Atlas Shrugged is the tale of society on the verge of collapse, not from war or plague, but from leftist government policy. The US is the last remaining capitalist country, but it is slowly suffocating as progressive/communist-type elements encroach upon the government and stifle the industrial network that drives the economy. When major industrialists start dissappearing without a trace, leaving all their assets behind, some of those remaining start to wonder where they have gone, and why. Atlas, in addition to espousing various philosophies and portraying the Left at its worst, is a lively read with vivid characters, and is not by any means bogged down in nothing but politics and economics.
Atlas Shrugged starts to get repetitive about midway through. Not the plot or characters, but the philosophy. There are only so many ways you can iterate the same idea before the reader starts to feel as if they're being hit repeatedly over the head with a large hammer. I started skimming about 2/3 of the way in anytime someone spoke for more than two paragraphs on the central philosophy, and most readers will want to skip the 100-some-odd page speech towards the end of the book.
Even if you don't agree completely with Rand's philosophy or economic theory (and there are very few who do), the book is still quite enjoyable as the characters have a lot of depth and very robust personalities, and they grow and change as the story progresses.
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