What really grinds down the spirits is the conservatism of it all

March 20, 2015 10:01 AM

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Every now and then, as if buzzed by reality while in a futuristic simulation, you realise you’re watching a cultural phenomenon that, some decades hence, will be identified as a key sprig in our era’s feeble zeitgeist.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Exigent or Astringent or Contingent – or whatever this sequel to Divergent is called – is in any way good. In fact, it’s pretty useless, but, as a distillation of all that’s most ordinary about contemporary young adult science fiction, it could hardly be bette...

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