This magnificent and haunting YA novel is set in an alternate present day New York in which Death-Cast alerts you on the day you are to die.
Two teen Latinx boys who have received this call spend their last day together ensuring that they live before they die. Puerto Rican Mateo has been living his life vicariously through video games and online updates of other Deckers, as those who are on their End Day are called, and Cuban American Rufus has felt lost and out of control since he saw the rest of his family die.
They meet through the Last Friend app and movingly support each other as they tie up ends and make peace with themselves. Silvera (More Happy than Not, 2015) has created two wonderful and wonderfully distinct characters and their dual narration is punctuated with short accounts of other people whose lives are, however briefly, touched by these young men.
As the plot drives towards the inevitable end, signaled by the book’s title, this reader for one was hoping for a miracle, and the potent theme of living without fear and regrets shines through. Tears were shed.