They Both Die at the End: A Review
Clearly, the title gives away the ending. But half way through Silvera's novel, with tears in my eyes, I found myself asking "sheesh, why am I reading this again?"
Imagine if you knew the day you were going to die, and you needed a friend. In this novel, there’s an app for that called the Last Friend. Two unlikely strangers meet for their End Day, for one last great adventure. You can read a full summary here.
The book is written in a 24 hour time period from different perspectives with time stamps marking the hour. Silvera created a fascinating futuristic world of technology to know your End Day, and all the apps that went along with it. Initially, I thought it only dealt with two characters, but found many intertwining relationships that made it a heartfelt read. You have the suspense of not knowing how or when death will find his prospects, but I couldn't help but wonder it the butterfly effect would take place. By stepping out of their normal routine, would this cause their death?
This novel is one that sticks to your bones, leaving you heavy with the lingering question, is it beneficial to know the day you're going to die? Would you live your day as normal? Or would you make it a point to spend time with loved ones saying goodbyes? Or do the things you wouldn't have done otherwise?
It's a quick read, and I loved that it made me think afterwards. But it is a tearjerker, proceed with caution. ;)