They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Book - 2017
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In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062457806
Branch Call Number: SIL
Characteristics: 373 pages

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emilykinasz
Feb 26, 2021

This book hurt my feelings. Both characters are so lovable and form such an incredible relationship, and it really gets you thinking about living your life and making meaningful connections. Reading it after nearly a year of lockdown/pandemic is not advised!

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taupe_elephant_50
Feb 25, 2021

Why is it so hard to accept reality plainly put in the tittle? This book needs to be read though and enduring Mateo and Rufus' last day with them was a really beautiful experience. Silvera doesn't disappoint!

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april_guitar10
Jan 20, 2021

The novel, They Both Die at the End, written by Adam Silvera, is an agonizingly tragic LGBTQ+ story set in a futuristic New York. However, one piece of new innovative technology, called DeathCast, becomes widely available to the general public, giving people foreboding insight into life’s most inevitable prospect, death. The company, DeathCast, calls people everywhere from 12 am-3am every day, letting them know that they will die within the next hours. However, DeathCast does not tell you your precise time of death -- you just know you could die anytime within this range.

This book poses an extremely thought-provoking question, “What would I have done if I knew I would die in the next 24 hours?” The two protagonists, Mateo and Rufus, are given the call, respectively. The two boys encounter each other through an online app, created to help “Deckers” (the term coined for those who have received the DeathCast call that day). Mateo and Rufus go through a roller coaster of adventures on their final day on Earth. Seeing the two main characters live out their lives to the fullest and eventually falling for each other was a beautifully romantic, albeit a little cheesy, storyline. The book is split up into chapters and each chapter focuses on the thoughts and feelings of each character, as well as side characters. The switching back and forth of narration is cliche, but Silvera writes in a way that captivates the reader. The fact that all the events took place in one single day is mind-blowing.

Overall, the novel They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is an amazing read! Simply spectacular, and I was left tearing up at the end of it. I would highly recommend this novel to ages 13+ (since there is profanity and more mature topics). The title provides a clear foreshadowing of what happens to the characters.

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onewhitewolf
Jan 14, 2021

I've been meaning to read this book for a while, and I'm so glad I finally did - this story is insanely beautiful and made me realize the extent of our mortality. This novel explores friendship, love, mental health, and life and death.

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keerthananoru
Jan 12, 2021

They Both Die at the End is a book filled with roller coaster emotions. It follows the story of two boys, Mateo, and Rufus. They are both dying. They connect through this app to spend their last day alive with each other. Their relationship at the beginning starts off as strangers. That slowly turns into something more than that. I love how the author connects all these different people in the story. The ending is very abrupt, and I feel like the author could add some more detail. The author developed each character wonderfully with many details. Overall the book was hard to put down, and it ended up teaching me some life lessons.

They Both Die at the End has left me speechless. It was so realistic that you felt like you knew the main characters, like they were your personal friends. The author delivered the story in a way that made you appreciate life. Lessons were taught. Character growth was evident on every page. Even though the ending was soul crushing it was a great book and I would really recommend you read it ASAP!

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Shruthirajkumar
Dec 21, 2020

‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera is a heartbreaking YA and LGBT novel about two teenage boys, Rufus and Mateo, as they spend their last day together. This story is set in New York City on September 5, 2017 (which is also the publication date for this book…. Yay, easter egg)! It starts off with DeathCast. The company who calls you to tell you that you’re gonna die within the next 24 hours. This doesn’t mean you have the whole 24 hours though. In fact, you could die within 5 seconds of that phone call and it would still count. (Fun, right)? Eventually Rufus and Mateo friend one another and then we follow them through the adventures of their last day. Mateo and Rufus have such complex backgrounds (which I won’t spoil for you…. you’re welcome) and reading through their day and watching the character development was enjoyable. It was also really interesting how the author was able to make it seem like you were reading about a lifetime when you were actually only reading about one day. This book is so good. Seriously. It’s amazing. It is a bit emotionally chaotic though. You’ll feel some new emotion every chapter. I couldn’t stop crying after reading this book. I found myself thinking about it for days after finishing the book. The POV's of the book are also really interesting. The author blends them together very subtly so it’s hard to notice at first read (unless I’m just oblivious). When I read the book again, it was so much fun to look through the chapters and put the pieces together. I felt like a detective or something. It was also really interesting to see how the author uses side characters to create a more complex storyline. Each of these side characters had their own lives and feelings. So if you think about it, for them, Rufus and Mateo were the side characters in their story. It reminded me of the butterfly effect, how one action sets off a domino effect for others. I will warn you though, if you have a faint heart, or if you can’t handle intense emotions. DON’T READ THIS BOOK. The amount of emotions that this book radiates is insane. Every page and every chapter brings on more emotions (most of it is sadness and hopelessness as you watch them live their final hours). The way the author wrote this book will make you get extremely attached to the characters. (I know it did for me). Whenever they were happy, I was happy. Whenever they realized that they were going to die today, I felt sad and helpless because I couldn’t help them. That’s actually something that I really liked about this book. Granted, It had me bawling my eyes out for days after reading it. In fact, I still think about it now. It’s one of those stories that’ll never really leave your mind. If this was a book review on Goodreads or something, I would give the book 5 stars. It truly deserves it. I said it before and I'll say it again, this book is amazing. If you can handle grief and are willing to be a depressed couch potato for a few days, go ahead and read this book. You won’t regret it. And if you end up reading this book before or on September 5, I guess you can celebrate Mateo and Rufus’ death day too.

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N_1239
Dec 20, 2020

One of the most marvelous books I've ever read. They both die in the end, but that isn't the point. They have one, just one more day to be alive, to know what living is. They know they are going to die, but they don't know when, and in what means, why, and how to live their last hours of their life. But as soon as their paths cross, it's all spontaneous, wondrous, and shows realistically just what a last day can be like. There's so much to do, so much love that blossoms, but so little time. "They Both Die At The End" portrays the beauty of exceeding your life in those last few minutes, and no matter how much wonder and happy tears exist, it comes to an end, even on those beautiful days of hope.

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_alishabari
Nov 04, 2020

this was such a bittersweet book discussed themes of identity, inevitable death and just pure sadness. i loved it. this hit me in my emotions, maybe because getting attached to the characters was so easy or maybe the writing was beautiful. warning: it's not an easy book to read because death is a very big topic (duh), if you don't feel comfortable with death i would not recommend clearly.

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Alpha_zzz
Aug 28, 2020

I really could not get into this book. Maybe because it was a story about being cheated out of youth by death. There was a lot of going back and forth between characters which made it somewhat disjointed.

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_alishabari
Feb 21, 2021

But no matter what choices we make - solo or together - our finish line remains the same … No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.

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_alishabari
Feb 21, 2021

Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.

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LadyKatka
Aug 15, 2020

"When someone puts their journey out there for you to watch, you pay attention - even if you know they'll die at the end."

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night_shadow_8
Sep 27, 2019

"Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs." -Adam Silvera

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night_shadow_8
Sep 27, 2019

"Sometimes the truth is a secret you're keeping from yourself because living a lie is easier." -Adam Silvera

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