Wednesday, 6 September 2017

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

What would you do if it were your last day on earth? I don't mean if you're Chris Hadfield or any other astronaut and were undertaking a space mission, I mean if you knew you were going to die in the next day.  Would you hide away and hope to avoid your fate, or would you live it up like there's no tomorrow.

When eighteen year old Mateo received the call from Death-Cast, he knew he was going to force himself outdoors to enjoy some of the many activities he'd been avoiding.  He's long figured if he stayed inside, he'd be safe, but it hadn't turned out that way.

Rufus received his call and gathered up his pals and headed to his foster home to arrange his funeral.  Circumstance caused him to flee out alone.  Not a situation anyone want to find themselves in, young, healthy and destined to die alone.

I was moved by both boys stories and wanted them to be the exception.  They should live, Mateo needed to start living.  My favourite line from the book comes from him, "I'm at the finish line, but I never ran the race." Not a good point to consider your life from, though it could make readers question what they have done in their lives so far.

Author Adam Silvera has re-worked society to accommodate 'decker', those who know they are to die that day.  He made it feel very real that such activities could occur and reflected both the positive and negative ways that people could respond.

This novel would make an excellent book club read and could be used in the classroom to spark  a variety of discussions.   This is a wonderful book that is sensitive in it's handling of the death of the two boys.  I look forward to reading more by this talented author.

Cover image courtesy HarperCollins Canada.

I received and advanced readers copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc., in exchange for an honest review.


1 comment:

Mystica said...

I doubt I can be objective on this one. Sounds tough.