Written by Lance Rubin
Contemporary, Science Fiction, Humour
Published March 2015
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia
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Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day they will die. For seventeen 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. 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.
Denton Little lives in a world dying isn't left to fate, genetic testing is now able to diagnose when you will die. Denton is classed as an Early, his Deathdate strikes before the seventeen year old can experience life... But that is about to change. On the day of his wake, in which Denton is the guest of honour, he wakes up with not only a hangover, but in his best friends sister's bed. He can vaguely remember his girlfriend breaking up with him the night before, or can he?
He may have known since he was only five years old, when his father and step mother decided to tell Denton that he would never become an adult, but nothing could prepare you for your life ending and how. It could be the strange purple rash that is rapidly spreading on his leg, the school dope smoker than insists on trying to plow him down with his car or girlfriend Taryn's former boyfriend, who is clearly crazy enough to take the dying boy out.
But when a strange man at Denton's funeral warns of government conspiracies and once knowing his deceased mother, Denton needs answers that his gruff father is unable to provide. The clock is ticking and Denton's life could expire at any moment. Who would want to kill an already dying boy... Unless Denton plans on living.
Denton Little's Deathdate is a hilarious story of dying, living and what you do with the in between. Denton isn't popular, nor is he a ladies man. He's intelligent, conforming and a teen that parents would be proud of. But in a society where at birth your date of death is determined, Denton realises that he's never truly lived his life. He's never had a hangover, he's never felt a wild abandonment and he's certainly never had sex. But when Denton wakes up after a night of drunken sex, he can cross two more achievements off his list and a girlfriend that is none the wiser.
With his best friend and partner in crime Pablo, Denton is in for forty eight hours of fast living and mayhem, all before he kicks the bucket. An elderly police officer who is ready to strike, a gun toting former boyfriend of his current but not for much longer girlfriend, slowly turning purple and now a stranger who claims to have known his late mother, warns him of government conspiracies.
It was a strange of blend of contemporary and science fiction elements, Denton Little's Deathdate is nothing short of incredible. Denton is not only likable, but the cast of secondary characters inject personality and a lightheartedness throughout the storyline. Lance Rubin should be applauded for creating a brilliantly unique debut novel.
I laughed, I sniggered and snorted my way through reading Denton's story. It's fun, it's hilarious and never guilty of taking itself too seriously. It's the perfect release for those who enjoy the sillier side of fiction, myself included.