Book Review by
I first read about this book in a column on the Religion page of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I was so intrigued by the storyline and description that I immediately ordered a copy. It arrived to my home on a Thursday, and other than to eat or sleep, I did not put it down until I finished it – late in the afternoon on a Saturday. Thankfully, I have a very understanding husband and daughter who have realized that once I get engrossed in a book, they are on their own until I finish it.
This is a series of three books, “Fatherless” (available now); “Childless” (available in fall 2013) and “Godless” (available in summer 2014). After finishing “Fatherless,” my copies for the next two books have been preordered, and I cannot wait for them to arrive.
As the book jacket states in its description, “‘Fatherless’ vividly imagines a future in which present-day trends come to sinister fruition. The year is 2042, and the long predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped.”
I have wished many times to have a crystal ball to be able to see into the future, but this is not a future I ever hope to see. In the 2042 world, there are too many feeble and old versus vigorous and young. Transition centers are being set up to “help” the old and feeble die, marriage and children are considered a thing of the past, ‘pregenetic’ testing is required if you do want to have children, Christianity is only for religious extremists and churches are almost nonexistent. It is not a world I would want to live in, but it is one I can easily see coming to fruition.
There are many characters and many storylines – Antonio, who chooses to die because of his disability, a burden to his family, considered a detriment in society, and his family’s reactions to that decision; Matthew, who desires to be a college professor but does not have the means to attend college unless his mother transitions and leaves him the money set aside for her care in her senior years; Julia, who is a feminist supporting the idea that women who marry and have children – “breeders” as she calls them – are somehow faulty in society, but at the same time finding herself yearning for that life; Kevin and Angie, who are a set of Christian parents finding it hard to follow their sense of Christian values and ideals in light of the new world.
The scary part is I see a lot of truth in this book, even though it is supposed to be fiction. This book is not for the faint hearted. It is an intense book to read. It was frightening and fascinating at the same time. Along with laughter and tears, cold shivers went up and down my spine the more I became engrossed in this book because I could easily see this becoming the future of America – my America – our America, an America we as Christians must pray and fight to see that it never happens because if it does, may God have mercy on us all.