The Characters: I loathed each and every one. There is no character development. Adam is unhappy with the responsibilities put on him in comparison to his brother, Jess. He logically concludes that getting Lizzie pregnant (since her family has some money) is a good life choice. Followed by taking Death, making a disturbing Bucket List, and causing mayhem in general, Adam seems to learn very little. He doesn't respect women, or anyone else for that matter. Adam may not be dying, but his future is bleak. Lizzie is not much better, coerced into horrible situations because of Adam. Again, there is a lack of depth to a character who brutally beaten and sexually violated.
The cover is appealing to teens. However, it is misleading. I like edgy YA fiction and believe that its important to tackle tough issues; however, this novel just misses the mark. It is a poor attempt at a dystopian-esque novel. There are no likeable characters nor any that I would consider positive role models in any way. I had to force myself to finish this book and that was mainly because of reviewing it for ROYAL. I do not recommend it.