Author: Ayn Rand
Year Published: 1937
Description: An example of dystopian fiction, Anthem by Ayn Rand is set in a future world where the notion of individualism has been completely abolished in favor of collective will and complete government control. The novella is told from the perspective of a character named Equality 7-2521, who defies these principles by pursuing a love of math and science despite having been assigned a different vocation. This transgression eventually leads to punishment and escape, which in turn allows him and the woman he loves to discover the previous society's concept of free choice.
'Many words have been granted me, and some are wise, and some are false, but only three are holy: 'I will it!'