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Final Notice by Van Fleisher talks about what people would do if they knew that they were going to die, whether they would get their personal information and will in order or they would exact revenge on someone by killing them through gun violence. A company develops a sports watch, called a VT2 that would monitor the well being of a person, and if their health declined enough, they would receive a notice that was telling them when their death would come. To get more data from the users, the company decided to have their testers be senior citizens. Alongside all of this, there is also a lot talk about gun control and whether it would be necessary to have a gun or not. A lot of pros and cons were presented on having a gun would be good or not, but it leans more to what the author believes.
I don't want to give away too much, but the information is presented in a fairly compelling way. It is done in a way that I thought was tasteful. People should read the book themselves to get the full idea of what the book is about. Since it was well done, I give would the book 4 out of 4 stars. However, the information that was presented about guns was definitely done in a way that would not appeal to people that don't believe in gun control and are worried that guns will be taken away altogether.
There's also the fact that racism against immigrants was explored some too. Mostly just the fact that a lot of individuals were of victims of hate crimes. Personally, I don't know any immigrants but I think that the immigration laws should be reformed in a way that is easier for families to come to the United States. Out of curiosity, I looked up information on how much it costs to become a legal immigrant and I saw that it was over $1,000. https://legalbeagle.com/5378708-much-co ... grant.html breaks down all of the steps that an immigrant needs to do to get here and it should be up to date because the copyright year was 2018.
Perhaps the most interesting thing that was brought up was the idea of a watch that could measure a person's vitals in real time through the technology presented in the watches that were created by the fictional company. The idea of the watch doesn't seem that far off and it was well researched too. It's just the idea of what a person would do if they knew that they only so many days before they die was a bit equivocal because it really showed the character of the individuals that received the final notice alert. It doesn't seem right to know when your demise will be, it is better to live life to the fullest and to not dwell on what could have been and what should have been.
Having this book be our book of the month seemed to be an interesting course of events. Was it chosen before the most recent shooting in Florida or was it just a coincidence that it was chosen after this incident? It must have been intentional, especially since the author gives money to organizations that are working toward better gun control. It was an interesting book that I will recommend to others to give a try.
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