- Published: New York : Random House, 
- Year Published: 1957
- Description: 1168 p. : 23 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 1070
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Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand is a Genre defying masterpiece. It incorporates elements of Science fiction, political thrillers, dystopian fiction, and most unusually, bodice ripper style romance. Despite including elements from so many genres, the book never feels schizophrenic or thinly spread. The story starts in the style of dystopian science fiction, but by 40 or so pages in, the book is a full blown political thriller about a struggling railroad company, Soon after, the book deeply explores the romance of two of it's main characters. These transitions are extremely smooth, to the point that i could not identify any areas where the story had major changes in tone. One thing to note about this novel is that it does double duty as both a work of fiction, and a endorsement of rand's unique philosophy, objectivism. Despite this, the message of the book never gets in the way of it's story, and vice versa. This is a skill lacked by many other great works of fiction. All in all, I could not recommend Atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand any more. whether you read it for it's story, it's message, or simply for its uniquness of style and pacing, just read Atlas Shrugged. I can Guarantee you won't regret it.
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