They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

by Adam Silvera

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

New York Times bestseller * 4 starred reviews * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Kirkus Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 * A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 * A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017 * A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017 * A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year * A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062457813
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 32,101
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of They Both Die at the EndHistory Is All You Left Me, and More Happy Than Not, for which he was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Born and raised in the Bronx, Adam was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing. He has worked at a literary development company and a creative writing website for teens and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He is tall for no reason and lives in New York City. Visit him online at www.adamsilvera.com.

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They Both Die at the End 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Clara Goldberg More than 1 year ago
Amazing writing, amazing characters, amazing plot! This book is wonderful! The switching of POV's is brilliant and insightful, it allows you to understand all characters not just Mateo and/or Rufus. The magical realism is a tad creepy and haunting, but its just the right amount to make it interesting and a total eye catcher. Combining relatable problems of teenage boys, and a living life to the fullest vibe, this book will make you laugh, cry and debate every single thing with your friends. It's mysterious, it's romantic, it's real! 10/10 recommend!
Anonymous 5 months ago
This book portrays a topic that I think anyone can relate to. Nobody wants to face death, but this book shows that no matter how much time you have, you can achieve something. This something can be big, or it can be small, but it's something at least. The novel gives us this incredible lesson, and sense of belonging in our world. A true Mastapiece
Anonymous 6 months ago
It's right there in the title, but I still cried
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book is AMAZING. No other words to describe it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
YES JUST YES
Anonymous 10 months ago
So many words...it was beautiful and painful to read this story. You know how the ending will go yet still you hope with all hope for an alternate ending. Even knowing the outcome I was still blown away...
Anonymous 11 months ago
Its so good! I seriously couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would put down SPOILER but really the title already gave it all away. That is why I am actually disappointed that there's no twist in this one like there was for More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me. Disappointed not because the story was awful, disappointed that it was mighty good, title didn't lie, and there's no twist to help make my life a little better post-They Both Die At The End. Thanks for the feel trip. Mateo and Rufus is etched into my heart. Either I am becoming soft or your book make me soft hearted. Nonetheless, thank you for turning your unique thought into your wonderful writing and sharing it with us all.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
I loved and hated this book. In an alternate present day, people receive a call just after midnight letting them know it is their "end day." Teenage boys Mateo and Rufus, two strangers, each receive the call within hours of one another. Both boys are parent-less (Mateo's mother dead, his father in a coma; Rufus's entire family killed in a tragic car accident). Seeking solace in a friend, they find one another on the Last Friend App. The next 24 hours are filled with adventure, friendship, love, loss, and impending doom. As a reader you are continually reminded that no one has ever eluded Death-Cast's prediction for death. The boys will die but we don't know when or how. As the clock ticks down, the reader can't help hoping for a happy ending, a miracle that will save them both. But the title of this book is The Both Die At The End. There are no spoilers, the ending is announced before you open the book. But it's what happens between the pages that matters most.
PriPri More than 1 year ago
Before I get into the story, I want to say that I loved the diversity/representation portrayed in this book. There are people from different races, ethnicities, walks-of-life, social status, and sexual orientation. It all flowed very beautifully and it wasn't forced and there was no tokenism. It's refreshing to see and it was well written, which makes it even better. So the whole premise of this story is that a company has created a way to predict death. Now, each day between the hours of midnight and three a.m., certain people receive a call letting them know that at some time within the next 24-hours, they will die. That's pretty messed up, right?! I kind of get the idea, if you knew you were going to die, you could say 'proper' good-byes and maybe do things you never had the courage to do. But at the same time, would you really want to know? Personally, while I would get a chance to spend time with my loved ones, I would also have to live the entire day with the knowledge that I was going go die in some mysterious, unnatural way. The story follows (specifically) Mateo and Rufus who are 17/18-year-olds and they have both received the telephone call letting them know that they are going to die. They aren't told how or exactly when; they just know they are going to die. Both