They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
Death-Cast calls Mateo and Rufus to tell them that they are going to die today. Starting out as strangers, they find each other through an app and live their last day together.
This wasn’t heartbreaking like I expected. I actually felt more for the random side characters in their brief moments of grief than I did for either of the main characters who were doomed from the start. I didn’t feel their growth as people or their developing relationship as they went through their last day alive. At times I forgot whose perspective a chapter was being told from and the dialogue didn’t always feel natural, especially the further into the book I got. I also had trouble remembering who characters were when they reappeared chapters later. I wanted to know more about Death-Cast. And I know that wasn’t the point.