First volume of a dystopian sci-fi adventure set in 24th century Eurania, formerly known as Europe, deserted due to bioterror attacks, nuclear power plant accidents and epidemic diseases. The remnants of mankind live in the ruins of the Euranian megalopolis divided into small communities. People are not allowed to reproduce naturally and birth rates are controlled through infertility rites. Women known as maternesses bear and give birth to carefully selected human embryos, and they give the children away to be adopted by fostering centres.
Mist, 14-years, has always been different from others. She is capable of having conversations with old machines but it is not appropriate to discuss her ability. Mist’s friend Pihka knows about her secret, but is repelled by it. When it is time for Mist to cross into adulthood and participate in the infertility rite, she decides to run away, but finds herself facing a dead end. Pihka betrays her and tells her father about Mist’s strange powers. Mist is forced to subject herself to the rite. However, during the rite something goes awry and Mist manages to escape…
The second instalment in the trilogy, The Sand Soldiers (WSOY 2012), continues the powerful themes of The Frost Children.
Shortlisted for the Sci-fi Book of the Year prize in 2012.
Shortlisted for the Finlandia Junior prize in 2011.
“In terms of its potent societal themes, this archetypal dystopia draws comparisons to the stance-taking works of Ursula K. Le Guin” – Ecstatic Days
“The Frost Children… is a fine example of the Finnish ability to offer a unique response to international trends while remaining cognizant of the genre’s conventions” – Helsingin Sanomat
English translation chapter
French translation chapter