Hello! Today I am bringing you my thoughts and gushing feelings about the heartwrenching novel, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. It has been a while since I read it so it might be a short one!
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, LGBTQ+
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.
Overall, They Both Die at the End is an incredibly moving novel with an amazing and important message intertwined. The opening quote, in particular, struck me and I knew I was in for a wild and emotional ride; “For those who need a reminder to make every day count.” – Adam Silvera. And no, the title is not ‘clickbait’, it is the truth so no, it is not a spoiler.
This is the second book I’ve read by Silvera so I knew the writing was going to be beautiful and I knew I wouldn’t have a problem with it. And I was right! The writing was so easy to read and flowed so smoothly. The writing is also easily captivating and engaging.
The characters are so easily lovable and as hard as you try to not get attached, you somehow find yourself rooting for them and hoping that maybe the title is a lie or just there to trick you. Mateo and Rufus are so easy to get along with and are a great representation of people of colour and LGBTQ+ people. The support of the minor characters helps build up Mateo and Rufus also, these characters are just surrounded with love! It’s so nice to see!
They Both Die at the End includes multiple POV’s but from bystanders and people that would never interact with Mateo and Rufus but have in impact on each other’s lives, which is a concept I love.
I loved every minute reading this one, a beautiful story with a great message. I highly recommend! Thanks for reading!