Anthem - Ayn Rand


By Ayn Rand

  • Release Date: 1938-01-01
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 4,293 Ratings


Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.


  • Breathtaking Journey of Self-Discovery

    By Persypie
    “We sat still and we held our breath. For our face and our body were beautiful. Our face was not like the faces of our brothers, for we felt no pity when looking upon it. Our body was not like the bodies of our brothers, for our limbs were straight and thin and hard and strong. And we thought that we could trust this being who looked upon us from the stream, and that we had nothing to fear from this being.” This story was breathtaking. In a dystopian society where mankind is only allowed to think of themselves as “we,” one man discovers the power of “I.” A journey of self discovery and what it means to be human. A must read for anyone.
  • Anthem

    By road19glide
    I love everything about ayn rand and her writings. She takes you deep in the story and leaves you wanting more. Can’t wait to by her next novel.
  • Perfect for our times.

    By Ou812mesc
    In the days where we are constantly bombarded with “the we is more important than the me” this is a great reminder of the little freedoms that are slowly stolen in the name of the Greater Good.
  • Truly an Anthem!

    By Gearchamp
    A must read. Compelling, thought provoking and inspiring.
  • Outstanding

    By poopywall
    This book is among my favorites
  • Childhood dislike

    By Alice in winter land
    In terms of dystopian novels, this is still perhaps one of my lesser picks, it’s dry, it’s not as deep as I would prefer, generally all around mediocre
  • Great book

    By DarkHouse768
    I had to read this book for my Dystopian novel unit freshman year. It was good book. Taught me a lot with me actually realizing it. I would highly recommend.
  • Amazing

    By A1exa15
    Wonderful ideas about humanity, including the origin of joy, the importance of selfishness and ego, and plenty more!
  • Ayn Rand is an amateur and a rube.

    By Sharks6
    Once again, Rand’s flimsy ideology shows and ruins anything that could have been deemed great. Her time spent moonlighting as a “thinker“ was a waste, and her beliefs / opinions can hardly be considered as “philosophy.” This isn’t worth the minuscule space on you hard drive.
  • Anthem was phenomenal

    By Rickspellman
    Hands down one of the best books I’ve written with an eternal truth all must come to bear.