Denton Little's Still Not Dead
Lance Rubin, with his newest book DENTON LITTLE'S STILL NOT DEAD, continues the adventure of none other than Denton Little as he hides from the Death Investigation Agency.
"With thoroughly developed characters and a well-detailed plot, Rubin encourages readers to contemplate how much power governments have and how far science should go."
Because of the mandated "deathdating," Denton has always known he would die before he graduated high school. But when his deathdate passes and he survives --- despite being covered in a purple and red rash --- Denton is happy to be able to return to his "normal" life. But for Denton, that's impossible. After his deathdate, his brother, Felix, takes Denton to an apartment where he meets his birth mother, a woman who had supposedly died mere months after he was born.
Denton's very alive mother explains that she had developed a virus to combat the death dates, allowing people to live past them, but there was a catch; only fetuses could contract the virus and they could then infect their mothers with it. While she was pregnant with him, she injected Denton in order to escape her own deathdate.
Denton also become aware of the fact that he was being spied on his whole life by someone he would least expect. The DIA has suspected the Little family since the day his mother was expected to die and she began her movement to put an end to deathdating tests.
Rubin, with his comical book, depicts the adventures of Denton as he attempts to simultaneously hide from the DIA and search for a way to save his best friend's life before his rapidly-approaching deathdate. With thoroughly developed characters and a well-detailed plot, Rubin encourages readers to contemplate how much power governments have and how far science should go.
Though DENTON LITTLE'S STILL NOT DEAD, has an engrossing storyline, at times the plot is slow and might overwhelm readers with detail. Rubin's newest piece is great for someone looking to read something light and comical, yet powerful and thought-provoking.
Reviewed by Mikenzie R., Teen Board Member on March 16, 2017