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Nightmare vision of humanity without a future,
This review is from: The Children of Men (Paperback)
There have been a lot of good reviews of this book written already, so I'll keep it short.
The story is set in a world where no children have been born for over 20 years, and it appears that the entire human race is sterile. Theo is an Oxford professor who is forced into the centre of the action when a group of political activists want to use him to help overthrow his cousin, the Warden of England (essentially the dictator ruling Great Britain). A lot of interesting topics are touched upon, including the treatment of the youngest generation to ever walk the Earth and the rise of a dictator and the public's general apathy towards it so long as they can live comortably, which leads to the use of immigrants to do the jobs that nobody wants to do, the use of the Isle of Man as a huge prison and the encouragement of ritual suicide of the elderly.
There are two things to point out:
1) The book doesn't have a lot in common with the film, other than the general premise. It's not really better or worse, but it's different and worth reading even if you think you've seen in all before.
2) This sort of thing has been done elsewhere, in 'Greybeard' by Brian Aldiss. Both books are good, and I wouldn't really recommend one over the other.
A good book, slightly let down by the ending (it does reach a conclusion, more or less, but I didn't like it) and a few minor loose ends.