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A Novel of Life, Liberty, and Faith. The year is Tolerance is the highest virtue. Deviance is the norm; speaking out against it is a crime. Any lifestyle choice is fine as long as it doesn't lower your federal Healthcare Score. What an interesting story! This was definitely a well-crafted novel, written by a supremely talented writer.
And I applaud Buckman for weaving this chilling cautionary tale which is so significant, given the age in which we live but tough to read at times, given the Brave New World-esque subject matter. I thought about giving it 5 stars, but then gave gave it 4, because as good as it was, it did not affect me quite as profoundly as Brave New World, , or The Lord of the World, all older works that deal with similar themes. But perhaps that's because when I read those in my younger years, I couldn't possibly imagine a world where the government would be allowed to strip its citizens of so many inalienable rights.
I definitely recommend this book--highly. It will scare you, but it will also inspire you to do what you can to combat life-destroying forces of evil, when and if they come to your hometown. Sep 19, Kia rated it really liked it. If you are considering reading this book, be forewarned: It is really hard to read. As in, there are dead kids and babies in this book.
Since having children of my own, I can't generally handle that sort of thing and if I had known ahead of time, I probably wouldn't have read this book. But I didn't know and I started reading and by the time the really horrible, depressing stuff came up, I was hooked. Buckman has created a harrowing depiction of our possible future if we continue down the road w If you are considering reading this book, be forewarned: Buckman has created a harrowing depiction of our possible future if we continue down the road we're on.
Specifically, lack of respect for life and too-powerful governments running our lives and making inhumane bureaucratic decisions in the name of efficiency.
The story is well-told and totally gripping so that, as much as I wanted to stop reading, I had to see what would happen. At many points in the story, I told myself, "Oh, that could never happen.
Read "Death Panels" and take a good look at the sorry, demoralized, sick, sick society we still have a chance not to become. View all 5 comments.
Jun 12, Jill Williamson rated it really liked it. In a futuristic land, David Rudder leaves the Christian Reservation in an attempt to see if there is a Christian underground in the Unified Order. Being a doctor, he spends a day working in a hospital and rescues a Down syndrome baby from being terminated. Will David be able to get back to the reservation with the little boy or will he get caught? What an interesting story!
I really enjoyed the clever planni In a futuristic land, David Rudder leaves the Christian Reservation in an attempt to see if there is a Christian underground in the Unified Order. I really enjoyed the clever planning that went into storyworld. There were a lot of points of view to keep track of, and I got several of the women confused for a while before I could finally keep them all straight. But the book was intriguing and gave me lots to ponder. I thought it was cool. This story depicts a future when tolerance laws protect everyone except Christians, and punishment by government for dissent is swift and severe.
Humans are not valued as individuals but only for how they or their biological parts might serve the world order. Parents are lied to and pressured to give up their parental rights, submitting their children to government "schools. Parts of the story showing how babies and children are treated a Prophetic! Parts of the story showing how babies and children are treated and used were very emotional for me.
I love that this novel had several interesting plot lines woven together, but for me there were too many characters' names to keep track of. Once I see a name, I think that character is important, but perhaps some of the minor characters appearing once or twice did not need to be named. I do recommend this novel to adults and mature teenagers.
Aug 17, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Imagine living in a world in which using your cell phone can get you arrested. Imagine living in a world in which reading the Bible could get you in trouble, or mentioning the name of Jesus could get you institutionalized. Catholic author Michelle Buckman has crafted just such a world in harrowing detail in Death Panels: A Novel of Life, Liberty and Faith. Not a pleasant thought. Then again, the truth very often is not pleasant to face.
In Death Panels, Buckman gives us a wake-up call. This is a world in which not only are abortions prevalent but expected, in which developmentally deformed infants are euthanized and organs harvested, Christians live in poverty and squalor in ghettos separated from society. This is a world in which forces for good are forced underground and efforts for change are uphill battles. David, a covert Christian doctor, steals away an infant with Downs Syndrome in order to save his life.
Along the way, we follow his lonely struggle, escaping the peril of capture and arrest at every turn. Just when we think he has run out of options, he meets a whole community, hidden in the recesses of society, who think the way he does. Buckman masterfully crafts this society in frightening detail through the actions and dialogue of her characters. The short episodes keep the action moving.
I am reminded of one infamous line from the movie Casablanca in which a Nazi officer spat out, "You'll remember that here in Casablanca, human life's cheap!
In a world where human life is cheap, where comfort and convenience, as well as a false sense of tolerance trump everything else, including the dignity of the human person, those who are oppressed will rise up and plant the standard of Christ firmly back in its place. Way to go, Michelle Buckman! Keep these stories coming. The world needs to be reminded of the dignity of all human life! Jun 17, Reader rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the first book I've given 5 stars to in and I also added it to my list of favorites. It's a great novel that addresses the most important of all human rights issues, the right to life.
I thought when I wrote it back in , I had made it way too far-fetched. Other than the Dome, which was done for story-telling purposes of having the hero This is the first book I've given 5 stars to in and I also added it to my list of favorites. Other than the Dome, which was done for story-telling purposes of having the hero be an outsider, the whole scenario is opening right in front of us. Nov 13, Ange rated it really liked it. This is hard to read at first because the world painted is so horrible and sad, and so easily a place we could become.
But then you get hooked in as you follow David as he tries in one small way to right a terrible wrong. The faith of the characters is steadfast and real, full of doubts but pushing on in doing what they think is right. This is the first book in a long time that I actually stayed up late to read.
Oct 20, Neil Combs rated it it was amazing. Reading this book, I found it especially relevant to where health care seems to be going globally. I hard a hard time putting it down. Apr 09, G rated it it was amazing. My goodness how eerily similar to what is happening now. We are in a battle for religious freedom, we can't lose that fight. Jul 22, Erin Cupp rated it it was amazing. It was gripping, page-turning, and surprisingly satisfying at the end.
Apr 26, Carole rated it it was amazing. I think it is so scary because so many of the policies in this book, which takes place around , are being put into place now, and the attitudes are heading towards the attitudes in this book. Dec 27, Melissa rated it it was amazing. Loved it, but was shocking at times! Sarah Park rated it really liked it Mar 10, Tara Lewis rated it it was amazing Oct 03, Teri rated it really liked it Mar 22, Toni Ladd rated it it was amazing Aug 24, Mara rated it really liked it Jan 05, Sherri R Sevegney rated it really liked it Jan 12, Gabrielle rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Tavia Stiegler rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Holly rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Kidhawk rated it liked it Feb 07, Natalia rated it really liked it Jun 17, Mike rated it it was amazing Aug 13, Sarah rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Caroline rated it really liked it Jan 27, Jamie Wilson rated it it was amazing Dec 03,