This was my first Ayn Rand book, and will probably remain my last. Not because I didn't like the book, but because I expect the other books to be close to as voluminous as this one was and I just dont see myself getting enough time to start reading another book as big as this. Anyway, this one was good. I don't quite agree with the extreme ideas but just the fact that she took her theories to such extremes meant that she had to be pretty imaginative in developing the plot, and THAT was the best part about the book. However, there were times when she just kept on belabouring the point ad nauseum. So much so, that some of the monologues were almost soporific because of the repetition and sheer redundance of ideas.
Also, I thought the ending was anti-climactic. Most of the first half of the book was pretty interesting however, and makes me recommend the book for anyone who likes to read books and has enough time to do it.