Cold People: From the multi-million copy bestselling author of Child 44

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Cold People: From the multi-million copy bestselling author of Child 44

Cold People: From the multi-million copy bestselling author of Child 44

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A vastly ambitious novel, tackling the weightiest questions of our time in a form that rarely loses the tension of a thriller, despite the complexity of its subject matter.

Cold People opens with a couple of historical vignettes about Antarctica before moving to the present day. Cold People also dances around interesting questions, but never quite engages with them - it's more focused on setting up a dramatic final showdown rather than really thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of humans as a species.A brilliantly conceived post-apocalyptic story that tackles a well-worn subject (a desperate race to save humanity) from a new and absolutely captivating angle. How do these considerations stack up next to the eventual consequences of Fu’s eventual world alterations?

Most people are scrambling, desperate to get passage by plane or ship as they have only a limited time to set foot on the Antarctic continent. I feel it would have done better as a larger tome, or even multiple books, each dealing with a different section (journey to Antarctica, the first few years, genetic engineering, then the weird advanced creatures). But after getting off to a great start, in which a family overcomes grievous odds to make it to Antarctica by supertanker only to get caught in an offshore logjam and risk missing the aliens' deadline, the novel loses its heart and narrative sweep to stiffly written scenes and didactic commentaries. g., alien invasion, genetic engineering, and the hardships of Antarctic and post-apocalyptic life, to name just a few.

Smith’s latest combines a number of electrifying sci-fi set pieces with a breathtaking insight into the human instinct to love life and each other, no matter the cost. Though he isn't present in every scene, he conveys each piece of the story leading up to the murder as if he were an omniscient narrator, capable of accessing every character's interior perspective. It's probably relevant to acknowledge that I don't read many dystopian novels or books set in a post apocalyptic world. the first half covers humanities initial reaction to being told they have just 30 days to travel to the most inhospitable region on Earth, Antarctica, or risk being annihilated, and how they make that journey. For the thieves there was nothing to steal, for the melancholic there was the ocean to meditate upon and for the deviants there were other deviants.

From the brilliant, bestselling author of Child 44 comes a suspenseful and fast-paced novel about a colony of global apocalypse survivors seeking to reinvent civilisation under the most extreme conditions imaginable. I never fully understood quite why an Israeli soldier, with no aptitude for science, would be hand-picked to become a geneticist’s assistant, seemingly purely because he was a closeted gay.I can see him going back to this idea as it has a kind of open-ended conclusion that leaves enough scope for a sequel and if he does I will read that too. This is a story that really captured my imagination and the author has such a wonderful way with words that I was able to imagine his descriptions. However, the focus is not just on the day to day survival of the humans who made the journey, but the future survival of the human race in a place in which they are not meant to survive. If this was the story Smith wanted to tell there were possibly more elegant and less contrived ways of getting there.

A staggeringly beautiful alien armada had arrived, the moment many had pondered but few had ever thought would happen. It’s most definitely a piece that I believe will continue to prick my conscience and cause me to re-evaluate how I live my life, the good things and the bad. Dystopian novel of aliens overtaking the world and forcing the current population to relocate to Antarctica.It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and won the CWA Steel Dagger Award. The concept of Cold People appealed to me as it featured topics I enjoy, including survival in a post-apocalyptic world, mysterious alien contact, the Antarctic, and establishing new societies under challenging circumstances.



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