I have very mixed feelings about this book. The plot is interesting, and I found it to be insanely funny, but I feel like it was extremely slow paced and that kind of ruined it for me.
I'm not a huge fan of dystopian novels, but this one intrigued me. This is basically our world as we know it, except everyone knows the day they are going to die.
"Tomorrow is the day I'm going to die. I don't mean to get all dramatic about it. I've known that tomorrow is the day I will die since I was born. Just like almost everyone else in the world knows their deathdate. But do I need to get movie-preview-voice-over-guy intense about it? Probably not."
This book follows Denton Little and it literally starts the day before his death date. This is one of the main reasons I thought it was slow. The whole book is revolved around 2 days which kind of annoyed me.
It was just so frustrating! The whole time you’re waiting for a massive build-up of some big reveal and nothing. There was even a part in the book where he goes to see some guy that is going to explain it all and he tells him nothing! Then in the last 50 pages you start to get some clues and it’s not until the last 15 pages or so that you find anything out. That was infuriating for me and it just made the book drag on forever, making me very unmotivated to read it. I also felt like it was too long. This book could have easily been done in 200 pages.
I am glad I read it though, like I said before I found the plot to be interesting even though it was very predictable. This book was also extremely funny. Like, laugh out loud funny and I don’t often laugh out loud in books. I just really liked Denton’s sense of humour and sarcasm, and just how everyone deals with death. Denton is just a normal teenage guy who just happens to be dying tomorrow. Normally death is something people don’t like to talk about, but in this book it’s kind of a normal thing. Everyone knows when everyone else is going to die, and they don’t hesitate in bringing it up.
The ending is what did it for me though to be honest. Up until that last page I was ready to give it a 5/10, but its unpredictability brought it up. I will admit, I probably won’t go out of my way to read the second one, but I am intrigued to know what happens. And I do quite like Lance Rubin’s writing style. Overall, if you like dystopian novels, I would recommend you give this one a go.
Format: Paperback, 342 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: March, 2015
Acquired from: Simon & Schuster
**This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.
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