Book: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: YA contemporary
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 and to live a lifetime in a single day.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I really don’t know how to put into words how much I loved this book but I’m going to try anyway. After loving Adam Silvera’s previous books I knew I’d really like this one but I was still shocked at how much I loved it.
In They Both Die At The End everyone receives a call from ‘Death-cast’ on the day they will die to tell them that sometime in the next 24 hours they will die and to get their affairs in order or do something they want to do before they die. This story is about Mateo and Rufus who both get the call from ‘Death-cast’ and they end up meeting through the ‘Last Friend’ app to have someone to share the day with.
Even by the synopsis I knew it was going to be heart breaking but I still wasn’t prepared for how much. Mateo and Rufus felt so real to me. Mateo’s thoughts on his life, like his fears and how he felt about the way he was living his life and Rufus’ family relationships were so interesting to read about and the way their stories were written made me feel so attached to them. And even though I loved Mateo and Rufus and I wanted to read more and more about them at the same time I felt so saddened at how much their time was running out.
I loved the concept of this book, it had me really reminiscent of Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Not that they are alike but just in the feeling of a world where death is seen differently to how it is nowadays. I liked how the idea of this book made me really think and question things. Like how would it feel to know when you will die and how will you feel about the things you have accomplished so far or the things you haven’t accomplished in life. It’s definitely a thought provoking book.
Even though the story is about Mateo and Rufus I really liked how we got to read about other characters perspective in some short chapters, I thought that added a really interesting aspect to the overall story.
Overall I loved They Both Die At The End. This is a beautiful and heart breaking story and I really don’t think this review will do it justice. It’s definitely a story I won’t forget and I would highly recommend reading it.