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This review is from: Divided Kingdom (Paperback)From the first paragraph of Divided Kingdom you know you are in capable, skilled hands. This feeling stays with you until the last page. Having not read any of Rupert Thomson's work - this certainly won't be the last I purchase - I didn't know what to expect other than the clear dystopian thrust. All I knew was that I was excited and apprehensive. And you know what? I still am.
This is a brilliantly conceived novel that conjures up the memories of Huxley, Orwell and Kafka. And like Huxley's Brave New World, you cannot decide whether or not the author is painting a utopian or dystopian picture. Of course, nobody would want to live in the Green or Yellow Quarter but the Blue and Red Quarter would certainly be an improvement on many UK cities.
Buy it, read it, and continue to ask yourself what quarter you would belong to.