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The Ice People

The Ice People [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Gee
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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This is a multifaceted story dealing with big, contemporary issues: how the Earth might change as it descends rapidly into a new ice age; what might be the consequences if falling sperm counts affect the frequency of child birth; how technological developments could alter everyday life.

These themes intertwine as we follow the fortunes of Saul, the technically astute but socially naïve husband of women's rights activist Susan. Saul works as a nanotechnologist, making breakthroughs in artificial life which help in the development of "mobots", automated housecleaning robots which become known as "Doves". Meanwhile Susan becomes a leading light in Wica, the women's political party that is running Britain.

However, as the weather continues to get colder, Saul eventually feels compelled to kidnap Luke, his sickly son, from mother Susan and head for Africa where it may just stay warm enough to sustain life. This marks the beginning of a different kind of adventure, one which will see Saul and co fighting for their lives as society disintegrates around them.

Gee, an established author and former Booker Prize judge, displays the full range of her talents in this densely written, fast-paced novel. --Sandra Vogel


'A fantastic book.' Mariella Frostrup'Excellent... intelligent, driven, imaginative, obsessive yet still gracious, one of our best.Exciting stuff.' Fay Weldon'Up there with Orwell and Huxley.' Jeremy Paxman'A gem of a book.' Rose Tremain 'A rattling good page-turning yarn.' George Melly'Maggie Gee is one of our most ambitious and challenging novelists.' Sunday Times'A gem of a book.' Rose Tremain'She writes elegantly, unsentimentally, expertly.' The Independent'Mordandly witty, unsparing, politically savvy, a beautifully clear and bracing nasty vision.' TLS

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 186066153X
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (18 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XF8HT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 6 Sep 2008
This is one of the greatest books I've read. It has so many layers - stories of the future including climate change, but also much of the present such as family relationships. Best of all, it's a really easy read - no pretentious language to get on the way of the story. It made me think a bit more about what's happening to us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest climate change book this decade! 7 May 2009
This is the first Maggie Gee book I read and it will be the first of many - I am now a devotee... What a brilliant writer. The Ice People turns many contemporary debates on their heads or takes them to their extremes. Global warming has slowed down the onset of the next Ice Age, but when it comes to Gee's people, it arrives with terrifying speed and plunges our pampered populace into panic; their descent into base animal survival mode is swift and terminal. Meantime, racism does an about-turn as northern refugees vy for asylum in Africa; sexism rules and through the eyes of our hero (Saul) the men are still missing the point and wondering 'What did I do wrong?'... I'm sure Gee had the greatest fun creating her own dystopia. I certainly enjoyed reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mbknees 7 Oct 2013
By mbknees
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A bit drawn out, but as a sci-fi fan this is a good read and like 1984 and Brave New World, a bit prophetic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite sure 27 Sep 2013
By Miss L
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This story took me quite a while to get into - its a strange mixture of believable and not quite believable glimpses of the not too distant future. However, I did find that I couldn't abandon it and once the story got going and moved away from the endless descriptions of fertility struggles I enjoyed the main characters and their journey.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I just finished Maggie Gee's 'The Ice People' and it was really absorbing. It's an amazingly fast, vast book, rocketing through one man's life story and chronicling the messy, clumsy love he shares with his partner against the extraordinarily unpleasant and convincing end of Europe as the new Ice Age comes in (dated around 2030AD.) Shades of the classic apocalyptic visions of Orwell and Huxley are obvious, and it stands against them in quality, too. It's perversely humourous, and while the onset of disaster is unrelenting (and the finale, the staggering sequence of nightmares that rips apart the few last bonds) it's not without glory and hope, but it's not held in the arms of Civilisation, it has been reclaimed by the earth, the birds - ironic because mankind's greatest love at the end are Doves, synthetic children and lovers to some extent, replacements certainly - and the children are the ones who escape, out of control, beyond the understanding of the adults, creating fear and disgust for them (but not for us, the ones who are distanced from this vision of earth, warmly knowing that it's not Our Children, not Our Ice Age, as they would feel the same about us.)

It's a delicious achievement, and has managed also to weave in one element that I feel is missing from books such as 1984 - in those it is a certain power that takes over due to the common man's passivity; in this it's simply consumerism, a more convincingly modern threat. Rather than being forced into war and poverty to set the scene, we simply follow the path we're already on. Thus our hero manages to be much more responsible for the calamity just for existing - and yet ice ages here is inevitable, so in other ways much less so. It adds a depth, a modern twist that is missing from other efforts.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Freezing Relationships in a freezing world. 18 Dec 1999
By A Customer
This book is easily read in one sitting. It is exiting and bold in it's vision of a future that propells our imaginations to question our present. The important socio-ecological themes such as climate, population and race blend to paint a tale that serves to remind us that there is a need for relationships between men and women that goes beyond ideology- the survival of the human race. Gee inteligently parables the interests of the two sexes' priorities for survival in this moving, exiting and relevent story.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing vision of the 21st century 18 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This is a most compelling and haunting book. It is a highly imaginative yet disturbingly credible vision of the world's destiny.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and Haunting 24 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Easy to read, yet full of interesting and provocative ideas, I found this book to be very frightening but also very believable. It really does linger in the mind long after completion. My favourite book of the year so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary SF at its best
Wow. An amazing book that stuck with me long after I finished it. An excellent novel in terms of characterisation, plot, pacing and any other metric you care to use. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chandelier
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst read for a long time
A very poor read, poor plot. The idea of a plot with climate change is good, sadly not in this novel
Published 7 months ago by anne
5.0 out of 5 stars an illuminating story
An interesting and understated book. The breakdown in gender relationships was intriguing and unusual. A good introduction to ideas concerning climate change.
Published 7 months ago by Kim Haviland
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than an apocalypse story
A well written, gripping novel with wider-ranging thoughts on the future of civilisation when it clashes with climate change that turns out to be the opposite of global warming. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Felis
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I was not sure whether this was my type of reading material but I was without something to read on a wet weekend. Downloaded it and I could not put it down. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gardenqueen
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought it would be.
I almost gave up on this book halfway through but as I had payed for it I forced myself to finish it. I am relieved that it didn't get the better of me and that it's finished. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Debbie Gavin
4.0 out of 5 stars A great science fiction read!
It had some interesting ideas on gender debates and an excellent storyline until the ending. The notion of segregating the sexes was thoughtfully examined.
Published 8 months ago by Tatania
4.0 out of 5 stars this would make a wonderful film
I found this book compelling and convincing. The author has a vivid imagination and writes well - the writing does not get stand between writer and reader but instead draws the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss Jacalyn A. Leedham
5.0 out of 5 stars The ice people
A fantastic book. Powerful and exciting. Vivid and emotional, I almost felt I was there, making the journey with them - through their relationships and through Europe. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. C. F. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping ..
From the first page to the last I was gripped by the theme of this book. It was to me futuristic and visionary and I understood where the author was coming from and where she was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Biddy
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