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

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

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

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Do you think that, had Hope City been in charge of the Cold People project, its leaders would have handled it differently? Although this isn’t the type of storyline I usually go for, I loved Child 44 and The Farm so requested it from Netgalley because of the author. But as the experiments get more complex, and the results more extreme, is there still a role for humans on earth? It is a group of individuals that are the main focus as they make their journey to the frozen south. The start was slightly confusing but the rest of the book developed into an engaging dystopian read.

The book moves through several POVs which was interesting - but a little hard to keep track of the timeline with each. So that even close to the end, Smith is still introducing new characters with multi-page backstories before moving back to the action. I wonder if a sequel is planned in which the remnants of humanity make contact with their alien usurpers. When the aliens arrive, Liza and Atto are forced to quickly take steps to save their own lives and those of their families. Smith cleverly never makes the aliens' motives clear, so we're left to wonder, along with the protagonists, whether they are galactic guardians punishing humanity for destroying Earth through climate change or rapacious colonisers herding humans into a reservation so they can exploit Earth themselves.The goal was to develop powerful beings that could withstand the cold and perform jobs that humans could not do in extreme climate. My thanks to Simon and Schuster UK for providing an early copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

When I reached the end of the book I felt a little frustrated because I wanted to know what the aliens were doing with the rest of Earth. Another suspension of disbelief is required, especially since the supply chain has been completely disrupted and they seem to be able to cobble together whatever is needed while surviving in brutal cold. The bulk of the narrative is the story of this journey and then of the survivors, twenty years on from this event, eking out an existence in the most inhospitable continent on Earth and trying to find new ways to survive. I suppose the invasion itself wasn't the point of the story he wanted to tell, but even descriptions of the lives of the survivors felt lacking.Vogue, Most Anticipated Books of the Year * “Fascinating…a propulsive ride…through a well-built world. There seemed there no real response and then, when we arrived there, you lost sight of some characters, as the story jumped ahead.

How do you think this mentality informed the values that they attempted to instill into the new race of people? If this was the story Smith wanted to tell there were possibly more elegant and less contrived ways of getting there.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. Cold People also dances around interesting questions, but never quite engages with them - it's more focused on setting up a dramatic final showdown rather than really thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of humans as a species.

Many of them are seriously abhorrent and need to be kept in secure quarters, deep in the ice below the surface. Early into the narration of “Cold People “ I became aware of the magnificent creation of a brand new world by author Tom Rob Smith, and I found myself mentally living within its shadow. I was intrigued by the author’s scenarios of how the survivors created habitations, workplaces, social structures, and developed food sources in such bleak circumstances. The People: we’re introduced to a select few whose adventures we’ll follow, notably an American family on holiday in Lisbon, a boy the family meet there and an Israeli soldier (of course we’ll meet others as the story progresses) . The book concentrates on how the remaining humans survive in Antarctica, the most inhospitable place on Earth and what they do to plan for the future when they are no longer able to scavenge from what they brought with them.but no… pretty soon the readers starts wondering about the development of the story, which decides for catchy screen figures and is clearly written for the adaptation for a series on one of the streaming portals. The premise is that aliens suddenly arrive in the sky and humans receive messages, though televisions, phones and other tech devices, that they need to go to Antarctica within thirty days or else….



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