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.
“…maybe it’s better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.”
Ever since I became an avid viewer of BookTube, I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Adam Silvera and his heartbreaking novel, They Both Die At The End. This past Christmas I was lucky enough to score a copy from my younger brother and I have been dying to tear into it. I’m happy to report that the wait was worth it, as this book did not disappoint. In a world where people are contacted by a company and told that they have 24hrs left to live, I was immediately intrigued as to how such a book would play out when the title of the book seemed like a massive spoiler. They Both Die At The End is refreshingly unique, and while it is at times somewhat confronting as a reader, it’s also incredibly endearing and inspiring. Silvera’s writing is a pleasure to read. The narrative is fast paced, entertaining, and has multiple characters with their own unique voices.
They Both Die At The End is a beautiful novel about friendship, courage, death, fate, acceptance and taking the time to really live your life without regret. Of all the characters introduced, I related most with Mateo and his sheltered, scared-to-take-risks lifestyle. I was so proud of him as his personality evolved during his last 24hours. The downside of this however, was that at the end of the novel Silvera had me ugly snot-crying into my sleeve. If you like novels that make you think about life, and don’t mind a few hardcore feels, than this book is for you.
If you’re read any of Adam Silvera’s other books, what was your favorite/s? What other books have made you cry? Be sure to leave me a comment below and let me know some of your thoughts.