Author: Lance Rubin
|Book Rating: 3/5|
|Bottom Line: A nice light read with a different take on our world.|
Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For 17-year-old Denton Little, that’s tomorrow, the day of his senior prom.
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle (as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. Though he’s not totally sure. See: first hangover.) His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters…. Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.
Debut author Lance Rubin takes us on a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager’s life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.
The humor in the book was fun – the majority of that being between Denton and his best friend Paolo. They have snarky, off-the-wall conversations that would likely only make sense to them (or the reader in this case), but is just lighthearted fun. I truly enjoyed that portion. Denton’s girlfriend however is constantly annoying and always making Denton’s last day about her. While I understand that teenager’s are being normal teenager’s in this different world, it still seems that most of them are insensitive. I truly hope that if we can one day discover our death dates, that we don’t become so desensitized to death as they are in this story.
Quickly we learn that not everything is as it seems, which gives what could be a basic story about a boys last day some mystery. Denton’s actions are always amusing and more acceptable then those of his classmates, which makes me like his character even more. I go back and forth with the actions and reactions of his family members, not quite sure that their characters are fully realized, but again, there is more to come.
While I don’t know what’s in store for the next book, I felt like this story could have been wrapped up. Some areas were dragged out a bit further than I felt was necessary and I started to speed read through unimportant portions. Overall, it’s a nice light read with a different take on our world.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review