Is the title a spoiler?
Well, that would be telling.
It’s not a spoiler to say that this book, like Silvera’s back-catalogue, is designed to tug (or wrench, to be more accurate) at the heartstrings. Set in a futuristic world where anyone can be called up to say that today is your day to die (no matter what your age), the story follows two boys paired up to spend their last day together. Turns out, there’s an awful lot you can get done on your last day.
The representation here is delightful – Rufus, one of the two main characters, states from the get-go that he is bisexual, and there is some ‘figuring out’ going on from Mateo, too. From the title alone, the book should read like the most tragic of romances, but this book feels vast and hopeful. The worldbuilding of this future is both subtle and rich, and doesn’t distract from the fact this is a character-driven and wonderful novel.
We can’t possibly say if the prophetic title comes true, of course, but it is well worth riding out the fear and anxiety this book delivers, because the characters are truly unforgettable.