Children of Men – P.D. James

Children of Men
Children of Men by P.D. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My overall thoughts:

1. This was such a beautifully written book, P.D James does a fantastic job of telling this story in a way that makes it so incredibly believable. The basic premise is that all the men in the world have become infertile meaning the last lot of pregnancies become the last generation of children. We follow the story of one man as he struggles with the aftermath of this event and how he attempts to hold onto the fragile strings of his life whilst life in its essence seems pointless.

2. P.D James’ writing style is gorgeous, I found myself wishing the novel was longer purely so I could read more of her wonderful words. She builds a brilliant backdrop to this novel which left me feeling unnerved at the prospect of this one day coming true. I loved that I felt this way as it meant James had done her job extremely well and had led me to fully invest and believe in the story.

3. The protagonist of the story is male, something I sometimes struggle to relate to but I had no problems in this novel whatsoever! I felt really connected with the pain and suffering this man was going through whilst silently hoping his story would end positively.

4. The novel flows fantastically, I couldn’t wait to get onto the next exciting chapter of the novel and found I was thinking of the story constantly whilst away from the book!

5. Overall I have no difficulty saying this is one of the best books I have read so far this year and I have a strong feeling that it’ll be in my Top 14 of 2014 next year! I highly recommend to any who enjoy post-apocalyptic reads!


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