They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction, LGBT
Publication: September 5, 2017 from Harper Teen
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 368 pages
New York Times bestselling author 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.
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.”
Ever since I read his debut, Adam Silvera has been an auto-buy, auto-read author for me. In More Happy Than Not, he was able to grip me from start to finish and he enabled me to feel for his characters, ensuring a wonderful reading experience for me. In History Is All You Left Me, he further reinforced all the reasons why he became one of my favorites with a story that was as emotional as it was unflinchingly honest. In They Both Die At The End, he just wrecks me completely with a story that is relevant, moving, and extremely heartfelt. Read on for a more detailed review of Adam’s latest book.
Just as I loved it in The Sun Is Also A Star, I hands-down adored Adam’s attempt at giving his book a lot more depth by telling his story through multiple POVs. As mentioned on my review for the former, I am a huge fan of multiple voices when I read books. In They Both Die At Then End, we also see lots of other side stories other than that of Mateo’s and Rufus’. This gives readers a lot of other angles with which to view the story from, and this just widens the story and maximizes the presence of other characters, whether they be major or minor ones. Through this technique, I fell in love with most of the side characters that played positive and vital roles in telling our MCs’ story.
Not that it took me long to fall in love with Adam’s writing in his previous books, but in They Both Die At The End, I instantly did, without having to read more than 10 pages. I was only a couple of paragraphs in when I thought to myself: “This is going to be good, I can tell…” And I just love those kinds of books where you don’t need much validation in order to get hooked. That’s what it felt like reading Adam’s newest book. The writing was a lot more poignant, true, and it I loved how in every chapter, there were such good quotes that readers would easily relate to, remember, and hopefully apply in real life. The impeccably fast pacing was also noteworthy, especially for those who love stories that one could pick up and hope to finish as soon as possible. Everything was well thought of and just undeniably impressive.
Another thing that I found so delightful about this book is that it indirectly encourages it’s readers to re-evaluate their lives and reinforce the need to live it to the fullest. It’s rare for me to find books that teach me valuable life lessons. Ones that I could actually apply in real life. Through Mateo and Rufus’ heartbreakingly impressive story, Adam imparts with us the knowledge that our lives are timed and limited, especially for our generation, since we currently don’t have Death Cast’s services (wherein a representative will call to inform you that you have 24 hours, or less, before you die). After finishing this book, I was left with an exhilarating thought that I owed it to myself to maximize my time in this world and just live it the way I want to.
The slow-burn romance was noteworthy too! I love that it almost took the entire day (and basically the entire book) for Mateo and Rufus to fall in love with each other. I, personally, wouldn’t find it at all believable if they developed feelings towards each other at the time they met. It would feel too convenient, and I’m not that big a fan of insta-love (most especially in times like the apocalypse or something). The love aspect of this book, came only as an added bonus for those who rooted for the main characters big time. It took them a long time to fall in love with each other, but it didn’t took me long to fall in love with them. *cries*
And lastly, I would like to call out Adam Silvera on one important matter: WHY DID YOU HAVE TO COME UP WITH THE IDEA THAT BOTH OF YOUR PRECIOUS LITTLE BOYS WOULD JUST BOTH DIE AT THE END?! After basically tricking your readers into adoring Mateo and Rufus both as individuals and as a pair, after hooking us up and finally shipping these beautiful boys. Why would you do this? It obviously is a perfect plan, but you could’ve gripped us in a less brutal way. One that didn’t involve getting our hearts shattered into millions of pieces over and over again. (I loved every page of it, though. Don’t get me wrong!)
“To conclude this emotional review, I think it’s safe to say that readers can definitely expect a lot from They Both Die At The End, and find that it most definitely would not disappoint. Get ready to go on an exciting one-day adventure with Adam’s new characters and prove that it only takes a few moments to change your life. Go ahead, and read this book. You’d discover that once you’re done with it, your life will have been changed as well.”
Have you ever read a book that has touched, and moved, and taught you valuable life lessons? If so, then share those titles with me! Let me know via the comments section below!
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.