They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Published by: Harper Teen
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: YA contemporary, very light sci-fi
Others by Author: More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me
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.
I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, HarperTeen!
I’d never read an Adam Silvera book before this, and now I’m dying to read the rest. They Both Die at the End was a gorgeous book, with a compelling, but very very mild sci-fi concept.
When Mateo receives a call from DeathCast (the company who predicts people’s deaths), he feels like he has wasted his life. He has always just sat back and stayed in his apartment and been too afraid to do anything. He knows his fears are silly and irrational, but he can’t seem to let them go. Silvera gets into this anxious boy’s head so well that I can’t help but connect to him and love him. And Rufus, who is lovely, understanding, and so devoted to his friends and family that it hurts, helps Mateo heal and live the way he always wanted to in the one day they both have left. From page one, I loved them and my heart already broke because, well…they both die at the end.
In addition to the main characters, I also loved how we had some random POVs from side characters. They were executed perfectly, and each of their voices was clear, distinct, and real.
I knew this book was going to pull my emotions here and there, but by god did I enjoy it. I was hooked from the start, and luckily I had a very slow day at work so I ended up reading through a bit of it. I’m also lucky I didn’t get to the really emotional parts until I was home because…well. I may not have cried (which I never do in movies/books/etc), but I would have had a very difficult time not showing my emotions in the office.
Anyways, They Both Die at the End was beautiful, but not melodramatic. Heartbreaking, but not emotionally manipulative. And it was poignant, but not pedantic. The half a star I knocked off is really only because I felt like the lessons/ideas in the book were pretty typical. It was the usual “life’s too short” lesson. But, that didn’t really take away from my enjoyment of the book and although I expected something a bit different, the rest of the book made up for it.
On the whole, They Both Die at the End is wonderful. I highly recommend you do yourself a favour and pick up a copy when it’s released on September 5!
Have you read any of Adam Silvera’s other books? Which is your favourite? Send me some recs, please!