Rating: 8/10 Hearts
Format: Audio-book – Library
Buy it Here: They Both Die at the End
This book took me on quite a ride. I admit it took me awhile to get into the idea that a company(?) organization(?) called DeathCast calls everyone who will die on any given day to let them know about their eminent demise. But it’s not about DeathCast, it’s about Rufus and Mateo, and living life to the fullest.
First, I need to know more about DeathCast. This book is set in the now-expiring year of 2017, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a thing right now. How do they know? What is this all about? I’m curious about those kinds of things, and that wondering did take me out of the story a little bit. Not enough for me to not recommend it. I definitely recommend it.
I find that even though the title of this book gives away the ending, I don’t want to say much about what actually happens. Mateo is a paranoid gamer and closet music aficionado. His mom died in childbirth and his dad is in a coma. Rufus is a foster kid who watched his parents and sister drown just a few months prior, and has just been dumped by his girlfriend. And they’re both going to die today.
The story follows the two through their final day, and interweaves snippets of the lives of others along the way. It was a lot like The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, or the movie Stranger than Fiction, both of which I enjoyed immensely.
This might be my first spoiler-free review, simply because I can’t sum up everything that happened– many times the plot of a book is a story I can easily summarize. This book is an experience that I encourage you all to go our and try for yourselves.
Subjective Hearts: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
Objective Hearts: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
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