Rodman Philbrick Writing Styles in The Last Book In The Universe

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Point of View

The novel is told exclusively first-person point of view from Spaz's perspective, in present tense. This present tense helps to add to the immediacy of the novel. Since Spaz lives in a world of danger where he could die at any moment, having him write events as they are taking place instead of recalling things that happened in the past adds to the urgency and contributes to his sense of peril. Telling the story exclusively from Spaz's perspective helps to highlight the character growth that takes place throughout the course of the book. Spaz begins the novel as someone who lives from day to day, disdainful of the very idea of planning for a future. He also thinks very little of himself and what he contributes to the world, as is highlighted through his internal monologue which the reader would not be as privy to...

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