are, obviously, in a state of shock and disbelief. Rufus had just lost his entire family four months prior and was living with a serious case of survivor's guilt. Mateo is a frail, and paranoid kid whose mother died giving birth to him, and his father is currently in a coma. He's sad and angry that if--when his father wakes up, Mateo will be gone without having had a chance to say good-bye. Their stories intersect when they each decide to use an app called "Last Friends". It was created for people who get the death call and want/need someone to spend their final day with. Together Mateo and Rufus spend their last day in various places around the city, getting to know one another, and helping each other come to terms with their impending doom. There are all sorts of services throughout the city aimed toward "deckers", some are genuinely meant to help them live out a dream or have a few great final memories; while others are just meant to milk money from dying people. In less that 24-hours they become the best 'last friends' either could have hoped for. They connect on a level that most others could never understand. Mateo helps bring Rufus back to life; he was lost after the death of his family. Rufus shows the sheltered Mateo how to live the life he's always wished he could. They are so thankful that they got to meet; although wishing they could have done so sooner. But they wonder if meeting is what causes them to die. So that's the other question, isn't it? Does knowing you're going to die inevitably cause your death? I don't want to spoil the story, but you will be asking yourselves the same questions when you read it. They story was so real (the audio cast truly brought the characters to life). It was believable and implausible at the same time. It was bittersweet and beautiful and sad. It didn't get me until right before the very end, although a different me probably would have been sniffling through a good bit of it. And while it did make me cry (it goes on the short list of books that have), I don't think it was a sad story. It was a lovely story about living each day as though it were a lifetime and not taking your tomo
JDanow More than 1 year ago
Stop and imagine for just one minute what it would be like if you received a phone call telling you that you were going to die within the next 24 hours. How would you live your last 24 hours? Would you have a funeral with your family and friends so that you have a chance to say goodbye, or would you try and make a new friend going through the same thing you were so that you don’t have to be alone on your last day on this planet? This is exactly what happens to both Rufus and Mateo. Rufus is outgoing and not afraid to stand up for himself. He’s had a pretty crappy few years but he’s managed to make friends with the other kids in his foster home. They have become his family. He gets the call that everyone dreads informing him that he’s going to die today. He decides to download the Last Friend app so that he can get paired up with someone to spend his last 24 hours with. Mateo is a quiet and somewhat sheltered teenager who has been living on his own since his dad is currently in a coma. He gets the call that he is going to die today and he is instantly terrified to leave his apartment. He quickly decides that he doesn’t want to die alone, so he downloads the Last Friend App in hopes that he will come out of his shell on his last day. Mateo and Rufus meet through the Last Friend App and have an amazingly memorable final 24 hours together. The bring about change in each other that they never thought was possible. These characters are so easy to relate to and its so hard not to love them. I couldn’t help but laugh with them and cheer for them, and though I did everything in my power not to cry with them I couldn’t stop myself from crying crocodile tears over their trials and tribulations. This story is about growing, changing as a person and allowing yourself to love and be loved in the wake of great adversity. They Both Die at the End is the first book I’ve read by Adam Silvera, and I can’t wait to read more. Silvera has a way with words that can suck the air from your lungs, bring you to your knees and in the next sentence completely revive you. After turning the final page of this book and wiping the tears from my eyes I closed the book with a new found appreciation for the life I have and the awareness that it can all be taken away in a moment.
RJGM More than 1 year ago
What was that ending?!?! Everything hurts, and I ugly-cried a little bit listening to this book. It's not as good as More Happy Than Not (in my opinion), but Silvera certainly knows how to play with emotions. Why do I keep reading these books that I know will make me sad...?? Even though it worked out eventually to set up a very dramatic ending (and a few dramatic scenes along the way too), I'm not in love with the minor characters' chapters. I feel like it left almost nothing to the imagination; you don't even wonder for more than a few pages what happens to [MINOR SPOILER] the guy to whom Mateo gave his shoes [/END SPOILER]. I mean, that sounds like a silly criticism based on the way the book ends, but I found myself wondering a few times why I was learning about some random person when I wanted to be watching the main story. I am soooo curious about how Death-Cast works, but I'm actually glad it wasn't explained, because it would have distracted from the main story. In general, I'm super into this "our world but with one extra thing" concept that's both here and in More Happy Than Not, and I think it's a great balance between sci-fi and straight (ha) contemporary. (Also, for some reason, my brain decided that it was going to write fanfic for this last night, which I haven't done in literal years. This type of story is made for it!)
