Death has been in my mind a lot lately. I know that sounds like a very grim statement but for some reason, I keep thinking about it especially after giving birth. I keep thinking about how fragile life is and how anyone, even the person you love could die at any moment and just thinking of it already makes my heart ache. I guess the thought of death comes with loving a person too much because if you love someone so much, there is this nagging fear of losing them too.
Sorry about being sentimental. It’s just that the book They Both Die at the End reminded me of these thoughts but in such a creative and unexpected way. I wasn’t very enthusiastic about reading this book when I first saw it because I thought the title was only a metaphor to a rom-com involving two teenage boys but I was dead wrong. Sorry for the bad pun.
The book, involving an element of sci-fi but still set in our contemporary world is a very imaginative novel that tackles life at its peak, living it to the fullest before the Grim Reaper knocks at your doorstep. The very idea that the characters get this call from “Death-Cast” informing them that in the next 24 hours, they will meet their untimely death is an indirect reminder not to wait for your final moments before actually living your life.
I just thought there were parts of the story that dragged and some unnecessary links of certain characters that without the character mapping at the back of the book, I wouldn’t have appreciated the connection but overall, it was still a gripping read and even though the title might appear like a huge spoiler, the plot maintained a consistent air of mystery till the end and still managed to give me goosebumps when the story ended.