Conflict + Foreshadowing
The exposition take place in the beginning of the book. Here we are introduced to the characters and get to understand the setting the book takes place in. From the first page we get a grasp of the main conflict of the story. A boy named Mateo is going to die today, and he is scared but desperate to truly “live”.
When the two main characters get their death calls, the rising action begins. After this, smaller conflicts such as Rufus’s funeral being crashed by cops, his friends getting arrested due to it and Mateo’s fear of exposure to the outside world, continues to build up the tension which will eventually lead to the climax.
I assume their deaths is going to be the climax, since that’s the base plot in the book. Because of this the climax will happen before the day is over. Other than that it remains unknown.
The type of conflict would be person vs. the unknown/extraterrestrial. This type of plot is common in science fiction and would fit as they are able to forecast the day of everyone’s death. But I am not sure which conflict would fit this book the best as there is also a build up for a serious fight between two characters which could also lead to the climax.
The title of the book already foreshadows the whole concept of the book. “They both die at the end” tells us that two characters, probably the protagonists are going to die at the end of the book. This is also announced during the exposition.
Peck, the ex-gang member, and current boyfriend of Aimee wants to get revenge on Rufus for beating him up. Therefore, he gathers the old gang and finds a gun with bullets which he plans to plant between his new found enemys eyes. This could be foreshadowing about how the death of Rufus will play out.
I think Peck killing Rufus in vengeance would be too obvious for it to be his cause of death. I believe the cause of their deaths will be a lot less dramatic, unexpected, and really underwhelming. Not only is that a funnier way to go with all this suspense around the fight, but it also serves as an additional plot twist.