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

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Their flirtatious rendezvous is inconveniently interrupted by alien occupation and a chaos similar to that of the start of War of the Worlds ensues – this time however humans are their own worst enemy as panic sets in due to an impending deadline to reach Antarctica. A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy. 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) .

If we look at the various premises and themes in this novel, we see that the author has created a world where the various humans and their governments believe that: change and freedom of thought/belief will ultimately lead to chaos and revolution; fear of change and of cultural differences cause distrust and alarm - all the knives come out in defense; and aliens and scientific mutations are NEVER to be trusted - because they just want to take over the planet and toss us humans into the freezing ocean, or just plain exterminate us. Under the ice, there are mountains of minerals that would allow humankind to thrive and build new cities.

There was just enough to keep me reading to the end, purely to find out what will happen, but there isn't really a satisfying conclusion.

I needn’t have worried, there’s a lot more depth here than the elements I’ve described would suggest.Original and imaginative, as profoundly intimate as it is grand in scope, Cold People is a “spellbinding…speculative masterpiece” ( Library Journal, starred review) that’s “chilling in so many ways” ( Los Angeles Times). Such an interesting premise for a novel, not to center it on the aliens but on the humans left and how they will live and create with what is left.

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