xokristim More than 1 year ago
I’ve read every book that has been published by Adam and have loved them all. This book was no exception. He is definitely one of my auto buy authors. I loved the character development in this book, I felt like I had the chance (even if it only was one day) to get to really know Rufus and Mateo. The fact that the chapters were in both perspectives really helped with this. I was extremely intrigued with the idea of the Last Friend App. It seems like something that would actually exist in our world. We have apps for dating, meeting friends, and any other thing you could possibly think of. Also the thought knowing when you will you die is very interesting. What would you do if you knew it was your last day? I thought this book was wonderfully written with sensitivity to all tough topics. Overall I would highly recommend this book if you’ve ever read anything by Adam, or even make this your first, because it is well worth a read. Be warned it gets very emotional (as all of his books do in my opinion). Adam writes so eloquently I can’t wait for his next book.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer, I received this book through edelweiss in exchange of an honest review. I freaking loved this book, it took me quite a bit to get into but once I got into the rhythm of it it was hard for me to stop reading. The premise is so unique and thought provoking, on the day you are going to die you get a phone call at midnight letting you know but they don't tell you how, why or when so it's up to you to decide how your going to spend your last day. Mateo and Rufus meet through the Last Friend app, basically it brings people together on their last day and in these guys case it worked wonderfully, Mateo found courage on his Last Day, doing little acts of bravery here and there changed his life and Rufus found in Mateo some kindness and softness and just another way of looking at life. Considering the premise it would have been so easy for Silvera to explore those questions of what if I stay home and do nothing or what if meeting you causes me to die, what if, what if, what if, and I loved that he did briefly touched on some what ifs but he stayed on the new friendship and finding new beautiful experiences course, the book is sad because you know, the title but it's also happy and full of hope. Mateo and Rufus are exceptional characters and I'm glad that Silvera doesn't shy away from bringing diversity into his characters and making that diversity not being the main thing about them. They just are. What a wonderful book, it gives you a punch to the heart but is a punch you gladly take.
Addicted_Reads More than 1 year ago
I thought he whole idea behind this story was so interesting! This is an alternate world where a company called Death-Cast calls people around midnight to tell them that within the next 24 hours they will die. This gives people the chance to say their goodbyes, do whatever it is you’d do on your last day, and even plan or attend their own funeral. Then there’s this app called Last Friend which brings together Decker’s (what people who are going to die are called) so that no one spends their last day together if they don’t want to. This app is what brings Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio together. Mateo is a gay Puerto-Rican 18-year old and one of our two main protagonists. He is also one of the most precious characters I’ve ever read about. I spent the entire book wanting to protect him from any harm. His anxiety at the beginning of the story was so apparent and seeing him come out of his shell and gain more confidence throughout the story made my heart so happy. Our other protagonist is Rufus, a bisexual 17-year old Cuban-American. He’s a little rough around the edges, but he is such a loving person. He is loyal to his core, and will do anything for his loved ones. Both characters show a lot of growth throughout the story and seeing their friendship develop and deepen was amazing to read about. They make the perfect team. They are complete opposites but they complement each other in the best way. I cry just thinking about them. Of course, Silvera’s writing was beautiful and he perfectly straddled the line between heartbreak and comedy. Like how, this book made me cry and laugh simultaneously. I also really enjoyed all the extra POV chapters. We get just a glimpse into the lives of minor characters or even random strangers in-between Rufus and Mateo’s story. And I don’t know why, but knowing how this was going to end made it even more heart-breaking. This book made me question my own mortality, how I could literally die tomorrow and if I’m satisfied with how I’ve lived my life so far. It made me face my thoughts on my own death (whenever that may be). I have never felt so called out. How would I react if I got a call saying I was going to die within 24 hours? Yikes, I honestly can’t even think of that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'd think with a book called "They Both Die at the End," I wouldn't be letting myself love the characters. But nope, I played myself. I cried like a baby at the end. In an alternate 2017, there is a service that calls you at midnight on the day you're going to die. They don't know how or when, but sometime before the next midnight is your time. Of course because this is 2017 and America, there are plenty of companies profiting on this system, including an elaborate social media website that connects "Deckers" together and catalogues their last day. Mateo and Rufus, the main characters, are drawn to this site because they really have no one in their life to mourn them. They eventually say "screw it" and try the site, and what they find in their "Last Friend" is each other. This isn't a coming-of-age story necessarily, because it only takes place in 24 hours, but you start with Mateo, a socially awkward boy who barely leaves his apartment, and Rufus, a foster kid who's filled with rage, and the two of them spend their literal worst day ever together and somehow bring out the best in each other. It isn't quite insta-love either. They're dying. They know they're dying. But their connection to each other is so genuine and addicting to read. I never thought I'd support an "I love you" dropped within a day of meeting, but damn do these boys love each other and you can't tell me otherwise. There's a great cast of supporting characters in their friends and their misadventures throughout the day are fun to read. I could have done without the side-stories, but, to be fair, this book would have been about 200 pages without them. I've never read Adam Silvera before, but you can bet I just ordered the rest of his books!
