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The Age of the Child

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When a genuinely altruistic government decides it's time to "think of the children," what could possibly go wrong?

It's the worst time in the nation's history of reproductive legislation for someone like Katherine, who doesn't want a child, to learn she's pregnant. The ratification of the pro-creation Citizen Amendment has not only criminalized the birth control that woul
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published November 23rd 2017 by Penxhere Press
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Caroline Palmer
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book every pro-life and anti-contraceptive advocate should read. This book is a thought provoking story of the consequences of forcing their moral views on others.
Cheryl Anne Gardner
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To Birth, or not to Birth. It's complicated, and just like The Handmaid's Tale (though only slightly less severe) The Age of the Child illustrates how complicated can quickly move into horrific human rights violations when those making the decisions suffer from a myopic worldview.

To save a life versus to save a life from suffering. Which one is right? And for whom is it right? Which one is ethical? Economically feasible? Less morally reprehensible?

Which one is less complicated?

Creation is comp
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James Viscosi
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, dystopian, sf
An interesting exploration of the dystopian society that results when all forms of contraception and abortion are outlawed (and even miscarriages are suspect and investigated), and the society that results from THAT, when the country is awash in unwanted children, and only a select few couples can get a license to "carry" (i.e., for the woman to become pregnant). This reads almost like two books, with the first half being the setup for the second half. The first half is good; the second half is ...more
Hannah Laura Parker
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the book that I hoped Vox would be. Not only does it have the all-too-relevant premise and the scathing social commentary, but it also delivers deft worldbuilding, fascinating characterization, and an ending that pulls no punches and refuses to wrap things up neatly. Tsetsi gives us an unflinching look at a society that feels all too possible in this day and age, and then takes things a step further and imagines what the natural consequence of that society might be, twenty years down the ...more
Brittany
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The childless and childfree community has been abuzz with the amazing new novel, The Age of the Child, by the equally amazing Kristen Tsetsi. The dystopian world Tsetsi created in her book may be fiction, but, in this day and age, it doesn't feel very far-fetched. It's rare to find a novel that portrays childfree women at all and, if they do, they are often assigned very stereotypical characteristics. This is not the case in The Age of the Child. I had the chance to speak with Kristen about her ...more
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Review originally published at: https://www.lomeraniel.com/audiobookr...

This is a dystopia where childbearing is taken so seriously that abortions and even miscarriages are investigated and legally punished. The main characters of the first part are two female friends who conceive around the same time but only one the children is wanted. The book follows the story of these two children, two girls, who remained friends from the beginning, but whose very different upbringings marked them for life.
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Jeffrey Miller
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine if you will, a future where the right to have a child is legislated and birth control are criminalized. Moreover, for those couples who find soon find themselves parents-to-be when they do not want the social responsibility of raising a child, soon find themselves outside the law when they try to abandon their child.

In this powerful and evocative novel, Kristen Tsetsi serves up a nightmare vision of America that will have you riveted from one page to the next. This is not a quick and eas
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Tina Dalton
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kristen Tsetsi writes a thought provoking book about a controlled culture of birth control, forced parenthood, a license to parent, and the personal relationships that can cultivate in this environment. I truly liked each character. Getting to know them, their individual stories, and their ultimate decisions. I also liked that this also touched on how having child can change a relationship.

This book made me think because every situation in this book could be possible with politics constantly wa
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Claire Fitzpatrick
I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

As someone who is very pro choice and doesn’t actively want children I was really curious to read this. I was happy to find it made me rethink certain views (I’m sure I have more than once, in a heated moment, declared people should require a license to breed). A well balanced narrative and an interesting topic.
Julie Fretwell Shock-Parochka
This book makes you think. What if..... What if the decision was taken away? Truly a fine read.
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Kristen Tsetsi (1974- ), author of THE AGE OF THE CHILD, was born in Sacramento, CA. She grew up, for the most part, near Heidelberg, Germany after her father moved there for not-secret government work. She has been an adjunct English professor, an instructor of expressive, play-, and screenwriting, a town news reporter/feature writer/columnist for a daily newspaper, a Women's eNews correspondent, ...more