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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Dystopian Fiction Novella Anthem.

Russian-American author Ayn Rand wrote a dystopian fiction novella titled ‘Anthem’. The author published the novel in the year 1938 in the United Kingdom. The story revolves around a future where society prevents humans from living individually.

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Author: Ayn Rand

Genre: Dystopian fiction, science fiction

Pages: 56

Good reads rating:  3.63 of 5

My Ratings: 7.2 of 10

Published: 1938 (original publication)

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2014)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Dystopian Fiction Novella Anthem.

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The book starts with a 21-year-old man who lives in a tunnel under the earth. He tells his story through his writing. This young man believes that he carries a curse which makes him ask questions and continuously learns. The life mandate of children the Council of Vocations assigns their occupations, and he becomes a street sweeper. The name of the protagonist is Equality 7-2521. His friends include Union 5-3992 and International 4-8818.

Equality finds a tunnel and explores metal tracks. According to him, this tunnel leads to unmentionable times of the past. He uses the tunnel as his laboratory and begins experimenting there. He steals papers to write his journal and Equality meets a 17-year-old peasant girl working in the fields.

Her name is Liberty 5-3000. Now the council assigns a woman to every man at the annual time of mating. Equality commits another forbidden task by thinking of Liberty, and they discover their similarities. Equality names Liberty as The Golden One, and Liberty reveals that she named him as The Unconquered.

Interestingly, Equality proceeds with his scientific experiments, which lead to rediscovering of electricity. He takes his experiment to the World Council of Scholars because according to him it presents a great discovery for humankind.

His absence from Home of the Street Sweepers become noticed, and they place him in detention. He escapes detention to present his work in front of the World Council of Scholars. After displaying the work, they punish him for performing unauthorized research. Equality closes his box and runs to escape in a forest.

Final Say on Dystopian Fiction Novella Anthem.

This book receives my rating of 7.2 of 10. The story offers an exceptional insight into the explanation of individualism and the meaning thereof. The author described the story and used a unique writing style. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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