3 out of 4 stars
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With Apple’s recent announcement that its’ Apple Watch Series 4 can generate an EKG like a single-lead electrocardiogram, Final Notice by Van Fleisher has shifted out of the realm of science fiction and into the realm of scientific prediction.
In the foreword, Fleisher writes that his intentions for the book are to call attention to the way that senior citizens are perceived in the United States and highlight, “…our seemingly insatiable appetite for guns.” He has pledged to donate ten percent of net income from the book to organizations promoting better health care, educational and job opportunities, and fewer guns for fewer people.
The prologue begins with the assertion that if we were able to know for certain that our own death was impending, “Some would spend the time getting their legal affairs in order.” Others would make their final farewells or do something they have always wanted to do. Some would complete mundane tasks or donate to a favorite cause, “And some…might kill.”
The plot centers around entrepreneur Vijay Patel’s invention of the VT2 fitness watch, a device akin to a sports watch. The VT2 is so advanced that it can monitor an individual’s vital signs and predict that person’s impending death within a 30-day window. The story details how various characters respond to this information during initial field-testing of this product. Some characters use guns to settle old grudges because they know they are not likely to face the long-term consequences of their actions.
I thought the idea of a death-predicting watch was an intriguing one. The book was well-written. It did contain some errors. There were no graphic sex scenes. There were descriptions of violence, but it was not graphic and not gratuitous. It is probably suitable for young adults and upward. There are many different scenes and characters, but they are easy to keep track of. I did not feel particularly involved with any of the characters, but the story moved along logically and easily.
The author did a good job of describing how seniors are sometimes treated in this country. He also managed to convey how complex the subject of gun ownership really is. My only real complaint is that these problems are not as easily solved as is implied and Fleisher sometimes only looks at one side of the debate. Describing a philosophy of more stringent controls on gun buying is fine. Such a philosophy does not, however, address the numerous other concerns surrounding gun ownership.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it as a light-read on a complex subject. It will at least get you thinking. Just don’t expect to find any real solutions here.
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