By Ayn Rand - Plume (1999)
In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out.
Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him -- a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd -- to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin.
In a world where the great "we" reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word -- "I."
The Fountainhead, a revised second edition of Anthem was published in the United States in 1946. The 50th anniversary edition includes the text of the revised edition and a facsimile of the first edition with Rand's editing marks.
I really loved this book because there is no other like it. It was written in 1937 which in my eyes makes it a wonderful literary achievement because it includes problems we all face on the most extreme levels. What really makes the book so different is the author has such an anti communism base because it includes the authors own troubles growing up in soviet Russia. I love this book and I consider it a classic.