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.
I have never read a Silvera book before and I decided it was a good time to jump in. I guess I just wanted to torture myself with this one since the title tells you what you think is going to happen by the end.
I really liked the story and the fact that there is a phone company that calls you and lets you know that at some point in the day you will die. The scary idea of what if this happened in real life? What would we do if every day we worried about getting a call to tell us it was our last day? How would it feel to know you are going to die so you could plan out your last moments and complete the things you wanted to and get the chance to say goodbye. This whole concept is really cool and yet very scary.
Once you apply this to the two teenage boys in this story you really get freaked out. These two guys are only teenagers so what on earth is going to happen to end their lives so soon. So of course you want to read the book to see what happens and how this all works.
This is a very character driven book as you meet Mateo and Rufus. Mateo is the shut in who never really pushed the boundaries of his life. He stayed at home most nights playing games and reading books, learning how to write songs and play music. He has a best friend who has a baby and he helps her with that and he takes care of his single father. He is the good kid who does everything right. So when he gets the call he is afraid to even leave his room. He only wants to find the courage to go say goodbye to his best friend and his ill father.
On the flip side we have Rufus who is a wild spirit since losing his family in a crash a few months earlier. He is a bit of a dare devil. He loves fiercely and he goes for what he wants. He is the one who wants to experience the world one last time before death takes him.
So when you put these two together it is special because Rufus pushes Mateo and gets him to wake up to all there is out there. Mateo also provides some comfort and love to Rufus to show him there are still special things and friends even if his immediate family died earlier. These two really connect on the page and that is the magic of this book. It was really great to see both of them and everything they strive for on their last day. There was breathless moments where you didn’t know if that moment would be the last. The suspense and rush to live all you can while you can.
Overall I feel Silvera created something special and unique but I also felt at times he pushed us a little too far into just one message. His overall message to live while you can because you never know when you will die was pushed so much in this novel. I get the point of it and I do believe you should do what you want but I also feel this is a little bit of a dream for most of us. We all push to enjoy life but there are things that get in the way. I personally have two jobs and I work even at night after working all day. I’m also a wife, mom to a fur baby, reader and co-blogger. I have a lot of things to do with my limited free time. I do try my hardest to enjoy life and take vacations but we all have responsibilities and sometimes this book seemed to ignore that. These two teenagers didn’t really get to live their life and that was sad and is cry worthy but they also didn’t have some of the pressures of real life to stop them. So I liked both characters and how they helped each other. I did like the concept of a phone call on death day. The messages were just a little strong and repeated a bit too much for my taste.