3 out of 4 stars
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Final Notice by Van Fleisher is a fictional novel consisting of thirty-one thrilling chapters. The easy-to-read plot follows main characters Vince and Trudi Fuller and Vijay Patel through a period of growth of both technology and the use of guns in America. Vince and Trudi are retired seniors who, after experiencing a life-threatening accident, consider the times they live in and decide to purchase their very first firearm as a form of self-protection. Little do they know how newly acquired gadgets such as the gun, a laptop, and a watch which predicts the time of death are about to change their lives.
Meanwhile, Vijay Patel has recently developed a new watch that accurately measures and analyzes the health of the person wearing the device. The watch, which can provide the wearer and their family members with a final notice of impending death, could have positive effects on the lives of Vijay’s family. However, Vijay will be forced to weigh the importance of improving life for his family against the negative impact the watch has on those with access to guns across America.
I appreciate the way the author uses Vince and Trudi’s lacking knowledge regarding guns to introduce firearm facts and statistics to readers. I also like how the author uses the plot to shed light on additional real-life issues such as an overwhelming amount of time spent browsing social media, racial profiling and prejudices, and fake news, to name a few.
There are a few things I do not like about Final Notice. An underlying tone assumes all firearms owners will inevitably commit some vicious crime. I do not agree with this line of thinking; therefore, it was, at times, difficult for me to read through the material. While several chapters discuss topics which typically bore me, such as politicians and politics, the script adds to the overall plot. There are two incidences in this second edition where it seems the author made notes within the text for future editing opportunities. Unfortunately, the notes remain in the place of the desired text. These misplaced notes cause some confusion and distract the reader. Lastly, the book seems to end abruptly, sans cliff hanger. I was ever-so-thankful to turn to the next page to find an Epilogue that wrapped things up quite beautifully.
Final Notice is well edited. While there are several instances of additional spaces appearing between words, I believe the occurrences are merely compatibility issues with Kindle for PC. For instance, some words have spaces between letters on the minimized view. Once the page is maximized to a full-screen view, several issues are instantly resolved.
I rate Final Notice by Van Fleisher 3 out of 4 stars due to the awkward notes left in the text. While there are a few parts of the book I do not personally care for, most of the book proves to be an absolute page-turner. Readers who do not enjoy plots involving politics, a few instances of profanity, or a graphic description of murder may not enjoy parts of this book.
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