On September 5th, 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 reasosn, they’re both looking for 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 was assigned as my book club book this month, and I was so glad when it was. I love YA fiction and I didn’t expect any to be the book club books so I have obviously found my people. But more than that, I’ve probably picked this book up a thousand times and never bought it. So its pushed me to buy and read it at last.
I say I’d picked it up, but I never read the premise. I read the title, picked up on the author and heard it was good. That was all I wanted to know. I’m glad I didn’t read the blurb, because I didn’t actually know much about the story at all. I knew it was two guys and there was a romantic element as I’d seen the book on LGBTQ YA lists.
The whole concept of this book blew me away. As soon as I started reading it and learnt about death-cast I was thinking about what would happen if it was a real thing. About what I would do, about what people I knew would do. And how I would want to spend my Last Day. I loved the idea of the Last Friend app and I especially liked that there was a very real element in the fact that you would get arseholes on there, just like you do Facebook and Twitter.
Mateo and Rufus were the best people to learn more about because they had so many battles going on inside themselves. I loved seeing how they approached their last day and how much love they had for the people around them. Both had been through a lot and I cared for them so much by the end of the book that I was devastated when the inevitable happened.
I don’t want to go into much detail, but obviously the title tells the truth, and they both die at the end. So thats not a spoiler. I liked that there were other protagonists throughout the book too and while things started looking like they were going in one direction, they changed before they got there. I was convinced that Peck would kill Mateo and Rufus. Then I was convinced that their love would kill them. I wasn’t expecting what happened at all but I thought it was a good way of doing things.
I do however want to know more about Deliah….
Anyway. I really enjoyed They Both Die At The End, as morbid as that sounds, and I would definitely recommend it! I am very much looking forward to my book club meeting next week to chat about it more.
They Both Die at The End was published by Simon and Schuster in 2017. My copy was purchased at my local Waterstones store.