TITLE: THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END
AUTHOR: ADAM SILVERA
GENRE: CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE
AGE CLASSIFICATION: Young Adult
On September 5th, 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.
This is a spoiler-free review!
Though I do recommend you read it right away if you haven’t already!
“…stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen.”
“Maybe it’s better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.”
“Entire lives aren’t lessons, but there are lessons in lives.”
“But no matter what choices we make – solo or together – our finish line remains the same No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”
They Both Die at the End is my first experience with Adam Silvera, and it definitely will not be my last.
This book was hauntingly beautiful. Mateo and Rufus are too extraordinarily crafted characters who are impossible not to relate to. Mateo, in particular, is so genuine, and soft and authentic and a total breath of fresh air in terms of male main characters. He was such a wonderful departure from the ‘Type A’ masculine characters that we are typically exposed too, and it was wonderful to see a different type of hero rise in Silvera’s book.
Not only were the characters wonderfully made, but so was the story itself. A futuristic system that calls you on your last day so that you can really live is such a unique and interesting concept and I could. not. put. it. down. Seriously, I read this book in less than 24 hours. The book seamlessly transitions from Mateo and Rufus’s POV showing us the events that lead up to their eventual meeting.
I laughed. I cried. I raged in frustration and I lived in the pages of this book.
They Both Die at the End is a book that everyone should have to read in their lifetime. It was absolutely beautiful, well-crafted, and the prose was exquisite. Adam Silvera has a gift for creating emotions in his readers and TBDATE is definitely no exception!
So do they both die at the end?
I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out.
They Both Die at the End was an amazing read and I wish I could give it a million stars. However, the only reason that I am giving it 4 1/2 stars is that I felt like some of the extra POV’s were unnecessary and they disconnected me from the overall story!
Have you read They Both Die at the End yet? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments down below or tweet me @fablesandfae
If you received a call from DeathCast tomorrow, what would you do with your last day?
Until next time, as always: