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ISBN13: 9780307275431
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The year is 2021, and the human race is — quite literally — coming to an end. Since 1995 no babies have been born, because in that year all males unexpectedly became infertile. Great Britain is ruled by a dictator, and the population is inexorably growing older. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and, incidentally, cousin of the all-powerful Warden of England, watches in growing despair as society gradually crumbles around him, giving way to strange faiths and cruelties: prison camps, mass organized euthanasia, roving bands of thugs. Then, suddenly, Faron is drawn into the plans of an unlikely group of revolutionaries. His passivity is shattered, and the action begins.

The Children of Men will surprise — and enthrall — P. D. James fans. Written with the same rich blend of keen characterization, narrative drive and suspense as her great detective stories, it engages powerfully with new themes: conflicts of loyalty and duty, the corruption of power, redemption through love. Ingenious, original, irresistibly readable, it confirms once again P. D. James's standing as a major novelist.

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"In this convincingly detailed world...James concretely explores an unthinkable prospect. Readers should persevere through the slow start, for the rewards of this story, including its reminder of the transforming power of hope, are many and lasting." Publishers Weekly

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"A book of such accelerating tension that the pages seem to turn faster as one moves along." Chicago Tribune

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"As scary and suspenseful as anything in Hitchcock." New Yorker

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"Extraordinary....Daring....Frightening in its implications." New York Times

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"Fascinating, suspenseful, and morally provocative. The characterizations are sharply etched and the narrative is compelling." Chicago Sun-Times

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Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she cant believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .

The first novel in a two-part series, Archetype heralds the arrival of a truly memorable character—and the talented author who created her.

About the Author

P. D. James is the author of nineteen books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British Civil Service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of Great Britains Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was created Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991. She lives in London and Oxford.

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mattio8987, May 29, 2008 (view all comments by mattio8987)
The novel The Children of Men is about the last few fertile men living on earth in the year 2021and how it is extremely hard to conceive a child do to the unknowing of men becoming infertile that year. The book starts off by saying that the last child born with the possibility of bearing children has died making it virtually impossibly for the human race to succeed. The thought of the race crumbling around them is a hard thought for the men to sallow, and a hard concept for everyone to grasp creating the fear that the human race will soon die out. With little to no idea as to how to continue the human race the fear becomes more alarming everyday. The book also goes on to say that those not affected by the extremely odd epidemic will have little to no chance to save the world do to the rapid decline in population and the inability to repopulate the world. In a way this book could foreshadow what could happen to the human race in the future. I recommend this book because it shows that the world in unpredictable in that anything is possible, and anything can happen to the human race. This book is also a quick read and thrilling for those who like thrilling, bone shaking, and reality checking novels.
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ericgant, June 29, 2007 (view all comments by ericgant)
A fascinating exploration of a simple idea, humans stop having children. With no future in store for the race, society begins to unravel. Seen through the viewpoint of an Oxford historian this is a powerful story of the end of hope. However, one small chance becomes apparent and the protagonist must use first his government connections and then his actions to protect the one chance that humanity has to continue. This novel is quite different and much superior to the overblown movie made from the basic idea. A very good read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307275431
Author:
James, P D
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
James, P.D.
Author:
Waters, M. D.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Twenty-first century
Subject:
History teachers
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
Science / Adventure
Subject:
fiction;science fiction;dystopia;mystery;novel;british;england;infertility;sf;post-apocalyptic;apocalypse;future;dystopian;thriller;speculative fiction;suspense;crime;futuristic;apocalyptic;literature;20th century;contemporary;movie;fantasy;children;end o
Subject:
fiction;science fiction;dystopia;mystery;novel;british;england;infertility;sf;post-apocalyptic;apocalypse;future;dystopian;thriller;speculative fiction;suspense;crime;futuristic;apocalyptic;literature;20th century;contemporary;movie;fantasy;children;end o
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.35 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307275431 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In this convincingly detailed world...James concretely explores an unthinkable prospect. Readers should persevere through the slow start, for the rewards of this story, including its reminder of the transforming power of hope, are many and lasting."
"Review" by , "A book of such accelerating tension that the pages seem to turn faster as one moves along."
"Review" by , "As scary and suspenseful as anything in Hitchcock."
"Review" by , "Extraordinary....Daring....Frightening in its implications."
"Review" by , "Fascinating, suspenseful, and morally provocative. The characterizations are sharply etched and the narrative is compelling."
"Synopsis" by ,
Introducing a breathtakingly inventive futuristic suspense novel about one woman who rebels against everything she is told to believe.

Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she cant believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which. . . .

The first novel in a two-part series, Archetype heralds the arrival of a truly memorable character—and the talented author who created her.

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