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The Children of Men by P.D. James
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Apr 05, 2011

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I know it seems ridiculous to review a book by comparing it to the movie version that followed, but it can't be helped in this case. The movie had so little to do with the book that I think it's pretty nervy to publish an edition with a picture of Clive Owen on the cover. The movie was superior to the book in many ways, not the least of which is the focus on post-9/11 global relations and a sense of apathy in the face of Armageddon. None of this is the fault of the author, as the book was written long before 2001. I'm merely pointing out the superior attributes of one of the best films of it's genre that I have ever seen. (Seriously, I need a "Goodreads" site for film.) Anyone who reaches for this book after seeing the movie should be warned. That said...

The book remains a competent and thoughtful telling of a futuristic society facing its own extinction due to pandemic infertility.

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