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ANTHEM: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
Genre: Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga, Graphic Novel
The graphic novel's simplistic language and stark illustrations expertly convey the tale’s greater message of a hopeless future - one where collective thought leads to no thought at all. The complex emotions of loneliness, despair, confusion, and then later, love and hope are succinctly and movingly conveyed. This graphic novel is a wonderful tribute to one of the most popular American novelists of modern time.
In the future, there is no individualism. People are not even given names, instead numbers identify them. To have a friend is evil. To have talent is evil. To seek knowledge is evil. Only labor for the Council is rewarded. Equality 7-2521 Is different from the other workers. Despite the threat of torture and death, Equality is determined to discover the secrets of technology. He finds a safe place where he can run experiments to try to make a better life for his society. Equality's search for scientific secrets opens him up to other possibilities including finding love with fellow worker Liberty 5-3000, his “Golden One.” However, the Council does not allow love, nor do they allow Equality's work to be made public. Before they can punish him, Equality flees into the uncharted forest where he vows to forge a new way of life - one where the individual is held above all things. Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that Equality is exchanging one destructive extreme for another. (NAL, Feb. 2011, 132 pp., Graphic Novel, $15.00, ISBN: 9780451232175)
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Reviewed By: Dawn Crowne
Published: February 2011