The Children of Men (1992)Read about another book on the list.
James’s first and only foray into dystopian fiction is set in 2021, when mass infertility has led the human race to the brink of extinction. The last generation to be born are known as “Omegas”, and England has become a brutal dictatorship. The hero, Theo, is approached by a dissident group and introduced to a young woman who, miraculously, is pregnant. The story was turned into a 2006 film directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Clive Owen. James described it as “a grim book”.
The Children of Men is on Torie Bosch's top twelve list of great pandemic novels, Joel Cunningham's list of eleven scary fictional diseases, John Mullan's list of the ten most notable New Years in literature, Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders's list of the twelve most unfaithful movie versions of science fiction and fantasy books, Ben H. Winters' list of three books to read before the end of the world, and John Sutherland's list of the five best books about the end of England.