“I cannot tell you how you will survive without me. I cannot tell you how to mourn me. I cannot convince you to not feel guilty if you forget the anniversary of my death, or if you realize days or weeks or months have gone by without thinking about me. I just want you to live.”
- Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End
Some books are real tear-jerkers and we adore reading them from time to time. These books all have one thing in common, the stupendously amazing level of writing which all of these authors display throughout their books which are all masterpieces. Every single chapter is not just words, but works of art that deserve to be appreciated. Here is one such book which we feel carries a lot of emotion and needs to be read.
Plot- 4/5 Writing style- 3.5/5 Character development- 4/5
One day to live, what would you do? This book was a suggestion by one of our readers and we are so glad that she helped us discover this gem! In a substitute present, there is a company named Death-Cast. This company one fine day, calls up some Deckers (as they are called). Deckers are people who will die within the coming day. They have been called so that they could be informed of their approaching and menacing deaths. This very dreaded call comes for two teenagers on September 5th, amidst the night, living in the big apple, New York City. Firstly there was Puerto Rican Mateo and lastly, Cuban-American foster kid Rufus. Young Rufus needs company after an incredibly violent act puts innumerable cops on his tail and lands his friends in jail. Mateo although not himself, wants someone to push him past his vast comfort zone after an existence of playing it completely safe. They are both ‘damaged’ but yet, want to live life as others can. All they want is a normal life. Nothing else. The two meet through an app called ‘Last Friend’ (yes it is as dark and lonely as it sounds), this was an app that connects lonely Deckers. The thing is, this isn’t just an app, but one of many ways in which Death-Cast influences social media platforms and the minds of people. Mateo and Rufus set out to conquer the day, or maybe even the world together in their final hours on the planet. During this time which they spend together, their friendship deepens and blossoms into something more meaningful. These short and time-stamped chapters make it so interesting to read what comes next. This story focuses on first-person narratives and third-person narratives as well which tell us about the characters, their backgrounds etc. This story’s main objective is to show how even the smallest thing you do, can vastly affect another person’s life majorly. It’s another gem from the author, who here engages about a life lived to its fullest and the meaning of death. The book is definitely not as entertaining as it sounds but it promises a very emotional read. A read that will get you thinking about your life priorities. Reading about them dying was incredibly saddening, but if a climax could make us cry, this was it. This book will appeal to readers who are sensitive and emotional readers and like books that get them thinking about the serious things in life.
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