Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin REVIEW

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Denton Little #1
Lance Rubin
YA dystopian/ comedy/ contemporary
Simon and Schuster
March 2015
Paperback
342
Review Copy

The first of two books, Denton Little's Deathdate is an utterly gripping read - with a killer plot twist, hilarious characters, and a truly memorable voice.
Imminent death has never been so funny! Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own ­­- except that everyone knows the day on which they will die.
For Denton, that's in just two days - 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 (the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend's sister. Though he's not totally sure - see, first hangover).
His anxiety builds when he discovers a mysterious purple rash making its way up his body. Is this what will kill him? 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 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, gripping, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager's life as he searches for love, meaning and (just maybe) a way to live on . . . - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com.au/Denton-Littles-Deathdate/Lance-Rubin/9781471124235#sthash.akwfuX3K.dpuf

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Denton Little’s Death Date (DLDD) is set in a world where almost everyone knows when they are going to die. Other than that… I think it is best if you go into it not knowing much.

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To me Denton Little’s Death Date was good. It surprised me with its world building and characters but some parts just didn’t add up to me.

Denton was a great main character and he was clearly able to make light of a dark situation. But sometimes it bothered me by how this was done and how much he kept bottled up inside. Paolo, Denton’s best friend, was actually the one who made me laugh the most. He was kind of weird but quirky and cool all the same. Veronica was probably my favourite character. For no reason in particular, just that she seemed to be the most relatable. Yet she, like many of the others, didn’t have any stand-out characteristics. I disliked Taryn. I thought she was incredibly selfish and naive. I also thought it was weird how she just kind of… disappeared at the end. Her character was just forgotten about. Overall, with the characters, I thought that the main few were developed very well but the side characters felt like just filler characters with little-to-no personal qualities.

This book has a huge family aspect. One of the side-plots is Denton trying to find out as much about his birth mum as possible before he died. His step-mum was pretty cool and she played the stereotypical mother role. If anything, I think his dad should have played a larger role as he kind of just faded into the background. On the subject of family, I think that Paolo’s mum is really creepy. But I won’t get into that because of spoilers.

As I mentioned before, the world-building in this surprised me I was expecting it to be just in a world where everyone knew their death-date. And, yes, that practically all it was but there was so many undertones and mysterious happenings that made me question a lot. I am excited to see how the government plays into all this in the next book, because that certainly felt like what it was leading to. I still wished there was more on how they actually figured out your death date.

Unfortunately, the plot for Denton Little’s Death Date felt a little scattered and all over the place. I wish it had been more structured.

This book is pitched to be very funny. I did laugh to myself on multiple occasions, but I was expecting it to be a lot funnier. I think that I wrecked it for myself by going in with a mind set that this was going to be the most hilarious thing I’ve ever read so I wasn’t able to properly appreciate the humour that was there.

All this being said, I read this book in just a few hours. I didn’t even use a bookmark. I didn’t need one. For this, I hold the chapters responsible. They are so short, which I absolutely love. It was one of those books where I was like:
‘This chapter is only 4 pages. I’ll just read this one.’
‘Yeah ok, so the next chapter is 10 pages but the chapter AFTER that is only 3 so I’ll just read up to there.’
And before I knew it, I had about 30 pages left.

Lance Rubin’s writing style is so easy to read. It may not be The best writing I’ve ever read, but it easily conveyed the story in a light, fun way that would appeal to many.
Denton’s Little Death Date was very enjoyable, light and funny. It has very light sci-fi and dystopian elements mixed in with a contemporary feel. If you are a fan of these three genres, this book is for you.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy for review.

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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