Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Biggest reasons I loved this book:
● It’s so fast to get through, like an accelerated version of The Sculptor by Scott McCloud.
● Actually made me feel so happy to be alive and kicking. That every minute is precious and life is really too short, and that if you were to know for certain an interval during which you will die, you live the rest of your life quite differently. But not in the way that you thought. So many things are on your mind for your life’s bucket list, and you have to do them NOW. It sheds some light on how it’s bliss not to know when and/or how you’re going to die.
● It somewhat reminded me of Minority Report, but it is a whole new thing in itself. Right when I thought I wouldn’t be seeing something original for a long time, here this book comes.
● It is told in several perspectives, and they are more or less short, but the writing, while not being mindblowing, is poignant because of whose thoughts you’re peeping into, and their particular situation. HOW you would think when you’re so brutally reminded of your own mortality. As a quote from Wonder Woman: Warbringer goes about human lives; “there, and then gone.” Like a spark. But it can be said that it depends on you to make your life a warm welcoming hearth, a destructive wildfire, or nothing at all.
● It kept stressing me out with near-catastrophe because, you are given an inside look on Mateo and Rufus’ lives
so you can sob properly later, of course. Hey, I like stressing books. It’s part of the necessities of Book Nerd Life. Along with cereals and chocolate.
● In less than 300 pages this book made me get attached to two characters and know them more on a deep level, as if they were my old friends. And now I’m grieving. Great. *prepares black outfit for tomorrow and an excuse for the bad mood*
Honestly, this book was amazing. It’s the kind of book I’ve been looking for. One I could not put down, looked forward to reading, and thought about for the entire 2 days I took to read it. In school. When I am busy almost literally 10 out of 12 hours of the time I spend when I’m awake.
” You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.”
Take notes. I can smell a good quote from the first 3 words. I see them coming a mile away now 😂
● The cast of characters is quite diverse, thumbs up ❤ !!
Things I liked the least
●I wish it had made me cry in the end. I REALLY do. So few books do that, I don’t really understand how people keep advising ‘boxes of tissues’ *disappointed sigh* But I felt really sad. Like, SAD. And OMG Adam Silvera has a way of ending chapters that’s just *flail* It kept making me read it slow because if I read as fast as a regular sentence, a shock will be here and then gone before I know it, and I’ll be like ‘WHAT, just happened.’ But that last part is still great. There isn’t really a great flaw to mention !
● Some perspectives are their own stories, and they are a bit unnecessary. But they add points to worldbuilding and sort of show ‘the backstage’, the greater links between people that we don’t see. Like the equivalent of an omnipresent narrator but with different perspectives.
Conclusion: I have a feeling this book will stay with me for a long time, reminding me to treat everyday like a lifetime, not to waste my time with what doesn’t make me happy or what isn’t worthwhile. Not to care what people think because it’s nothing but a waste of life. Life is so, so, so much more precious than we think. And when you think like every day is a gift not to take for granted, you begin to glimpse the numerous things you used to overrate, and to live a bit differently.