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They Both Die at the End | Adam Silvera | Book Review

About The Book:

Author:Β Adam Silvera.
Genre:Β YA | Science Fiction | LGBTQIA+.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster.


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 for 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. 

My Thoughts:

Trigger Warnings: Loss of a parent, a sibling, a friend, portrayals of grief and pain, violence, abuse, mention of animal death, suicide attempt, talk of suicide.

“They Both Die In The End” is the story of two boys – Mateo and Rufus. Both the boys get Death Cast calls and now they have only 24 hrs of their young lives remaining.

In this world, people know when they are going to die via an organisation called the Death-Cast. They don’t tell you how you’ll die; they only tell you that you’ll die within a certain time period.

Mateo‘s mother is no more. His father is in coma, lying on a hospital bed when Mateo got the call. Mateo’s best friend, Lidia, and her daughter, Penny, are the only family he has now.

Rufus‘ family died in a car accident and he is now living in a Foster home with his friends and they call themselves Plutos.

They also have an app called ‘The Last Friend,’ which allows you to meet up with people who are also dying and seeking for someone if you are alone and don’t want to be alone.

Mateo and Rufus meet, and their final day is spent getting to know each other, learning about their histories, and exploring and doing things that will make their last day count.

The book has some amazing and unique concepts like Death Cast and The Last Friend. And the core idea of knowing your death day or that you are going to die within 24 hours is frightening. And then it makes you wish to spend all of your remaining life in next 24 hours.

It is more of a character driven than a plot driven book. And as much as I loved the main characters, the side POVs were annoying. They were interrupting the boys’ journey for me. Although they are connected with the main characters, it still felt off.

The book didn’t make me cry. Although there were some tragic implications, it was not as emotionally impactful as I had hoped.

The writing is excellent. Adam’s writing is both elegant and fast-paced. Despite the fact that I didn’t enjoy this book, it was never a pain to read. 

I would suggest it to others since the two main characters and the premise were still appealing to me. I simply believe that people will enjoy the experience more if they keep their expectations low and accept it for what it is, rather than hoping for something it will not be.

This was my first book by Adam Silvera. But this won’t stop me from reading and exploring more of his works. Definitely looking forward to them, because writing is realllllllly gooood.

9 thoughts on “They Both Die at the End | Adam Silvera | Book Review

  1. I gave this book 3.5 stars! This was good, but not as amazing as everyone says it is. Also, I agree that it’s not super emotional! My fav Silvera book still is History Is All You Left Me and having read all his work now – I can say that it’s the only one that really works the best with me. Rest are all okay.

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  2. I read this book at the beginning of this year and I had high expectations from it. I did enjoy reading it but yes, it wasn’t as Impactful as it should have been. Nevertheless, I loved the book. If a movie were to made on this book, I think it will turn out amazing. 😍😍

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  3. I really enjoyed this book, the whole concept actually made me think about what are the possibility and what would one do in such a situation. It wasn’t super emotional for me too but I was drawn to their cute little love story and I was hoping for a happy ending given the title πŸ˜…

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