How did you feel about the ending? (spoilers)

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How did you feel about the ending? (spoilers)

Post by freakkshowx » 16 Apr 2018, 07:36

I truly felt like the ending was rather unbelievable, and that the author was encouraging violence. The main characters celebrated a mass killing and were overall portrayed as justified. Was this off putting to anyone else?

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Post by nobunkum » 16 Apr 2018, 17:16

I thought that that was kind of ironic but accurate of a lot of people's thinking. That they don't see their own moral blind-spots. I thought that it was rather weird that Trudi's friend was convinced to come along and she bought into the idea that Trudi's plan would actually accomplish something and didn't mind risking her own life in the process.

I think that it was less off putting but more instructive of real life. How a lot of people who complain about things contribute to the problem but because of their own self righteous attitude they can't see it. Or aren't willing to do the hard things to make it actually better. I used to be surrounded by people who would talk about how bad the air quality was and how the government or businesses should do more to make it better. These same people had free public transportation passes provided by the government and yet they chose to drive each day to work. Large and small distances. Bad air quality days and good air quality days. They were contributing to the problem but they saw it as someone else's responsibility to take care of.

The same logic can be found in the book with the discussion with the watch development team. Basically, through the discussion they conclude that it wasn't their fault at all that there were adverse events with the watch. They should keep going with what we are doing because people want it. And it is the fault of the NRA that anybody would kill, not what they are doing.

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Post by freakkshowx » 17 Apr 2018, 10:40

Hm, I hadn't thought of it like that before. I'm not sure if that was intentional, but it makes the ending seem a bit more conclusive and important to the theme of the novel. I agree that it was strange to have Rasha immediately want in on the plan, especially because the author made an effort to highlight her experiences in Syria.

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Post by Raya raymond » Yesterday, 08:51

The ending put me off too. I believe in justice but not in that way. A wrong can never right another wrong

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Post by Aryastark » Yesterday, 21:05

I did not think of the ending in that way! To me, it was like they got paid in their own coins, also that they faced the consequences of their own actions. But I suppose you are right. A few precious lives were lost, not only the NRA staffers, but also people attending the program. Can we call it 'justice' simply because they were the ones to encourage guns? I don't think so..rather what Vince realised about not being a killer was the perfect sentiment to end the story, I believe. But then again, everyone from an entire population feeling the same way is just not believable, so I don't think the end could be that. I felt good that Vince did not resort to violence, as I feared he might. Trudy's actions caught me off guard, though. Do you think she meant to shoot someone, or merely showed the gun in order to initiate chaos? Or did everything happen just as an inevitable course of events?
However, I like how the epilogue ends in a hope for a better future, even if that is only fictional!

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