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The Children of Men

Review, Synopsis, and Summary of The Children of Men

A dystopian novel by P. D. James, published in 1992, The Children of Men focuses on the year 2021 in England where the humankind suffers from mass infertility. The novel, while alternating between the narrative voice of the third person and first person, explains the consequences of mass infertility.

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Author:  P. D. James                                                                                                         

Genre: Dystopia

Pages: 241

Good reads rating:  3.68 of 5

My Ratings: 7.14 of 10

Published: 1992

Publisher: Faber and Faber (UK) Alfred A. Knopf (US)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Dystopian Novel The Children of Men

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Dr Theodore Faron writes a book that begins in the year 2021 as the first page of the diary opens. The book covers a strong story about the sperm counts of males which are decreasing to zero in the year 1994. Due to this reason, the expectation raises of humankind’s extinction. The last people are born in the year 1995 and they receive the name Omegas.

Xan Lyppiatt, a cousin of Theo, receives an appointment as the Warden of England in the last general elections. Since people lost interest in politics, he abolished democracy and begins an egalitarian government. In the events that unfold, Theo meets Julian, who is a member of a group of dissidents known as five fishes. The group wants Theo to meet Xan and talk to him about some reforms which also include bringing back an improved democratic state.

As Theo prepares to meet Xan, we come to know about various realities of the year 2021. The Omegas remain a difficult, spoiled group of children and live a luxurious lifestyle. Since the planet earth is dealing with global infertility in males, people treat newborn animals as their own infants.

They rule the United Kingdom by a decree of the Council of England, which comprises only five people. It is mandatory for every citizen to learn about Animal Husbandry because if they are the only human beings left on the planet, they will need to breed animals for their survival. The state also opened pornography centres that offer special transmitters which emit radiations known to increase libido in man.

Meanwhile, as Theo meets Xan, his meeting did not go well. He forcefully resigns from his post as Xan’s advisor. Xan also discovered that Theo brought someone else’s interests in the meeting and told him he will take action against the five fishes. Theo leaves England and after he comes back, he finds out that Miriam, a lady from five fishes is pregnant. First, he thought it’s a joke, but later Miriam showed him the heartbeat of the baby.

Miriam gives birth to the son of Julian, and as the events unfold, Xan comes to know about the baby. After the killing of Miriam, Xan and Theo confront each other. Subsequently, Theo kills Xan. He then removes the coronation ring from his cousin’s finger and becomes a temporary new leader of the United King. He introduces the baby to the Council of England.

Final Say on Dystopian Novel The Children of Men

This novel receives my rating of 7.14/10 because it covers a fascinating story. The novel offers thrill, mystery, adventure and politics. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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