19 December 2007

Seeing the end approaching

The Children of Men

P.D. James
Grand Central Publishing, 2002

The narrator Theo, an urbane professor of history in a world without a future, finds his empty, numbed life given a new sense of purpose as he is drawn into a conspiracy involving five disparate people (the Five Fishes), each with their grievances against the Warden of England (the narrator's cousin) and his totalitarian rule of a dying nation. What Theo does not realize is that one of these conspirators, a woman with whom he is falling in love, is, well, I'll let you find that out.

The novel is suspenseful and chilling, while also possessing a literary richness unlike many SF novels that deal with similar themes. I would favorably compare it with A Handmaid's Tale.

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