begins to break away from everyone else and discover the world outside.

    Evaluation: I like the theme in this book. It is similar to Fahrenheit 451 in that it has a “rise against” kind of theme. I did think the book moved too quickly though; it could have been made more thorough.

    Rating: 4 stars.

    Recommendations: The Road, Fahrenheit 451.

  15. Shelby R. Says:

    Summary: Anthem is an inspiring story of a man, Equality 7-2521, who lives in the dark ages of the future where you are looked upon not as an individual but as one with your brothers. A world that holds no freedom. Equality 7-2521 begins to question the authority of The Council and thier way of life. He begins to discover the unmentionable, and learn in secret what is forbidden. He dared to love the woman of his choice and seek knowledge, for this he has been marked for death. Equality 7-2521 stood out from the crowd, leaving him alone.

    Evaluation: I thought this book very was interesting. His world somewhat fascinated me, however, I would never live in it. The wording was probably my favorite thing about this book and how Ayn Rand used her sentences. It kind of reminded me of Shakespearean times.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Reccomendations: The books I reccomend are Inkheart and Harry Potter.

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