Summary: Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End takes place in a society where individuals receive a call from Death Cast, telling them that they will die that day. On September 5th, teenagers Rufus and Mateo receive a call from Death Cast, and the two each try to figure out how they’ll spend their last day. Both realize that they’re looking for a new friend on their End Day and guess what, there’s an app for that! Last Friend brings these total strangers together in hope that they’ll have one last, great adventure in one day.
My Rating: 3.75/ 5 Stars
They Both Die at the End kept me turning the pages to know the fate of Mateo and Rufus. Yes, the title of the book makes the ending sound a bit obvious, but you never know! My favorite part of They Both Die at the End was that it wasn’t just told from Mateo and Rufus’s perspectives, as we get the POVs of individuals who have directly or indirectly been affected by Death Cast that day. Between the multiple POVs, its diverse cast of characters, and how the book takes place over twenty-four hours, I was reminded a lot of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star, as our two main characters form a relationship in the single day they have together. I find that They Both Die at the End was a unique read because it directly deals with death. It was interesting to consider Death Cast as death itself.
They Both Die at the End was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 because I’ve really enjoyed Adam Silvera’s More than Happy than Not and History is All You Left Me. While I enjoyed They Both Die at the End, it wasn’t my favorite Adam Silvera book. The premise was unique and one that keeps you thinking after reading the final page, but I felt that I couldn’t connect to Mateo or Rufus, other than the fact that Mateo loves books (the bookstore scene was quite cute). Yes, we will all face death one day, but I think the majority of my disconnect came from the idea that Mateo and Rufus know they’ll die that day. Hence, the book gives us the idea to get out of our comfort zones sometimes because everyday could be our last. And while the book had its suspenseful moments, I felt that it could have been a bit more suspenseful if it had been shorter. It was cool to see Rufus and Mateo’s relationship grow, but it felt a bit fluffy at times.
I was also left with an unanswered question or two at the end of the book when it came to some of the world building. While the story gives us the vibe that once you receive a Death Cast call, you will die that day, has anyone ever not died after being notified by Death Cast?? WHAT ABOUT DELIAH???? Are we to assume that she died or did she make it??? My biggest question that was left unanswered (which might have been up to our own interpretation) was the meaning behind Deckers being called Deckers. My assumption, as morbid as it seems, is that they’re waiting, or on deck, to die that day.
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