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The Ice People

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In this novel, Maggie Gee speculates about the survival of love between men and women in a frozen future world where children are rare, child-size robots run out of control, and homosexuality is the norm. Far into the the 21st century, civilization has broken down in the face of the deepening cold. An old man, Saul, lives in a disused airport with a gang of wild boys, who ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by John Blake (first published December 31st 1998)
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Melanie
Global Warming, an Ice Age, the segregation of men and women, and little household robots that are as dangerous as they are cute - how many problems can you pack in a Dystopian novel? Perhaps never enough, and so I felt overly unsatisfied after reading The Ice People.

The narrator, Saul, introduces himself in a pompous manner, "I, Saul, Teller of Tales, Keeper of Doves, Slayer of Wolves, shall tell the story of my times." What follows are 300 pages of whining about the failure of being a father,
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Hilary G
I've always loved science fiction (though I don't like that term much) and The Ice People encompasses the best that science fiction can do. The best science fiction isn't about ray guns and matter transmitters and warp ten (though those things are fun), it's about PEOPLE and what happens to them when things change, how they adapt to change (or not). There were many kinds of change in the Ice People – biological change (difficulty in having children), societal change (the segging), technological ...more
Ado Mohammed
I feel that giving this book one star is quite generous, I wish I had the option of giving it half a star. First of all, the title " Ice People" is a bit deceptive, because the author didn't seem too sure if the coming ice age is more of a sideshow, rather than the main theme of the book. It seems as if the author wasn't too sure if she wanted the book to be about societal collapse caused by a new ice age, or some kind of robot war against the doves, or even a society falling apart due to variou ...more
Jayne Charles
This sounded like an interesting concept when I spotted it in the bookstore. While the current preoccupation is with global warming and the melting of the ice caps etc, what if the earth actually got colder, and the Northern lands became uninhabitable? Suddenly Africa would come into its own. This is the main theme of this novel, but there are others along the way. First of all, the novel takes us a few years into the future, where society has been split - acrimoniously - along gender lines. Fer ...more
Helen French
An old man living during an ice age in the near future narrates his tale, explaining how humanity didn't see the big chill coming at first, then how men and women segregated as life got harder, how his relationship with Sarah fell apart, how he tried to take his son to Africa, where it would still be warm, how he ended up alone and unloved.

The main problem is that the main character is a selfish, misogynistic, lazy asshat. His partner is a harridan. In fact, according to the narrator, pretty muc
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Virginia
Oh my goodness. Where to start. I'm trying to process my thoughts and I really wish Gee had bothered to do the same. I think she took every idea about what could be going on in our dystopian future and mashed it together into one big jumble. This isn't too say that I didn't enjoy the book. I was nearly in the four stars camp, but as the story unfolded, I found my attention wandering.

Here's my problem. We know what's going to happen because it opens with our narrator Saul, alone in his dystopian
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Lisa
Apr 04, 2011 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I'm about halfway through this book and really struggling to finish it. I started reading it a couple of months ago. I just can't stand the main character I suppose. Hmm, nah, I just don't like any of the characters. The main character is weak and whiney. I have many colorful words to describe his "wife" but I'll keep this clean. I guess I'll just pretend the people in this story are the way that they are because the climate is very hot. I would like to know why the author chose to write from a ...more
Suzi
This book offers an interesting perspective on climate change and what the future may look like. Unfortunately I think Maggie Gee's point about our weather systems get lost amongst the dystopian world she draws. Through the unreliable narrator Saul we learn about the decline of human relationships as we know them and the rise of robots (initially designed to help with cleaning). The book is, in fact largely preoccupied with gender roles and the relationships between man and woman and not with we ...more
Fiona
Mar 19, 2013 Fiona rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
3.5 stars. A futuristic novel with flashes of emotional insight, though at times I didn't find the main character entirely convincing. Also, there were just too many different ideas - global warming followed by a new ice age, infertility, segregation of the sexes, the rise of Africa and the fall of Europe, nearly-human robots who can talk and reproduce themselves (and eat animals and humans - she lost me at that point!) - and more. Well written though with a plot that carries you along, and thou ...more
sisterimapoet
I like these dystopian novels. Not quite as good as Margaret Atwood, but still pretty thrilling and shocking stuff. I think I don't have the same idea of humour as the people who wrote the cover blurb, as I found it far more scary than funny. But I guess there was a wry smile or two at seeing familiar things warped a little and thrown back at us.
David
This was an interesting tale documenting the estrangement of the sexes in the backdrop of the onset of a new ice age. Lots of clever ideas in this dystopian novel
Cathy Wood
AMAZING! What a fantastic book! A great story with characters who I feel I know like real people and such vivid scenes that I felt that I was there with them. Even now I can almost hear the ice creaking it's way towards the UK.

I went straight out and bought another Maggie Gee book.
Yvonne
Not a big science fiction fan, but this book kept me reading even though the gender theme was a little too strong and stereotyped.
Kirsty
Utterly compelling story with unusual scope. Stretches itself through time & landscape like a nimble feline.
Randomsummer
Freezed my brains out. Couldn't make it past 100.
Mel Beaumont
gave up on this as the characters weren't engaging
Susie
Mar 22, 2014 Susie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Maggie Gee is an English novelist. She was born in Poole, Dorset, then moved to the Midlands and later to Sussex. She was educated at state schools and at Oxford University (MA, B Litt). She later worked in publishing and then had a research post at Wolverhampton Polytechnic where she completed the department's first PhD. She has written eleven novels and a collection of short stories, and was the ...more
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