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“The book uses the theme: "What Would You Do If You Knew – For Certain – That You Had One Week To Live?" to highlight the author's concerns about ageing, immigration restriction, political conservatism and corruption and — most critically — the heartless, amoral role of the NRA in the proliferation of senseless shootings in America.”
- Van Fleisher
Final Notice by Van Fleisher is a beautiful work of fiction that explores the reality of gun violence in the USA by setting the story in a dystopian future. The story revolves around the idea of finding out when someone is going to die. The idea is to finally get one’s affairs in order. The book essentially focuses on a myriad of themes ranging from political conservatism to corruption. Despite the fact that the author has used the genre of fiction, it is very clear that his main concern is the current predicament that plagues the USA.
This book is perfect for left-leaning people who are strictly against gun usage or at least want gun control. If you think that the NRA needs to stop justifying the horrific acts that have permeated across the USA, this book is for you. However, departing from the popular consensus about this book, I personally feel that this work is not esoteric in nature. I disagree with the idea that the author is trying to primarily cater to a left-leaning crowd. In fact, it seems that the author is projecting his concerns onto a conscious reader who is genuinely concerned about issues like gun violence and immigration, regardless of his political orientation. I feel that anyone who is politically aware of the abject reality in the USA would love to read this book.
One of the reasons anyone would love this book is the beautiful and fluid plot of the story. The author has eloquently delineated an intense storyline and infused elements of dark satire into it. The plot amalgamates a myriad of themes within it and explores a diverse narrative. The element of social realism in the story is what drew me the most to it, and I must say that the author doesn’t disappoint. He has created realistic characters with real predicaments and these characters have their own flaws. I didn’t find any overtly idealistic character, and I loved that.
Another thing I loved was the writing style of the author which surfaces time and again and further enhances the beauty of the story. The author has written with eloquence and impeccable grammar. Also, his knowledge of the subjects he is exploring is vast, and it is clear that he has done his research.
I happily rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It truly deserves this rating due to the complexity and elegance of the story, the strong plot, the error-free writing and the beautiful character development.
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