Reviewer: Amelia Rhodes Source:
Dr. James Dobson, Kurt Bruner
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.
“Fatherless” is an intriguing and thought-provoking read. The book takes a look at many “what-if” scenarios as it follows four families of various economic positions and scrutinizes the plans of the politicians who run our future country. What if assisted suicide was legal and considered a compassionate and heroic method of helping your family? What if we could eliminate genetic issues for every child through testing and only conceiving via in-vitro? What would the socio-economic and spiritual results be?
The authors—including the well-known Dr. James Dobson—don’t neatly wrap up every question. Rather, they allow you to ponder many scenarios for yourself through the eyes and emotions of the characters. Although the main storylines at times carry heavy political conversations complete with statics and economic factors, the plotlines keep you moving through the pages wondering what will happen next.
“Fatherless” also presents a realistic portrayal of society’s views on sexuality. The characters represent both sides of the spectrum: those who believe in a free and unattached sex life and those who are committed to purity and marriage. The authors don’t shy away from the struggles of each side. The story also presents a refreshing and beautiful picture of a marriage that endures and thrives through the pressures of untrue accusations, heavy workloads, and challenging child-rearing situations.
Because of the mature themes, we give this book a family-friendly rating for ages 12 and above.
Content Description: Sex: Child’s future sex life mentioned; porn habit mentioned a few times; multiple occurrences of husband and wife having sex; suggestive photo described; man alluded to be homosexual; repeated descriptions of husband and wife kissing and caressing; man places hand on woman’s backside; man drapes arm on woman’s bare shoulder; woman invites man to spend the night; woman makes advance at married man. Language: B-1; D-1 Violence: Woman attacks another woman with scalpel; woman dies from blow to head; people die from lethal injection; retelling of playground bullying. Drugs: Multiple mentions of drinking; woman takes sleeping pill; woman takes prescription medicines. Nudity: Nurse undresses patient; woman in suggestive clothing; woman self-examines breast; crude mention of breastfeeding. Other: Woman suffers from repeated nightmares; woman goes to psychiatrist; child diagnosed with mental retardation; boy has ALS disease; doctor encourages abortion; woman suffers from dementia; husband has affair and leaves family.