FATHERLESS is the first of a three-part fiction series by Dr. James Dobson and 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. The second and third books in the series, CHILDLESS and GODLESS, will follow at eight-month intervals.
Co-author Kurt Bruner says about FATHERLESS:
“In a world with an actively and rapidly aging population, and all the burden that that places on the young, you have the national leaders calling for a Youth Initiative, which sounds so wonderful until you realize what they are doing is the fiscal conservatives – who really have jettisoned concerns about the sanctity and dignity of life or the beauty of marriage and the family – these fiscal conservatives are driving the utilitarian view of humanity that says, ‘Listen, if you’re old or disabled or unable to contribute or carry your load, then really you should volunteer yourself to be eliminated, so that we can leverage your assets for the young and healthy and the productive.’”
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