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Told with P. D. James's trademark suspense, insightful characterization, and riveting storytelling, The Children of Men is a story of a world with no children and no future. 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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    A chillingly understated, matter-of-fact telling of a horrifying future that seems eminently plausible. And yes, there is the whole human-spirit-triumphs thing, but the effect is decidedly not Disney-esque fluffy-pink happy. It feels real and is more satisfying for it. I really loved the movie but the book was different enough that I wasn't always comparing and in fact the book brought out subtleties and different ideas that the movie didn't evoke. The only reason I'm not giving it four stars is, well... it ain't Tolstoy. One of the best of its genre though.

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