Rating: 4/5 Bookworms
Short and Sweet Summary: Imagine getting a call saying that today was your last day, what would you do? This is the choice Mateo and Rufus are faced with.
Genre: YA Dystopian Fiction
The damage is done–will be done. Today is my End Day, a straight-up Rufus Armageddon. I don’t know how this is gonna go down.
Thank you for everything, Dad .
I’ll be brave, and I’ll be okay.
I love you from here to there.
Since the invention of Death-Cast no one needs to wonder when they will die because they get an alert the day of; a warning to live life to the fullest while they still can. But don’t worry there’s an app for that: The Last Friend app ensures that you don’t have to be alone on your End Day. Enter Mateo and Rufus. Wanting to spare their family and friends the pain of watching them, eventually, die they turn to the Last Friend app to find someone to spend their End Day with and end up finding each other.
I move toward Mateo, laughing, and I hug him for this freedom he’s forced onto me. It’s like I’ve been baptized or some shit, ditching more anger and sadness and blame and frustration beneath the surface where they can sink to who-cares-where.
This book is really about living life without fear. Life is truly too short to hide away from the world and live with regrets. Put yourself out there every once in a while. Change your routine and get out of your comfort zone. Mateo and Rufus definitely bring out the best in each other. Mateo is so afraid of dying that he’s not living. Rufus is still struggling after his family’s death, a burden which he carries around like a weight on his shoulders. Together they find peace within themselves, with who they are and with their imminent deaths.
She says everything in this hug–every thank-you, every I-love-you, every apology. I squeeze her back to thank her, to make her feel my love, to apologize, and everything else that falls deep inside and skirts outside those realms.
They go on adventures together, both big and small, and savor every last minute of their last day. I came to care about Mateo and Rufus; Adam Silvera did a great job describing their lives and putting into words who they were. I definitely got a sense for who the characters were and for how they developed throughout the book.
I don’t know how to do this. No one gives you lessons on how to brace everyone for your death, especially when your seventeen and healthy.
(Not sure if this is a spoiler or not but here’s a warning anyways) It’s strange how even though I knew how the book was going to end it still surprised me. I came to care about the characters and I’ll admit that there was a part of me that hoped and wished that they would survive but alas it was not meant to be. How silly, right? But, I just couldn’t help but to root for them to come out okay in the end.
What I really want to know is who this mysterious Death-Cast is and how do they know who dies next? In the book it’s this big secret that’s never revealed but it’s killing me not knowing.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
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Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of MORE HAPPY THAN NOT and HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME. Both novels received 5 starred reviews. His next novel, THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END, publishes on September 5th, 2017. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, community manager at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He was born and raised in the Bronx. He lives in New York City and is tall for no reason.
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