4 out of 4 stars
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Final Notice by Van Fleisher is a fictional novel that tugs a lot on reality. The story is about the consequences of a running deal the NRA (National Rifle Association) has going and the creation of a device that allows people to know when they are going to die. In the case of the novel, knowing when you will die can be both good and bad because some people may use their last time to actually do some good, whereas some will only want to create mischief. The story focuses quite a bit on a recently retired couple, Vince and Trudi, whose lives were simple and uneventful until Vince is knocked down by a youngster in a parking lot. His sense of shame and rage, resulting from feelings of age-related vulnerability, triggers his first-time interest in guns. Trudi resists but later changes her mind for several reasons.
According to the author, the aim of the book is to cause people to get the discourse going on gun laws and gun control. The novel is set in the United States of America, where currently they are seeing an increase in gun-related crimes and mass shootings, and an increase in dialogue regarding gun control. I especially liked this book because it highlighted some of the underlying issues that are present in the country, that are not limited to guns.
The novel focuses on a very important point, not just about gun ownership, but in general. Just because you can, it does not mean you should. In our present time, most things happen just because they can, which is not a very good path we should be taking.
The story is told in the third person, and while that makes the story easier to follow, I didn't exactly like the way the story switched from each person. It required much more effort, as you had to pay attention or you would be quite lost. There were many times when I busted out laughing because something funny that was said in the book. There was also a "Suits" reference that made me smile, regarding the name of a law firm in the story (Pearson, Spector and Litt).
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it is a good book, with no obvious errors noticed. I would recommend this book to persons who love reading political novels, or novels that mirror real life with weird twists. This novel is book club worthy because there are many thought-provoking moments in the novel.
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