Fictional, though possible.
I think there was so much detail in other parts of the book, but the last few chapters were lacking. I felt as though the author got through writing 3/4 of the book, and rushed through writing the last part in order to meet a deadline.
There were several scenes that were powerful. The description of the baby nursery, and the Children's Village, was touching. The narrator described well how the babies struggled to thrive without consistent parental contact.
I didn't laugh or cry, but I did think. I do not agree as the book implies, that these drastic social upheavals could be accepted as normal in one generation. But then I think about the 'working mothers' who were rare just 40-50 years ago, and now everyone thinks 'stay at home moms' are so lucky! I think if we allow incremental slips in cultural norms, then before long, we wonder how we got where we are.
There are people who think this book is all conspiracy and black-helicopter fiction. I just think it's a book to make us think about what could happen if we don't pay close enough attention to what's happening around us.
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