They Both Die at the End | Review

"No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end."


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is one of those books that you pick up because you read the summary and thought it sounded interesting, but end up becoming completely invested in. I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did, and I definitely have some qualms with it, but it also made me cry. So this is on my list of great books, right there with All the Bright Places and Looking For Alaska.

I was not planning on making a post for this book, but it struck me so hard when I finished that I knew it deserved one. This novel takes place on September 5, 2017. It spans an entire day, it's different chapters various times of the day. We follow Mateo and Rufus, who've gotten the call at midnight that at some point in the next twenty four hours, they are going to die. The call has a specific chime and they'll keep calling you until you answer. It's called Death-Cast and I have to admit I was very intrigued but also very disappointed that we didn't get to learn more about the company and how they get their information. Because as history has proved, Death-Cast is never wrong. So who is giving them this information?

Mateo and Rufus meet on a 'Last Friends' app and spend their entire day together, going through the city of New York, saying goodbye to loved ones and going on their last adventure with one another. They go for breakfast, go on a fake skydiving experience, visit the cemetery, sing karaoke and become good friends in the irony of their last day. Actually, they seem to fall in love at the end, which I thought was extreme, but who am I to judge on feelings right before death? It was cute, either way. I'm not going to give away the ending, but we're left with the terrifying death of one of the boys and the other we're pretty much left to speculate.

There were some things I was a little disappointed with; meaning that I wish we had gotten more information in some spots. I desperately want to know more about Death-Cast and how they get their information, how they find out someone is going to die that day. It's such a wild concept. There is a part in the book where this one character we meet briefly explains a story she had been writing about something called Life-Cast, where when you find out you're going to die, you can go and find out when and where you're going to be reincarnated. Both the these concepts are interesting to me and I wish the author had more to offer when it came to them. Maybe a future book?

I couldn't stay disappointed for long; this is a character driven book and is all about reminding the reader that there is no life without death. Everyone has their own way of facing death, but whether you're prepared or not, you're going to face it eventually. It makes you question; what would you do with your last twenty four hours of life?

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