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The End of Marking Time by C.J. West
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Jan 16, 11

Read in January, 2011

Is there ever a time when it is right to do wrong? How do we determine if a person learned from their mistakes, and how many chances do we give a person? The End of Marking Time explores these questions as the story of Michael O'Connor unfolds.

Without giving away the ending, I thought the premise of the entire story was a bit unbelievable especially when it comes to crime and punishment. There is a saying about the "the punishment fitting the crime", and I think this is crucial to understanding our current justice system. In addition to that maxim, we have laws regarding the protection of property and life. I cannot set up a death trap in my home to catch a prowler because life is more important than property. I can however defend myself if I feel my life is threatened by a prowler. The distinction between these two scenarios is that one is the proactive taking of a life (i.e., the death trap to catch a prowler) versus the reactive taking of a life (i.e., defending yourself). It seems these ideas get thrown out the window in the place where Michael O'Connor lives.

Although I found the justice system a bit unbelievable, I thought the story was true to the idea. It definitely hooked me in, and the ending was a real stunner. I finished the book two nights ago, but I've lingered over the message and the ending since then.

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