This follow-up to 2015's Denton Little's Deathdate continues the comedic saga of a high school senior who lives in a world in which the government is able to divine at birth when each person will die.
Picking up just after Denton has outrun agents from the Death Investigation Agency, this second offering explains Denton's history, which includes a series of clandestine events his biological mother has kept from him. As the book opens, he’s locked down in New York City, first in a safe house and then at his mother’s apartment. Denton, who is white, and his best friend, Paolo, who's Puerto Rican, get involved in a lot of madcap action as they try to make sense of all the vague details about death dates and Denton's apparent immunity to his. These antics include a highly entertaining car chase and a hilarious thwarted attempt to pass the virus that saved Denton to an obnoxious congressman's daughter by spitting in her drink. Their witty interactions are filled with realistically lewd banter that is nicely balanced by their genuine friendship, and though Denton is still starry-eyed over Paolo's sister, Veronica, whom he hooks up with for a second time, it is Paolo and Denton's relationship that takes center stage.
A sequel that neatly wraps up this funny and original story. (Fiction. 14-18)