Title: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary, LGTBQIA+
Publication Date: September 7th 2017 by Simon & Schuster
My Rating: 4/5 stars
When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression.
Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run.
Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love…
Another beautiful, heartbreaking and life-affirming book from the brilliant Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me.
I’m going to be honest, I was a little hesitant to pick this one up because my first Adam Silvera was a meh/okay book, BUT I’m so happy that I ended up picking this up. And despite the title, I WAS NOT ready for the emotional ending.
THINGS I LIKED:
- This book gave me ALL the feels -> I was so emotional over it, and I just kept dreading the end because the title basically sums up the ending. I’m still not over it
- Mateo is the cutest cinnamon roll ever, and I just want to protect him from the world (I actually tried to not get too attached to the characters…but clearly that didn’t work *sighs*) I really related to his anxieties and how he dreams and wants to step outside his comfort zone but isn’t able to do so. That just really resonated with me and helped me connect to him more.
- At first, I didn’t know what to think about Rufus, because we don’t get a good first impression of him. But with every passing chapter, we see that he’s just a sweet soul who fiercely loves his friends, the Plutos (I forgot their names, oops. But they were such kind and loyal friends to Rufus and I did really like them too). And it’s so good of him to help Mateo out of his comfort zone but not push him too far
- I think the relationship between Mateo and Rufus was sweet and I love them. They were looking out for each other and tried to help each other stay alive for as long as possible. But it did kind of feel rushed, which I understand why because the book is set in a day. But even though their romantic relationship felt a tiny bit rushed, their platonic friendship was the cutest and I 100% support their friendship. They better be friends in the afterlife.
- I loved the idea of this story – a Death Cast that tells you that you’ll die today, an app to help you find a friend to make your day memorable and facilities to make most of your dreams come true. This idea was very unique to me, and got me thinking, how would I spend my last day if Death Cast were to call me.
- Adam Silvera’s writing in this book was well versed and engaging; I was hooked into the story within the first couple lines. And I stayed hooked for the entire story. This is a short book, so it could have been read in one-sitting for me, but I didn’t have the time to do that, sighs
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
- The multiple POVs threw me off. I appreciated the side stories, and how we get to see the different reactions to a Death Cast call – i.e. the person being called and the person is calling them. But I kinda found some of the POVs to be pointless, as they didn’t contribute much to the story. With that said, it’s also a personal preference thing because I don’t like too many POVs in a book, especially for a book this short.
- I would have liked to know more about Death Cast, like how it came to be and how the Death Cast knows who is going to die on a day. I understand that because this book was set in one day, it didn’t leave much room for a complex explanation on the Death Cast so we only have a vague understanding of the system and only theories about it
- Okay so this might just be me, but both Mateo and Rufus received their calls at midnight to 1 am, and like I do not understand how they functioned. So I think Mateo may have gotten sleep before getting the call, and they may have had naps (I can’t remember if they did) but I’m still wrapping my head around about how both of them were able to do a lot of activities on a couple hours of sleep. I can barely function with 5 hours. But this didn’t bring my rating down, it’s just something I’m speculating, haha
- I feel like that the book being set in one day made everything feel more rushed, especially the relationship between Mateo and Rufus. And we don’t get much time to delve into the world building, and I guess, I wished we had more time with Mateo and Rufus, and the book in general.
Overall, I really did enjoy They Both Die At The End, more than History Is All You Left Meand I’m so glad to have picked it up. I didn’t actually cry at the ending like most people, but I did tear up, so that’s something. This is such a short and cute read, that I’d definitely recommend it to you all.
HAVE YOU READ THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END? OR ANY OF ADAM SILVERA’S BOOKS? WHAT DID YOU THINK? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!