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A Final Goodbye

Hello readers,
Happy New Year!
I know that in the last post I said that it was the end of the novel study and you're probably wondering “What does he think he’s doing???” Well, I decided (our teacher decided) to do one last wrap-up post.

First off I want to say I think that this book was a great fit for the novel study.  It talked about many important issues such as:
-Global warming
-Genetic modification
-Governments and corruption
-Corporate control
This book fits well into the study.  It also had many different perspectives on the global issues from the different characters as many of them have different backgrounds.  However, if it comes to reading for fun it may be a little bit different.  I would recommend it, as I did like it.  Although I think you have to be a certain type of person to enjoy it.  It can be slow in some parts and is quite long.  It also does have some strong subject matter and can be quite heavy sometimes.

Finally, if I were to …
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