Title: They Both Die at the End
By: Adam Silvera
Published: September 7th 2017
By: Simon & Schuster
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.
This is a very beautiful book, it’s certainly heartbreaking, but in such a meaningful way, if that makes sense. I loved to undertake this journey with Rufus and Mateo, it was an adorable discovery journey and although I feel that it finished so soon, they will be a long time in my heart
The story follows Mateo and Rufus, both receive a call from Death-Cast announcing that they will die within the next 24 hours. Mateo is a very lonely guy so he doesn’t really want to spend his last day alone, so he gets into an app called The Last Friend where he finds Rufus and both guys, although they’re very different from each other, find in the other’s company what they need and they’ll try to live their last day to the fullest
Everything that happens in the book takes place 24 hours, which is very crazy because after finishing it, it seems that it has been much longer since so many things happen in it. I feel that it has been absolutely adorable, knowing that you’ll lose your life being so young is heartbreaking, but I love to see how they overcome that fact, try to discover themselves and find support in each other and see how this friendship grows during the course of the book it has been very beautiful. Adam is a genius in terms of creating characters, it’s my favorite thing about his books, I think you’ll always find variety in them and that makes the plot much more entertaining and interesting.
You can think that the fact that the book is entitled “They Both Die At The End”, can make some spoilers to you, but in fact, I don’t feel that it’s a problem when you’re reading the book, obviously you’ll always be afraid for them, but during the plot you never know what will happen and many surprising and sudden things happen so this itsn’t exactly predictable
I really liked that it’s so light, although it’s so deep, you know? It’s like you’re reading something so significant with such beautiful words and lovely quotes but at the same time it’s not a heavy or overwhelming reading, it’s very light.
It’s divided into 4 parts, which will prepare you for the ending, it helps a lot that the chapters are so short, which makes reading it fast. To be honest, I know I was like a whole week reading this book lol, but I felt that I wasn’t rushed to finish it, I enjoyed reading it, it was quite an experience and I recommend it a lot
The main characters are adorable, I adore Rufus as much as I love Mateo, I think Mateo is the one that has grown the most throughout story, he’s so sweet and compassionate, a truly empathic human being that I’m sure you’ll love, while Rufus is a bit more wild and extroverted, I think that as their personalities were so different it was very interesting and fun to see them interact and see at the same time how they were learning from each other. What was a day for them felt like years to me, but in a good way, I mean, their relationship grows a lot and they also grows as people and this makes it very surprising when you remember that they have only spent one day together.
There are other characters in the book besides them, which also have individual points of view and which will tell us their stories. Some of them have also received the Dead-Cast call, so we’ll also know how they face their last day. But what I found like so amazing about all things was how the stories and the lives of each of these characters end up intertwining and crossing at some point, I find that incredible, I don’t think it’s something very easy to do when you are writing , intertwine characters in his last day of life, with so different stories. Having done that so well is really a great merit.
Sadly I’m not sure about the end. I expected more, to be honest, and once I finish it, it was like “that’s it?”, Really, I wanted more, I needed to know how the day would end to feel like I could close the story. If you like open or unfinished endings maybe you don’t bother or don’t even notice this but, I’ll not lie, it was a little disappointing for me, that a story so well told with so much meaning doesn’t have the end I expected
I feel that the main point of the book is self-discovery and it also makes you wonder how you live your life, if you live to the fullest or leave things for later. How important it’s to say “I love you” to our loved ones and also encourage yourself to live without fear and without prejudice, I adore all the beautiful meaning that this book has.Even though, I thought I would cry, I didn’t do it, which is weird because I’m quite sensitive, but I feel that although I understand that it’s heartbreaking, because it’s, there was something inside of me waiting for a better ending and that left me somewhat confused until now lol. Even so, I can’t stop to recommend it, is a very beautifull book, the characters are valuable and diverse. They value friendship and family above all and that is wonderful