5 stars · Books · Contemporary · Literary · Reviews · Uncategorized · Young Adult

They Both Die At The End

Well, by all means this was one of unique premise and at the same time one that touched into the topics on life and the uncertainty of death.

It follows two friends who find out that they’re dying within the next twenty four hours. And that there is no way to avoid it. The ending certainly went back to this, but by all means the journey to their deaths wasn’t.

Since they both became friends on the day of their deaths, through the Last Friend app. All of them just have a lot of fun, figure everything out until their imminent deaths. And I enjoyed it.

As Mateo and Rufus get closer together, as well as their developing friendship. In one day, both of them opened fully up to each other. Prompting the other to make better use of them. To be a better person. And in reality, it was what I wanted.

This isn’t a book about fighting death, it is one that says how they can live their life to the fullest. Even if it is only in one day, and the things they did during their last day was something that they will never do in their lives.

And well, I just let myself look at this. As both of them have nothing better to look forward to, no future and no hope. Yet, the way they initially faced death were different. But as they got together, they made it memorable. By the end, it could be said that both could never forget the other.

As for the other characters who appear, they are interesting. Such as the idea of a celebrity who receives such a call, a prank call with a journalist. They all react differently, and well it is expected. No one can just say that they will die within a day without strong reactions.

Overall, I found this enjoyable. About two friends who spend their last day together getting into all sorts of situations, and taking an Around the world in eighty minutes tour. And the ending, was something that I didn’t fully expect at all. Especially the ending words.

But it suits the work. For it deals with the fact that all our days are numbered and no amount of precaution can prevent that, and we should just try to live while we still can. Live while we have the chance to do so.

Although the plot was way too vague and the idea of Death Cast could have been elaborated on more. I mean, I don’t get any explanation. But it is narrated by two guys who are dying in a day, which is excusable. But the author also used third person perspectives, use them then to show how Death Cast came to be.

So, this is a book that should be read by all. It deals with death and the way that it is inevitable and unexpected, like it is in real life. But there can be improvements as I said, but overall something we should really ponder about.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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One thought on “They Both Die At The End

  1. Awesome review! I’ve only read History is All You Left Me and More Happy Than Not so far which I both loved, so I’m really looking forward to reading more from Silvera – the guy definitely can break a readers’ heart with his evocative writing.

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