Review published on July 7, 2018.
This is a sequel that makes the world of deathdates feel possible, it has smarts and a fast-moving amusing plot.
This really must be read after the first book. It flows straight on after the events of that one, and I could have done with a reminder of the plot and characters – it’s been a couple of years since I read it.
I soon caught back up, mostly. Denton Little was meant to die on Prom Night – everyone in his world is told the date they will die when they are children, and nothing can change that date.
But Denton didn’t die, and now he gets to find out why. And maybe even help other people to miss their own dates with Death… will he? Should he? Does he have the right to choose for other people, and what if he has the power but doesn’t want to use it?
With moral conundrums underlying the story, it’s a teenage tale as well, about crushes, and friendships, and parents. It’s wickedly funny at times, with some great scenes as Denton debates using his ‘gift’.
I love the concept, and though I wondered early on about the way the story was going, as it turned into a story involving Denton and his friends again, I settled into the plot.
Surprisingly, it’s the author narrating his own book. He did a grand job, capturing the voice of Denton and his adolescent humour well. It was a good choice for audio, flowing nicely and the format suitable for the style of book.
A few swear words and scenes of a sexual nature, it may be unadvised for younger teens. This is probably recommended for ages 14 and over.
Katy Noyes 4/4
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