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

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Song Fu declares on page 200, “‘For the first time in human history, we had made a world-altering discovery and then declined to alter the world with it. How do they and the thousands of other refugees manage to live in this chilly, desolate new world and form communities? Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. Dystopia is one of my favourite genres and having been a huge fan of Child 44 etc I was intrigued whether Tom Rob Smith could make the leap. Do you think that, had Hope City been in charge of the Cold People project, its leaders would have handled it differently?

Split between three camps are the majority of the survivors while the previous presidents and high ups live in a scientific area working around the clock to create solutions to survival. I found this a fascinating premise though the thought of those Antarctic temperatures made me want to swaddle myself in blankets. Pretty predictably, in fact, but like I said, there is going to be a sequel if that ending has anything to do with it. Many of them are seriously abhorrent and need to be kept in secure quarters, deep in the ice below the surface.Maybe these virtues couldn't ultimately save them from extinction, but they could make the last decades of people some of the best.

The premise is that aliens suddenly arrive in the sky and humans receive messages, though televisions, phones and other tech devices, that they need to go to Antarctica within thirty days or else…. 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 was heavily invested in the characters from the beginning and it was just as interesting learning about their pasts, as it was their current journeys. A few citizens of McMurdo city were more interesting however, in particular Yottam, as we learn more about the 2 skipped decades during his section. He tries to imagine the setting up of a new community with new rules, overcoming the logistical issues of life in the ice.But, added to this, is a large dollop of hubris, the arrogance of people who assume that their refusal to accept there are moral boundaries that should not be crossed and that there will be unforeseen and dramatic consequences for doing so. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker. 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. On page 161, upon seeing Eitan, a geneticist says, “‘Invaded by aliens, we have created aliens of our own. Oh, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a motion picture based on this novel is created – the scenery, nostalgic landmarks and special effects would be amazing.

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