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