Book: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Thoughts/Review: This book is set in a world where Death-Cast exists. Death-cast is a system that knows when it is someone’s “death day”, and they call those people in the morning to let them know. No one knows how Death-Cast knows when someone is going to die. Mateo and Rufus are two guys who receive a call from Death-Cast one morning, and they are complete opposites brought together by an app called “Last Friend”. This app connects people to others on their last day so that they have someone to spend their last day with. It connects people so that they can make one last friend before they pass away. Brought together by this app, Mateo and Rufus go on one last adventure, together.
The entire book takes place in the span of one day, which was really cool to see. I didn’t feel like it dragged on at any points, in fact I felt like it gave more of an opportunity to connect with the characters, by making it all happen in 24 hours. This book has been on my shelf for a few years, so I am really glad that I was able to finally read it because it was amazing.
This book honestly broke my heart. Going into a book with this title, you might think ‘of course they both die at the end, how could it have a happy ending?’. I, however, was very optimistic, and as I became more connected to the characters, I began hoping the title was just a trick to fool me into thinking they would actually die. I became so attached to Rufus and Mateo that I felt emotional when they were upset or worried. That being said, you can probably understand why my heart broke at the end of the book. It’s been a while since I read a contemporary book. A couple of years ago, all I read were contemporaries, and I loved them. Being completely honest, after reading this book I took a break from reading for about a week and a half because it was so much to process. The writing was so well done that I felt genuinely apart of what the characters were going through.
I really liked Rufus’ friend group, and felt like it was a real family, which it was for them. I also loved the dynamic between both of these boys. The contrast between their behaviour was really interesting to read. Rufus was more street smart and aware of the difficulties life can bring, while Mateo was more reserved and afraid. Through the book though, I could see as both of them brought out something different in the other.
I would recommend this book if you are looking for a great contemporary, but don’t mind sadness in a book. Be aware that this book may break your heart too. That being said, though, it was a really amazing journey.
Rating: 5/5 Stars