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Life in a Fishbowl – Len Vlahos. Reviewed by Mango Bubbles Boy (12)

Jackie’s dad Jared has a brain tumour. He has four months to live. It is America, so he has loads of medical bills. So he sells his life to the highest bidder. Yup, that’s right. On eBay:


Forty-five-year-old man with four months to live is selling his life to the highest bidder. You may do with him as you please – slavery, murder, torture, or just pleasant conversation. A human life, yours to control, yours to own. Buyers must live in a state or country with a law allowing assisted suicides, and the buyer bears the cost of transportation and tax. There is as reserve for this auction.”

There are many bidders, all of which are beaten, by eBay taking down the listing, because it violates their guidelines. But, one man gets in touch. Ethan Overbee. He works at the ATN (American Television Network), and wants to make a TV series about Jared’s life: called Life and Death. Ethan offers Jared $5,000,000. Jared takes it. And so starts Life and Death.

This is a really good book, I have had it for a while, and have not got round to reading it. But I finished my previous book, and I read the blurb, sounded great! The book was better than the blurb. One evening I was reading it and I just got to a really awesome bit, and I just shouted “Yes!”. That night, I just kept reading. I stayed up until about 10pm, just so I could finish it. Shhhhh, don’t tell mum!

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