Initially eager to read the newly released novel, Fatherless, by Dr James Dobson, I started it after purchasing it this past January. However, within the first two or three chapters, I felt the novel moved slowly, bogged down by political jargon and the necessary info to set the stage for the plot. Discouraged, I put it aside. However, last night I couldn't sleep and dug it out of my files on my Kindle and began to read where I'd left off. My initial difficulty with the book seemed to be unfounded as I read last night, as I was quickly swept into the story, reading until midnight. When I got home from church today I picked up the book again and just finished it. It was a fast read. I was shocked to see that it had 448 pages....it seemed much shorter.
The story is one which describes the behind the scenes action in Washington DC between politicians and journalists as they attempt to untangle moral and fiscal dilemmas and the frightening conclusions that such problems had led this futuristic America to employ. Frightening language such as "debits" "breeders" and "transitions" make for chilling alternative nomenclature for facts of our lives now that with just a slight shift in perspective can come to mean something else entirely. Human life, when robbed of its significance as a holy gift from God, becomes something to be manipulated, prevented or terminated as is felt to be necessary for the convenience of the "stronger" individuals.
The book is an intriguing study on what becomes of a society that has intervened in natural processes and what happens when their machinations have turned to bite them back. Abortion and birth control have eliminated a much needed force in laborers and taxpayers. The society finds itself burdened with the problem of an increasingly disabled elder population and with the lessening of the value of human life, this results in chilling consequences.
The story is frightening because it so easily could become a predictor of what lies down the road for us as Americans. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I look forward to reading Childless this coming October.