Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Cold People (April 2023)

By Tom Rob Smith

April 18, 2023

For a moment it was as if the whole sky was full of campfire embers that swirled among seagulls distressed at the commotion but otherwise unharmed.  And then the beaches were empty, the parks were empty, the freeway and pier were empty, the seagulls were calm again and the only people left alive on the planet were those who had reached Antarctica.

The World Has Fallen.

Without warning, a mysterious and omnipotent force has claimed the planet for their own.  There are no negotiations, no demands, no reasons given for their actions.  All they have is a message: humanity has thirty days to reach the one place on Earth where they will be allowed to exist … Antarctica.

Cold People follows the journeys of a handful of those who endure the frantic exodus to the most extreme environment on the planet.  But their goal is not merely to survive the present.  As they cling to life on the ice, the remnants of their past swept away they must also confront the urgent challenge: can they change and evolve rapidly enough to ensure humanity’s future?  Can they build a new society in the sub-zero cold?

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