Publisher’s Blog Tour: Denton Little’s Still Not Dead

Posted February 7, 2017 by Jess in Book Tour, books, jess, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publisher’s Blog Tour: Denton Little’s Still Not DeadDenton Little's Still Not Dead by Lance Rubin
Series: Denton Little #2
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House Kids on February 7, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Humor
Pages: 352
Format: Print, Print ARC
Source: the publisher
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You only live once—unless you’re Denton Little!

The good news: Denton Little has lived through his deathdate. Yay! The bad news: He’s being chased by the DIA (Death Investigation Agency), he can never see his family again, and he may now die anytime. Huh. Cheating death isn’t quite as awesome as Denton would have thought…

Lance Rubin’s debut novel, Denton Little’s Deathdate, showed readers just how funny and poignant imminent death could be. Now in this sequel, he takes on the big questions about life.

How do we cope, knowing we could die at any time? Would you save someone from dying even if they were a horrible person? Is it wrong to kiss the girl your best friend is crushing on if she’s really into you instead? What if she’s wearing bacon lip gloss?

My Thoughts


First of all, you’ll probably want to know what I thought of book one, Denton Little’s Deathdate. And if you don’t feel like reading the whole review, I can sum it up with the first sentence: “I. FREAKIN. LOVED. THIS. BOOK.”  Lance Rubin made me laugh about death and the awkwardness of being a teenager knowing they are going to die, but seriously, it just worked.

SPOILER ALERT: Denton didn’t die, i.e. the title of this book.

BIGGER SPOILER ALERT: In order to talk about this book, I’ve got to talk about that elephant in the room… aka the non-death thing. So, tread carefully, my friends.

So, when Random House reached out to me about Denton Little’s Still Not Dead, I freaked out. Mostly, because I really have been wanting to know just what happens to Denton. How he managed to live and why he ended up where he did, because *SHOCKER* we were left dangling on a very precarious cliff.

In the first book, Lance Rubin had readers face the question of their own mortality… What do you do when death is literally staring you in the face – and you’re watching the clock tick down. How do you react? In this book, however, Rubin takes it one step further in exploring what it means to not know when death will come and learning to live with that great unknown. The dichotomy of the two stories is something that really stretches your brain, while still managing to make you guffaw and laugh a whole lot.

While book two was a different animal from the first, I feel like the humor and the quirky spark that made me love book one was still there. This world that seemingly started out almost contemporary definitely went the way of a slightly altered parallel universe, but the science fiction didn’t take away from the reality of it all. Denton is very real, remains a fully-realized character with a lot to offer readers in the way of  exploring their own mortality and life.

A lot of the things I said in my first review apply here: the relationship between Dento and Paolo was  one of my favorite parts of Deathdate, so I’m glad their antics lived to tell the tale again. Some parts of the book were over the top, and Denton had a lot more to swallow in this one, but it all just worked.

OH, and the cover design changes – totally rad. Sometimes a design change can be bad news for a book series, but I think this one really gets the flavor of these books and brings a more whimsical, kitschy design. I know based on the cover alone, I’d be more willing to pick it up. I mean, a kid playing chess with a skeleton… sign me up.

This is definitely the kind of sci-fi series I’d recommend to friends who don’t think they like sci-fi. And it’s definitely the kind of book you’d want to read after a serious book hangover or book depression. Because, while the topics were heavy, Rubin just struck gold by telling it in a way that was still light-hearted and relatable.

ALSO, he did his own audiobook narration, so I’m definitely excited to check that out. I always love when authors have the ability to narrate their own books. If they’ve got the acting chops, it comes out SO authentic, because who knows the characters better than the author?

All in all, this is a resounding YES from me!

About Lance Rubin

Hey there, I’m Lance Rubin.

After years of being a GoodReads reader, I am delighted to now also be a GoodReads author. My first book, DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE, comes out from Knopf in Spring 2015.
I’m from New Jersey. It’s a way better state than people give it credit for. I went to Brown University, and now I live in Brooklyn with my wife and son. They are delightful people.
Before I became an author, I was primarily an actor. “Anything I’d recognize you from?” you might ask. Probably not, unless you watched the short-lived NBC hospital show MERCY, in which I guest-starred as a patient with a naked sleepwalking problem.
By my late 20’s, the acting business was making me sad, so I started to focus more on writing.
Now I’m primarily a writer and it makes me incredibly happy.

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