Cold people : a novel / Tom Rob Smith.

By: Smith, Tom RobMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Scribner, 2023Edition: First Scribner hardcover editionDescription: 352 pages ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781982198404; 1982198400Subject(s): Survival -- Fiction | Antarctica -- FictionGenre/Form: Apocalyptic fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction) | Novels.Summary: A mysterious force captures Earth and gives humanity thirty days to move to Antarctica, where they will be allowed to exist and survive in the planet's most extreme environment.
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From the brilliant, bestselling author of Child 44 comes a suspenseful and fast-paced novel about an Antarctic colony of global apocalypse survivors seeking to reinvent civilization under the most extreme conditions imaginable.

The world has fallen. Without warning, a mysterious and omnipotent force has claimed the planet for their own. There are no negotiations, no demands, no reasons given for their actions. All they have is a message: humanity has thirty days to reach the one place on Earth where they will be allowed to exist...Antarctica.

Cold People follows the perilous journeys of a handful of those who endure the frantic exodus to the most extreme environment on the planet. But their goal is not merely to survive the present. Because as they cling to life on the ice, the remnants of their past swept away, they must also confront the urgent challenge: can they change and evolve rapidly enough to ensure humanity's future? Can they build a new society in the sub-zero cold?

Original and imaginative, as profoundly intimate as it is grand in scope, Cold People is a masterful and unforgettable epic.

A mysterious force captures Earth and gives humanity thirty days to move to Antarctica, where they will be allowed to exist and survive in the planet's most extreme environment.

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Kirkus Book Review

After aliens occupy Earth in 2023 and enact "the largest genocide ever committed," all human survivors are forced to live in Antarctica, where genetic engineering becomes key to their survival as a species. The survivors are given 30 days to make it to the frigid continent. Children younger than 14 and adults older than 45 must be left behind. In Hope Town, a ramshackle settlement one group of immigrants creates, the arts are "as important to survival as housing and food." But in McMurdo City, where billionaires and Nobel Prize winners reside, science rules. The fruits of the research there include "ice-adapted" children including Echo, a 6-foot-6 female with blue blood, lizardlike skin, and fat cells derived from the octopus. Increasingly, tension grows between those who have embraced the DNA modifications as a way of protecting their children from the subzero cold and those who believe that only an entirely new breed of human is capable of surviving in it. "Invaded by aliens, we have created aliens of our own," declares an unhappy geneticist. Part Frankenstein and part Nineteen Eighty-Four, the latest novel by the author of Child 44 (2008) is nothing if not ambitious. But after getting off to a great start, in which a family overcomes grievous odds to make it to Antarctica by supertanker only to get caught in an offshore logjam and risk missing the aliens' deadline, the novel loses its heart and narrative sweep to stiffly written scenes and didactic commentaries. Smith has no interest in the aliens, who are never seen or heard. There's little character development--Echo could have been sketched in by a computer. And an ordinary character's physical attraction to her is awkward to the point of icky. A dystopian novel that can be as cold as its setting. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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