Children of Men is a dystopian world set in the not too distant future where no children have been born for twenty five years. Those who are becoming old are living in fear of the future as services are reduced and safety is compromised. Government Quietus events are held and the elderly “volunteer” to drown themselves.
Those who were the last generation to be born – the Omegas – are cruel and sometimes lethal when they roam in gangs.
People cling on to hope which comes in various forms.
Education continues but only for the bored. Religion is diminished as people celebrate the birth of cats in the absence of babies. Sojourners from overseas who take care of the elderly are themselves returned to their home countries when they reach the stage of no longer being of use and the criminals who are caught are unceremoniously left on the Isle of Man penal colony to fend for themselves in a lawless society.
Theo, the cousin of the Warden of England, is approached by a young woman he finds interesting at one of his lectures. What he eventually finds out about her changes the course of not only his life, but the lives of everyone close to him.
The book is different to the film about, for example, the death of his child but both are fast paced and somehow believable.
Love and the love of power are the two main themes and one overcomes the other.