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—to live a lifetime in a single day.
I loved and hated this book. In an alternate present day, people receive a call just after midnight letting them know it is their “end day.” Teenage boys Mateo and Rufus, two strangers, each receive the call within hours of one another. Both boys are parent-less (Mateo’s mother dead, his father in a coma; Rufus’s entire family killed in a tragic car accident). Seeking solace in a friend, they find one another on the Last Friend App.
The next 24 hours are filled with adventure, friendship, love, loss, and impending doom. As a reader you are continually reminded that no one has ever eluded Death-Cast’s prediction for death. The boys will die but we don’t know when or how.
As the clock ticks down, the reader can’t help hoping for a happy ending, a miracle that will save them both. But the title of this book is The Both Die At The End. There are no spoilers, the ending is announced before you open the book. But it’s what happens between the pages that matters most.