Children of Men by P.D. James

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CHILDREN OF MEN by P.D. James

Author and Importance of her work

Phyllis Dorothy James (1920 - ) is one of the greatest English novelist of all times, and unquestionably, the greatest mystery writer alive. She is often compared to Agatha Christy because of her mastery to accomplice suspense and to make the reader addictive to her stories, but the fact is that her writing goes higher than that. She has said that her influences include Jane Austen, Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh. Her first novel Cover her face became an unexpected success and her reputation rose instantly. Today, every book she publishes with her name on the cover sells millions of copies around the world.

The Times (one of the most reputed newspapers in the UK)
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Subsequently, the world's elderly have died, the middle-aged have become elderly, and the young have matured into adults - but not a single child has been born. Scientists have struggled fruitlessly to understand the phenomenon and to develop new ways to extend and improve life.
The first to notice were the gynecologists, the obstetricians and midwives.
The last generation of people born in 1995 are known as Omegas. They are arrogant and proud to be the youngest people on Earth. They will soon reach their thirties and they will no longer be kids. The rest of the population are old and will eventually die. All the toys, except for dolls (used for desperate women) and babies clothes were burnt. There is crime and discrimination. Schools are closed. Adult education is the only form of formal education at the time. Nobody cares about politics. It is not the main concern since there will be no government in fifty years from that moment.
Sex is a National pastime. Though people lose interest.
Pets and dolls treated as virtual infants; the despair of millions leading to mass suicide

PLOT

Early this morning, 1 January 2021, three minutes after midnight, the last human being to be born on earth was killed in a pub brawl in a suburb of Buenos Aires, aged twenty-five years, two months and twelve days.

It's set in the year 2021, and is told in the alternating first and third person perspective. The future
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