Shouni More than 1 year ago
They Both Die at the End is an Adam Silvera book so of course it broke my heart and I loved every minute of it. The concept of knowing when you’ll die has always seemed interesting to me so I was looking forward to seeing how these characters would deal with knowing they’ll die that day. It’s tragic and hopeful at the same time. Mateo as a character is very relatable and I could find myself in him. He’s a dreamer who’s been wanting to do a lot in life but always felt paranoid or scared to take that next step. He’s cautious and reluctant to try new things because of the jarring question, what if something goes wrong? But he’s also an all around good person. He cares deeply about others and will always be around for moral support. Rufus is more bold and adventurous but has a good heart and is loyal till the end. He just lost his family in a car accident a few months ago and has been living in a foster home. He has the most wonderful and supportive group of friends who would go to the ends of the earth for him. Watching Rufus and Mateo’s relationship growing into something deep and significant is heart warming. They’re both very different and under another circumstance, they wouldn’t have met. I usually hate the “met and fell in love all in one day” trope but it makes sense in this scenario since neither of them have any time left. They are both supportive of one another and become each other’s strength as the day goes by. Similar to The Sun is Also a Star, TBDatE has small chapters with snippets from all the side and minor characters so we get glimpses of what’s going on in everyone’s heads, not just our two mains. I love stories where we get a full picture and in this world, we get to see how something like DeathCast affects all parties, the ones who are dying and the loved ones they’re leaving behind. **A huge thank you to the publisher (HarperTeen) and Edelweiss for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Review also found at https://throughthebookportal.wordpress.com
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic story line! I enjoyed reading this one. I enjoyed reading about all about the different opportunities the Deckers had as they tried to make the best of their situation. These possibilities were not all doom and gloom but they were rather a celebration, to take advantage of what life had to offer them. I thought the relationships in the novel were amazing, I loved their commitment to each other and the struggles that they wrestled with. They had found one another by chance or was it destiny? They had both received the phone call and today was their End Day. One last day before their life is cut short. They took a chance and decided to spend their day together. They were Last Friends, who ended up embracing life on their final day on Earth. I liked Mateo’s and Rufus’ relationship. They met as strangers but by the end of the day, their relationship was tight and rewarding. It was emotional as they moved about their day, each of them sharing themselves openly with a stranger, a stranger who fulfilled their final day. I enjoyed the challenges they faced and the opportunities they undertook, they were honest and open with each other as they had nothing to lose for being themselves around each other. They didn’t seek out extreme opportunities to tempt fate, most of their final activities were natural, daily events. I really enjoyed the notion that they were not trying to prove themselves to each other, they were being themselves. I thought their day was extremely long as I read through it, they crammed enough activities into this day that I was tired just reading it. I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Good: This was a book that I knew was going to wreck me at the very beginning. And it really delivered! I don’t cry often, but this one definitely got me misty and sighing out loud a lot (causing my colleague to comment on what an animated reader I am). The premise was intriguing and the characters were really well-written. I could tell Rufus’s and Mateo’s voices apart perfectly, and they were so fleshed-out that I was really attached to them throughout. And of course, the pacing and anticipation of knowing how it ends but not knowing how the end happens was a really gripping experience. I could see this making quite a good movie, actually, and I don’t say that often. The Bad: I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it. I imagine that someone people would be frustrated by not having Death-Cast explained, but that wasn’t the point of the book, so I didn’t mind. Also, someone [*cough*Sean*cough*] wants me to say that the title is a lie. This is debatable, but I won’t spoil why this is a potential argument. Representation: This story features a very diverse cast, both in the main leads and the supporting cast. Rufus is bisexual on the page, and Mateo is questioning but falls for Rufus by the end (and it’s freaking ADORABLE). I love the two of them together! I decided to bump up this book in my TBR for Hispanic Heritage Month, and I’m glad I did. I’d love to read more of Silvera’s work in the future, and it’s awesome to see a Latino gay love story on the New York Times Bestseller List! Favorite Line: “He once told me that stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen.” Rating: 5/5 Stars!
