They Both Die At The End
by Adam Silvera
YA Contemporary, Romance
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’d like to be genuinely able to say that the reason I read this book so late after it’s publication date was because I had a strict reading list for Deptcon3, but even still, I didn’t finish this until the later part of November! I’ve been meaning to review it for ages so thankfully I’m finally getting around to it.
I was introduced to Silvera this year and instantly fell in love with his heartbreaking stories with utterly gorgeous prose and rich characters. So it probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that I was so looking forward to They Both Die At the End.
I adored the premise of this book, and after reading Release earlier this year and loving it, I was curious to see how well Silvera could pull off a similar style where the book takes place in a single day. And he knocked it out of the park for this one – because it was an incredible emotional rollercoaster.
What I liked about this one in particular, was that it was full to the brim of tense moments. Whether that was drawing out the inevitable kiss between our main characters for so long, or the moments with Rufus’s past creeping up to haunt him, and even with the atmosphere of death that was woven throughout. I for one was turning each page carefully, unsure of how or when Mateo and Rufus were going to die.
I loved the characters in They Both Die, as well as the rich, rich diversity. I would certainly recommend this book for fans of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star, because I got such a similar vibe from it – especially how they both had specific chapters for completely irrelevant characters,yet they somehow ended up being just as much of the story as Mateo and Rufus were.
I’m extremely excited for Silvera’s next book and hopefully I’m going to five right in as soon as it comes out!