This is only the second book by Adam that I have read and it blew me away. I mean… the title is a bit of a spoiler but it did not stop me from reading this story. Instead, it drew me in and made me what to find out why.
Short recap: In the not so distant future, if you are destined to die, Death-Cast will call you between 12a and 3a to let you know. You will have 24 hours to live and this is known as your End Day. They will not tell you how you die but you certainly will die. This is the story of Mateo and Rufus’ End Day.
What an interesting concept for a story! An algotherm, which is never disclosed, knows when your last day on the Earth is and you are warned about it. It makes me wonder what I would do if I knew it was my last day on Earth? Would I call everyone I loved and tell them that? Would I curl into a ball and cry all day? Would I shut myself away from the world and try to beat the odds? So many possibilities. Adam discussed these and so much more in this story. The story does focus on Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, two teenage boys who received the call from Death-Cast. Both teens have had rough lives and feel they are being slightly cheated out of a full life. They both download an app, The Last Friend, and choose to connect with people who have either received the Death-Cast call or people who want to be a friend to those during their End Days. Sure, it had its odd freaks but somehow Mateo and Rufus find each other. They set out to help each other have the best End Day possible. Little did they know that a romance would start between them.
Just thinking about the romance between Mateo and Rufus is bringing tears to my eye. No lie, I’m slightly crying thinking about it. A lot of people didn’t think their attraction towards one another was believable since these two knew each other less than 24 hours but magic can happen anytime, anywhere. My heart broke for these two because no matter what… they both die at the end.
I got a little ahead of myself… sorry. Silvera did a brilliant job of interweaving and tangling the lives of Mateo and Rufus. These two boys came from completely different backgrounds yet they still understood each other. That’s not easy to find regardless of who you are or what your situation in life is. The development of the characters flowed and just worked. To me, it was believable. It pulled me in and never let me go for a single moment. This was a hell of an emotional roller coaster and I’m still not fully healed from it.
I’m not sure how much more I can say about this story other than I really want everyone to read it. It broke me in a way I didn’t know was possible. It was masterfully done and it has now made me a Slivera fan for life.