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 reasons, 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.
I absolutely adored this book! I didn't really know what to expect but didn't want to get my hopes up too high as it had such great reviews, but it totally lived up to the hype!
Silvera introduces us to a world that is not too different from our own; people watch Netflix, they use Instagram and they go to work. But, in this apparent normal world, there is one key difference from our own; people find out when they are going to die the day it is due to occur.
This is a question I have been asked over the years; if you could find out when you are going to die, would you want to know? I guess in this instance you found out on the day, rather than finding out years in advance but it's basically the same thing. I wouldn't want to know years in advance because it would define how I live my life too much but I think finding out on the day could be interesting. You have between 12-24 hours to decide what you will do to define those remaining hours. So you can probably tell that I really loved the concept of this book, such a unique idea that isn't too far fetched from the world we live in today.
And then of course we have our two main characters; Rufus and Mateo. Both such different personalities who balance each other extremely well; Mateo who is quiet and awkward and Rufus who says what's on his mind and let's nothing get in his way. On any other day they would be the most unlikely of friends but their last day on Earth causes fate to intervene and throw these souls together, which results in a beautiful and timeless friendship that will shape the little time they have left.
I'm going to shut up now and just tell you to read this book.This is a story of friendship, love, bravery and finding the courage to do those things you have always wanted to and living your life to the fullest. This book will captivate you and bring you on a unique journey that will stay with you for a long time.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'I wasted all those yesterdays and am completely out of tomorrows.'
Rufus, I just loved his outlook on life and how he encouraged Mateo to live outside of his comfort zone on his last day.