THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END is yet another tear-filled treasure from Adam Silvera. This book is all about friendship and grief, but more than anything, this book is about life! THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END has been my most anticipated read of the year, and it was everything I’d hoped for and so much more.
About the Book
Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
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 and to live a lifetime in a single day.
I paired They Both Die at the End with this Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon. If you knew you were going to die today, how would you pass the time? As you would expect from a Silvera novel, this one will certainly put you through the emotional ringer, and this wine nearly matches it in its intensity and richness.
*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*
They Both Die at the End is yet another tear-filled treasure from Adam Silvera. This book is all about friendship and grief, but more than anything, this book is about life! They Both Die at the End has been my most anticipated read of the year, and it was everything I’d hoped for and so much more.
I found the premise of this book to be absolutely fascinating. I’d categorize this as more speculative than contemporary, because of Death-Cast, which is this fascinating system that can predict a person’s date of death. On their death day an employee from the Death-Cast call center phones the soon-to-be deceased to let them know of their impending doom. I love books that have this type of element that really gets readers thinking about what they would do in a similar situation. If you knew you were going to die today, what would you do? If it was possible, would you want a system like Death-Cast to exist?
As I would expect with any Silvera novel, I absolutely fell in love with the characters. Mateo and Rufus were the perfect characters for this story. For me, each of them represented a different type of regret a person would have when faced with their our own mortality. Mateo represents our regrets for the things that we haven’t done, while Rufus represents the regrets we have for things that we have.
When the two of them come together to be Last Friends they have to try to live a lifetime in just one day. They each compliment the other’s character so well and reading the story of the two of them together for that day was just everything. Be prepared to feel a very wide and powerful array of emotions with this one!
There is also a really wonderful message in this book about interconnectedness and how all our individual stories can affect one another’s. We get to see glimpses of this day from the perspective of other outside characters, some who are “deckers” some who are not. The way that Silvera weaves all their stories together to reach the final conclusion of the overall story was really masterful plotting and one of my favorite elements in this book.
Even though the title of this book seems to be the ultimate spoiler, I found myself hoping the entire time I was reading that Mateo and Rufus would somehow outrun their fate. I won’t say whether or not they were able to, that is something that you are definitely just going to have to read to find out!
About Adam Silvera
From Adam’s Website
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. He is tall for no reason and writes in New York City.
Represented by Brooks Sherman of Janklow & Nesbit.
What is your favorite Adam Silvera novel that you’ve read so far? Will be reading They Both Die at the End when it hits shelves on 09/05? What is your most anticipated read of 2017?