Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Review

Fatherless (fiction)
Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner
 Faithwords / 2012

Reviewed by Diane Busch
This is Dr. Dobson's first venture into fiction.  This well-written novel captures your attention and keeps it.  There are many levels to the plot going on at the same time.

Fatherless takes place about 40 years in the future, when it is no longer considered normal to be married with children. Those who do have children are called " breeders". All pregnancies are tested for defects and any problems are weeded out before birth.

People who are handicapped or old are considered to be burdens to families or society and are called “debits”. The Youth Initiative gives them the ability to go to transition clinics where they transition their estates to the next of kin and are euthanized.  Christians are in the minority and are looked down upon by those in the world who are more “advanced in their thinking”. 

Fatherless is thought provoking fiction.  Great for book club discussions.  I suggest by the way the book ends that there may be a sequel coming.

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