I know, I indulged. Sue me. For today’s literary review, I jumped in this year’s best example of popcorn literature.
It’s an uncomplicated, adventure/love Sci-Fi story, with an initially awkward and weak female lead who finds her feet and starts kicking ass, against all odds. Oh, and of course, she has special powers. A city in the future is divided into five factions: Amity, Erudite, Dauntless, Abnegation and Candor. When children turn 16, they pledge their allegiance to one of the factions after an extreme aptitude test, and are trained to collaborate in the (seemingly) perfect society.
Although the plot is quite predictable, it’s an easy glide through the pages and to identify with the characters. It’s a refreshingly black and white tale, where the baddies are always wrong, honor and bravery is key and the fight for survival is ever present.
Of course, there is a bigger picture going on in this story, as mind control serum that makes the Dauntless a liability and separation of power becomes a struggle to survive against all odds.
Favourite quote: “Any idiot can stand in front of a target. (…) It doesn’t prove anything except that you’re bullying us. Which, as I recall, is a sign of cowardice.”
This is the latest in a series of book reviews, part of my 1000 books before 30 project (see full explanation here).
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