Denton Little’s Death Date
2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 9780553496963
Genre – Science Fiction? Realistic Fiction?
Age – High School
In a world where every knows their death date from a very young age, some know they are not fortunate enough to live a full life. Meet Denton Little. He is scheduled to die tomorrow! He is only 17, and to add insult to injury, they scheduled prom on the same day of his death. Because he and everyone else knows when they will die, they throw a predeath funeral the day before. The soon to be deceased is able to speak at their own funeral, and then attend a last day of life bash. At midnight Denton and his family begin his sitting, where they wait until he dies. Well most people wait, Denton goes on adventure after adventure escaping near death experiences only to watch a purple pulsing splotch grow bigger and bigger across his body. This isn’t the only thing fishy that is going on in Denton’s last day. He is also being stalked by an elderly police man, and a man who claims to have known his mother, who died during childbirth.
Seems like a lot for one book? It is! While I like the premise, and even the murky twist in the story, it seems like maybe too much was bit off. Then with all of that, it seemed like it went on too long. Otherwise, I think Denton is a good guy, he is realistic with strengths and weaknesses. He acts just as immature as a 17 year old guy. At times his humor was funny, and at times I wanted to reach through the book and hit him! His friends and family are all supportive, and appropriately sympathetic in the odd situation. All in all, I thought it was a fairly creative way to deal with death and the future of science. I am pretty curious to see what happens in the next book, after the giant cliff hanger, but I don’t know if I am curious enough to actually read the book.