Cold People: From the multi-million copy bestselling author of Child 44

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Cold People: From the multi-million copy bestselling author of Child 44

Cold People: From the multi-million copy bestselling author of Child 44

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There was just enough to keep me reading to the end, purely to find out what will happen, but there isn't really a satisfying conclusion. Their flirtatious rendezvous is inconveniently interrupted by alien occupation and a chaos similar to that of the start of War of the Worlds ensues – this time however humans are their own worst enemy as panic sets in due to an impending deadline to reach Antarctica. The aliens carry out their threat for the majority of people that don’t make it to Antarctica and play no further part in the novel.

Liza is an American, on holiday in Portugal, when she meets Atto, and their relationship is interesting, and we watch it develop through this crisis. He tries to imagine the setting up of a new community with new rules, overcoming the logistical issues of life in the ice. Once he starts doing things though, Eitan steals the show and the novel ends in a semi-interesting way - except it’s a case of too little, too late, and I’d stopped caring long before that point.The aliens referred to in the synopsis are really no more than a McGuffin and after they have set the plot in motion they don’t appear again and are only referenced in passing so if you’re looking for conventional SF you may want to try something else. Well, my reasons are twofold: firstly, I have previous with Tom Rob Smith, having much admired his novel Child 44; secondly, I have a bit of a thing for apocalyptic novels and this one looked like it would certainly tick that box. A key plot element is genetic manipulation to create the “cold people” of the title, who are able to survive the Antarctic weather. This reading group guide for Cold People includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club.

They seem alien, otherworldly and not pleasant creatures to be around (sort of the point, of course, but there is next to no sympathy evoked). Reading the blurb, I initally thought I'd find a book where half is the arduous three week journey to Antarctica during an apocalypse, and half is the struggle once they get there. Although the characters were interesting as was the storyline, I have to admit it hasn’t converted me to this genre. Earth has been visited by alien crafts, and they have sent a message saying that the only place humans can live is the Antarctic, they have 30 days to get there.Then doesnt it figure that we, as a species, have learned nothing and in our hubris not accept well enough, but push things to extremes. Loved his other books but this was amateurish a cargo ship converted into a refuge for 100 000 people in less than 48 hours ? An armada of alien spacecraft has invaded Earth and given humankind exactly 30 days to move to Antarctica. Although this isn’t the type of storyline I usually go for, I loved Child 44 and The Farm so requested it from Netgalley because of the author.

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