For us, the voice presented in Anthem was truly unique and the story was powerful. It took us half the novel to understand what Rand was doing with her use of plural pronouns and the revelation gave us shivers (this could have also been due to the fact that the bath water was quickly loosing temperature). Along with Equality 7-2521, we tried to guess the single Unspeakable Word that caused anyone instant torture and death. Not surprising, we didn’t figure things out until the very end and the word revealed provided us with another shiver moment (At this time we were out of the bath so the catalyst could only have been the narrative). Can you guess the Unspeakable Word? Even if you have more brainpower than us, Anthem is still a very worthy read.
Editor’s Note: If you happen to like this one we highly recommend We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. We’ve never read it... but we hear its Anthem before Anthem was ever written... Plus, the work influenced several heavyweights of Dystopian Fiction: Orwell, Huxley, and Vonnegut.