MakennaFournier More than 1 year ago
Is it really surprising that a book whose title literally tells me that both of the MC are going to die at the end made me cry? I thought I could come up with something clever to say after that, but my mind is not functioning enough after this book, so maybe I should have waited before I started to write this review, but too late now. What I found that I loved most about this book was how much I came to love all of the character (and that includes characters OTHER than the two main characters). I found Mateo so relateable, Lidia, I want a book where she is the main character because I want to read more from her and to know she is ok, and Delilah, who's final part in the book just really got to me (probably more so than most other people who read the book). I could go on, but I am starting to tear up again and will most definitely start crying again if I keep going. This is my favorite book from Adam Silvera yet. Each book that he publishes I like better than the previous (I thought More Happy Than Not was ok, I really liked History is All You Left Me, and I loved They Both Die at the End) so I really hope I see a ton more books from him in the future because I need/want more.
memcphee12 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Easily one of my favorites I've read this year. This book was incredibly beautiful, it was both inspiring and heartbreaking. I really loved they way it included other POV's other than the main characters for a chapter, I found that added to the story in a cool way. I absolutely loved both Mateo and Rufus and the journey they had together. Highly recommend this book.
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Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
They Both Die at the End has to be one of the most talked about books of the fall - if not the year. Everyone seems to love it - so much so that I was worried about reading it. What if I didn't love it as much as everyone else? What if I didn't see the greatness? That's happened before for me with highly anticipated books, and I can't express to you all how much I didn't want that to happen here. The result?They Both Die at the End was absolutely amazing, a I-know-should-go-to-bed-like-a-responsible-adult-but-I-just-CAN'T-put-this-down kind of book. I cheered. I laughed. I cried tears of happiness as well as tears of sadness. I low key prayed that deep down the title was a lie - that they weren't going to die at the end... I mean, Mateo and and Rufus deserved so much life! How could Adam break my heart like that? Basically, this book was one heck of a roller coaster of feelings! The part that I loved the most about They Both Die at the End? The characters of course! I loved how Adam presented two complete opposites - Mateo who was so afraid to live and Rufus who was the definition of a rebel. They both managed to not only challenge each other in ways that were so desperately needed but also provide the other with support and love. Rufus pushed for Mateo to take risks, to ride bikes and not be afraid of falling off, while Mateo challenged Rufus to think about the tough parts of his past and the fears and doubts he had because of it. Mateo was quiet and sweet and, most importantly, so incredibly caring. He is someone that I would so want on my side if he was real...the ways in which he would go out of his way for his best friend and dad? They just brought out so many feels. Rufus was reckless and rebellious...but as most rebels do, he had a heart of gold underneath it all. His loyalty to the Plutos was admirable to see. I especially loved seeing the risks the Plutos took to give Rufus the best last day possible. Adam Silvera's writing was also another high point of They Both Die at the End. I loved the way in which he crafted the story. His pacing was well timed in the way that it brought just the right amount of suspense and the perfect amount of character development. He also did a fantastic job of switching between POVs, and talking about POVs, I loved how he included not just Mateo and Rufus's POVS but those of other characters as well - ones whose lives crossed with Mateo and Rufus whether they knew it or not. It brought such a great look into this world. It also gave better understanding into not only those who were going to die but the Death Cast system as a whole. In all, I could go on and on about this book forever; however, I'll save you from that and instead end with this: READ THIS BOOK. As others have said before, They Both Die at the End is a celebration of life. It's about taking those risks and leaps, about not always knowing what is going to be on the other side, but knowing deep down that everything will work it's way out. I'm so incredibly honored to have gotten the chance to know Mateo and Rufus, and I can't wait for you to meet them as well. BUT Make sure you have a box of tissues on hand! *This review originally appeared on Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf*
