Henry Denton knows that life sucks. Judge for yourself:
• Boyfriend committed suicide
• Grandma disappears more each day, due to Alzheimers
• Brother dropped out of college and got his girlfriend pregnant
• Mom is barely holding herself together, let alone the family.
• Henry gets bullied by classmates
• Henry is regularly abducted by aliens. Yep. And it kind of sucks when they drop him off across town without his clothes.
There are only 144 days left until the end of the world, and it’s on Henry’s shoulders to decide to save the world or not. But he doesn’t need 144 days to know humanity sucks, and it isn’t worth saving.
This is a painful, thought-provoking look at life, grief, and the choices people can make when faced with the worst. The story is staggered with individual short stories about what will bring about the end of the world, from a science perspective. All of them are creative. Many of them are funny. Most of them are shocking. Some are just sad, but overall, it adds an interesting element to Henry’s story.
This story is as ugly and heartbreaking as it is gorgeous and funny. It’s reminiscent of Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle, except it’s far more linear and organized, while GJ is chaotic and disorganized. That doesn’t make them sound similar, but if you read both, I think you’ll see what I mean. And you should go do that right now. Read them both. Trust me.