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.
I decided to read They Both Die At The End because I really wanted to read an Adam Silvera book, and this was the only book in the bookshop.
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I loved how most of the characters that Rufus and Mateo meet are connected to their story in some way, however obscure and minor these characters were. When the connections started to be revealed towards the ending of the book, I kept flipping back to the scenes in which these characters were introduced, and rereading how they interacted with the two boys.
It was fascinating how the different characters approached death, and how death was viewed in this society.
One aspect that I found lacked in worldbuilding was the Death-Cast. How was the Death-Cast created and how do they know who is going to die?
I was a bit confused by the ending because I didn’t think it was as clear as it could have been.
There was some ableist language.
They Both Die At The End was an emotional and beautiful book. I especially enjoyed how the characters were all connected to each other.
Trigger warnings: death, grief.
Have you read They Both Die At The End? Do you have any theories about the Death-Cast?