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

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Tom Rob Smith has created a whole new way of living, as the survivors adapt to their surroundings and start new communities. The concept of Cold People appealed to me as it featured topics I enjoy, including survival in a post-apocalyptic world, mysterious alien contact, the Antarctic, and establishing new societies under challenging circumstances.

It’s detailed, thoughtful and convincing - if this bizarre scenario somehow happened, I’d believe that humans would create a society like this out there. These weren’t stars, she thought, they were too bright, too big, and they were arranging themselves in formations – they were ships, ships in the night sky. From the brilliant, bestselling author of Child 44 comes a suspenseful and fast-paced novel about a colony of global apocalypse survivors seeking to reinvent civilisation under the most extreme conditions imaginable.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. On page 135, Yotam muses that “It was clear that the survivors of this alien occupation would be disproportionately represented by the two most powerful countries in the world.

Michaelides takes a literary turn in his latest novel, employing an unreliable narrator, the structure of classical drama, and a self-conscious eye to dismantling the locked-room mystery. History has proven that we humans find it difficult to peacefully co-exist with anything, much less another race or species. New cultures emerge; teenagers fall in love and dream of a better life; and all the while, beneath the ice, something new is growing with dreams of its own.Discuss other world-altering discoveries, the degree to which they were shared with the world, and their consequences. Maybe, but the sasquatches whom the volcano displaced contributed to the statistics, too, if only out of self-defense. In 2023 it follows a handful of those who undertake the exodus to the most extreme environment on the planet. Having read other novels from the author I thought I’d try this one, despite the sci-fi genre not being my typical read.

I read Tom Rob Smith’s novel The Farm a while back and enjoyed it so thought I’d give his latest, Cold People, a shot - annnnd it wasn’t nearly as good, unfortunately. I’d’ve thought it’d be top of most peoples’ conversation topics but I get it - the aliens aren’t really the point, they’re just the story catalyst. However, it is humanity through the eyes of individuals, rather than the response from governments and countries, which seems lacking.

Of course, not everyone is able to complete such a trip, and there are many casualties prior to arrival.

It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and won the CWA Steel Dagger Award. Honestly, the book reminded me of my teenage years in the 80's, when I was a huge fan of X-Men comics. Next came Child 44, later made into a movie on the big screen starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace.The premise is great but I was getting so angry at the lack of interest by the author in exploring any of this. A brilliantly conceived post-apocalyptic story that tackles a well-worn subject (a desperate race to save humanity) from a new and absolutely captivating angle. Ooh I love a dystopian thriller and books that make me think about the ways in which we are messing up the planet.

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