Fatherless by James C. Dobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book came out at an appropriate time. I had just read about three articles before reading this book about the decline in population and its effects on the economy.
I enjoyed this book. The first several chapters were a bit confusing because he switched between the different major characters and I had a hard time following what was going on. But once I got into it, I just wanted to read it. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in this series.
I felt that the issues he touched on--elective suicide of the elderly or disabled (he called it "transitioning"), fertility rates, genetic selection (choosing only embryos with "good" genes to weed out disabilities and chronic diseases), population decline, the disappearance of marriage, etc.--were very real issues, some of which are happening now and some of which I could see happening in the future. These are some of the exact social issues that concern me, so it was a very interesting read.
The issue of "Fatherlessness", despite that being the book's title, didn't really come up as much as I thought it would. It was more implied than actually talked about.
I would definitely recommend "Fatherless" to my friends and family.
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