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The Children of Men (1992)

by P.D. James

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I liked the background theme more than the primary story. Luckily the background story filled the first half of the book. It covered a lot of what happened in a society where children could no longer be born. The second half was not bad, but it was a bit more of a general action story, nothing particularly notable.

I rewatched the movie afterwards, and it is almost entirely different. It may be a cliche, but The Book Was Better. ( )
  kapheine | Apr 6, 2021 |
Intense and enthralling, PD James's science fiction novel about the end of humanity coming in the form of mass infertility is eerily fascinating. Beautifully written and containing plenty of well-realized characters, this was a great read. Those who saw the movie before reading the book will still be pleased, I think (though I think the movie ended up with a much better climax). ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
I had no idea that this book was written by a woman; my only association with it came from watching the movie while stuffed into a hotel room with about a dozen other college students during a road trip to Nashville. Although I was impressed by the movie, the book (as usual) is much more powerful and detailed. With the recent surge in popularity of dystopian and futuristic fiction, I think this one has plenty of appeal for that audience. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |

This was published in 1992; the story is that in 1995, humanity simply stopped reproducing and no new children have been born since then. The narrator is a cousin of and former adviser to Xan Lyppiatt, the dictator of the UK, and is drawn into the resistance to his rule. The graying, disintegrating society is very well depicted, and then all is further disrupted when it turns out that human fertility is not completely finished. Vivid scenes of flight across England to an uncertain destination. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 27, 2020 |
In a world deplete of children and threatened by its slow descent into depopulation, the unthinkable happens. I found this novel interesting, but maybe a wee bit sexist? Perhaps?

Re-read, September 2017: this is a biting commentary on male anxiety surrounding female bodily agency. I was too wrapped up in the differences from the movie last time, but having fresh eyes and a new project in mind has renewed my appreciation for this book. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
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James, P.D.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Biavasco, AnnamariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guani, ValentinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palencar, John JudeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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In 2021, with the human race becoming extinct because of the infertility of all males, Oxford historian Theodore Faron is drawn into the schemes of an unlikely group of revolutionaries out to save society.

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The human race has become infertile, and the last generation to be born is now adult. Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.
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