Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fatherless by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner

I was recently sent the book Fatherless by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner to read and review. Before I give my thoughts, here is an excerpt from the Fatherless website for you to get a glimpse of what this book is about.

"The year is 2042, and a long-predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson-a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career-is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy. Plagued by nightmares about her absent father, Julia finds herself drawn to the quiet strength of a man she meets at a friend's church. As the engrossing plot of FATHERLESS unfolds, Julia will face choices that pit professional success against personal survival in an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world.

In the dystopian tradition of books like 1984, Brave New World, and The Hunger Games, FATHERLESS vividly imagines a future in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition."

Taken from the Fatherless website

It usually takes make one or two episodes before I am sold on a TV series, so it did not surprise me that it took two chapters for me to be hooked on this book. Once I got past the initial meeting of the key players and characters, I could not wait for any chance I had to sit back with Fatherless to see what would happen next.

It is very easy to see how by looking at our society today, where the possibility of this scenario happening can occur. Households with more than one child are frowned upon, women without careers are viewed as having given up their talents, family members who are sickly are considered a financial burden and are encouraged to "transition" themselves out in order to allow their families to receive their assets, a society whose work force is much smaller than the number of people dependant on their tax paying could ever support.

I fell in love with one character and was very irritated with another. These characters were polar opposites of each other although at one time in their lives they were best friends- one choosing to give up her career as a nurse to become a wife and stay-at-home mother of three while the other despises all things domestic yet longs for the same type of life and love that her friend has.

To read chapter one for yourself go to the Fatherless Homepage where you can also follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

There are two other books coming in the series- Childless and Godless. More information on those are on the website as well.

Fatherless is being released today!


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