Published in 2017
5 out of 5 stars
Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
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—to live a lifetime in a single day.
This book was heartbreaking, beautiful, powerful, addictive and so much more. The fact that Adam Silvera delivers a particularly effective title, even more so.
Firstly, what a concept, DeathCast – no one quite knows how it operates, but one could find themselves with a rather final phone call….
However, I still could not have been ready for the journey that was to come, I loved every minute of it though and quickly found myself immersed in Matteo and Rufus’ stories. I mean, knowing what was coming definitley made me ache, there were some scenes where I had to pause reading just to digest the foreshadowing, and yet, I still found myself holding out hope? Matteo and Rufus’s story was such a precious one, it made me think a lot and value life’s moments even more, and yet, if it weren’t for the events that we hear of at the start of the book, they wouldn’t have crossed paths……
Adam Silvera, to me, is definitely the king of YA Contemporary feels, he knows how to tug at the reader’s heart strings, he grabs them from the first page and doesn’t let go. As I type I feel heartsick, I went into this novel with a tragic feeling of dread, knowing what could befall these characters, yet, I was excited, because no one writes these sort of stories the way Adam Silvera does. There were moments where I laughed, moments when I cried, moments where I shuddered; there is a scene in a graveyard where a certain character finds his own grave is being dug, no one should have to experience that, it made me feel so sad and heartsick, I think it was at that point that that feeling stick with me for the rest of the story, yet it was so tender and heartfelt and gave me chills and I feel like I could read this again? I truly feel Adam Silvera books only envoke this feeling of heartache in me, I just love them.
As I’ve mentioned, I went in to the book knowing what to expect, I mean the title tells us, yet there was no way I could envisage the ride that was to come, this is a story that will stay with me, and I won’t let these characters go for a long while.
If you like heartbreaking, beautiful and powerful young adult fiction, look no further. It truly is a unique, remarkable and heart breaking book.
Happy (oh, the irony), reading 😔💙