4 out of 4 stars
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If I had a way of knowing when or how my life would come to an end, I probably would live differently from the way I do now. I would probably put extra effort in realizing dreams or goals I’ve being putting on hold for a very long time. Ever since I understood death from a Christian perspective, though it can never be fully understood in my opinion, I have become content with knowing and allowing God to be the one who decides when my life here on earth will come to an end. When I read the preview to Final notice by Van Fleisher, I was taken aback by the writer’s perspective of death and many other issues in the society. I must say that the studious person in me was itching to find out what the writer’s view on these issues was. Final notice is a fictional book that is mind blowing in its entirety.
Though set up in the United States of America, the societal themes that come up in Final notice are no stranger to other societies in the world. Themes such as gun ownership, is something that other societies in the world are also grappling with. In view of the gun shootings that have been experienced in America, I do support the writer’s anti-gun ownership view. I’ve always loved watches; I mean I’ve always felt good wearing one. In Final notice, an interesting aspect of a watch is brought out. Reading about the doctors who created this watch with unique abilities, kind of reminded me of a cartoon character I have watched who’s watch had abilities that are more or less similar to the one in this book. In final notice the watch literally is the final notice just as the book is titled, a final notice to human beings last moments on earth. How they choose to live their last moments, is what turns out to be a page turner.
The characters, I found interesting were the elderly couple. Having to make a decision on whether they should own a gun, was intriguing. Perhaps because I want to have a relaxing life in my old age, is the reason why I found them interesting. I think people in their old age should generally live a relaxed life instead of worrying about such things.
Even after reading the book, my perspective on death as I indicated in the first paragraph, has not changed. I still hold the Christian perspective of living a life that pleases God and the promise of eternal life he has made to those who believe in him. It is upon the basis of this perspective that I wish to caution those that would disagree on the writer’s perspective on preparing for death, to be cautious when deciding to read the book.
Generally, it would be unfair not to give credit where it is merited. Final notice editing, progressive introduction of characters, plot development and blending of theme meets the highest standard. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars.
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