The novel opens with the first entry in Theo’s diary. It is the year 2021; but the novel’s events have their origin in 1995, which is referred to as “Year Omega”. In 1994, the sperm countof human males plummeted to zero, and mankind now faces imminent extinction. The last people to be born are now called “Omegas”. “A race apart”, they enjoy various prerogatives. Theo writes that the last human being to be born on Earth has been killed in a pub brawl.
In 2006, Xan Lyppiatt, Theo’s rich and charismatic cousin, appointed himself Warden of England in the last general election. As people have lost all interest in politics, Lyppiatt abolishes democracy. He is called a despot and tyrant by his opponents, but officially the new society is referred to as egalitarian.
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