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Silvera's latest novel imagines a contemporary world in which death can be predicted accurately to the day of death. Time and cause can't be discerned, but Death-Cast can inform you in the wee hours of the morning if you are going to die that day. Now, just the concept brings so much to mind - what would such a world be like? What could you do in 24 hours? What WOULD you don in 24 hours? And the author builds a narrative of two boys within that framework. Two strangers, who decide to spend their last day together. Mateo and Rufus are quite different in nature. Mateo is the gentle cinnamon roll (he digs graves for dead birds and helps out strangers), introverted and afraid to speak up. Rufus has violent impulses (we are literally introduced to him as he is beating up a guy), is fiercely loyal and has survivor's guilt. Matoe's last day was about becoming the person he really wanted to be, and Rufus' last goodbyes are ruined and when the both of them come together because of an app, it starts a tentative but beautiful relationship. Now their last day activities are mostly about making some good memories and hoping to die with lesser regrets, and constantly on the look out for their death. It is not funny, but when the book started I was imagining Death lurking in the background singing 'one way or another I'm gonna get ya' and at the start, Mateo is cautious like that. Slowly he starts to unwind and let the day take him where he did, and both of them seek their respective closures and goodbyes. Through a dual POV, we see how their companionship helps both of them, with Mateo gaining courage and Rufus gaining serenity through it. Through some other POV, we also see some 'background' characters and how their lives intersect with our two protagonists, and I liked that little detail. It reminded that the story is a little about other people too as it is about our two protagonists and how they navigate in the world. The world-building doesn't go beyond the introduction of Death-Cast a few years prior and the businesses that sprang around it, however, and I felt maybe we were denied some answers. The romance, is well, not insta-love kind but also I was a bit like - hold on there, it has been less than a day. But then you also think like how these two characters bared their souls to each other on their last day, and well, there is no later time to fall in love anyway. Though it was a beautiful development, it could have even worked on a platonic scale, because their friendship was as good as their romance. However, since this is an own voices book, I won't give any further arguments against it. The story is beautiful and despite the end (look, the spoiler is in the TITLE) it was a engaging and thoughtful journey to it. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Harper Teen, via Edelweiss.
corymarie More than 1 year ago
I have been anxiously awaiting this book ever since I heard it was going to be published. Adam Silvera is hands down my favorite writer. Honestly, and I might be biased because he is my favorite, I think he is one of the best YA writers of this generation. Silvera's ability to capture human emotion is absolutely uncanny. They Both Die At The End is his third book and it is an absolute stunner. They Both Die At The End tells the story of Mateo and Rufus who have both just received a call from Death-Cast telling them that they are going to die today. In this alternate reality of the present day that Silvera has created, Death-Cast is a company that somehow knows when you will die so they call you to alert you that will your death will happen sometime within the next 24 hours but they do not know how you will end up passing. Rufus and Mateo are seemingly healthy young adults, so the news that they are living their last day comes as a shock, but both of them react to the news very differently. Through an app called Last Friend, Rufus and Mateo end up meeting and they decide to live their last day together.  So even though the title gives away the ending, this book was a roller-coaster of emotion. Adam Silvera is an expert at writing emotions. I honestly had to stop reading for a couple of minutes because I started thinking about what I would do if I knew I was going to die. Then, that thought terrified me and I experienced a bunch of nerve-racking emotions right along with Rufus and Mateo. Every Adam Silvera book is pretty hard to read, just because he is so excellent at describing emotions that you don't ever want to feel, but that's what I think makes his books so great- they force you think. This book has a really unique concept. It is one of the most creative books I have ever read, and I could absolutely tell how much thought and planning Silvera put into writing this. I have read reviews saying that the plot is slow-moving at times, but I thought it was anything but. I could not put this book down and I had to finish it in a day, which seemed fitting since the story takes place over the course of a single day. Mateo and Rufus are amazingly written characters and I loved that the book included both of their narrations. I even loved the seemingly random chapters that were narrated by background characters that ended up being anything but random. The small parts of this book that contained the perspectives of these non-main characters helped to move the plot along and made me connect so much more powerfully to the theme. As I read about how everyone's stories intertwined, I was filled with an extreme amount of hope- which is a hard emotion to feel in a book that is mainly about dying. I even loved the slightly romantic aspect of this novel. I don't necessarily believe that love can be found in one day, but I think it really worked in this book. They Both Die At The End begs the reader to believe that life can be lived in a day full of new adventures and it taught me that small moments really do count. Grandiose gestures and traveling around the world might be nice, but living is really about all of the connections you make and the effect you have on the people around you. This is such a heart-breakingly wonderful story and I urge everyone to go out, live you life to the fullest, and also pick up a copy of this beautiful book.