Book review: They Both Die at the End

Aug 16, 201822 comments

What would do if you get to know you have about 24 hours before you die? Would you make your peace with it and get on with it? Would you amend your ways and be the best version of yourself? 

Set in the near dystopian future, a company is capable of forecasting one’s death. I know the whole thought of learning about death beforehand is creepy and too much for me. Read ahead to see how They Both Die at the End turned out to be.

They both at the end

Book Name: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Fiction – Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT
Characters: Mateo Torrez, Rufus Emeterio, Lidia Vargas, Aimee Dubois, Tagoe Hayes, Malcolm Anthony
Setting: New York, The USA

Mateo is an introvert and is worried about everything he never got to do in this life. Mateo decides that he will stay inside his house after saying his final good bye to his comatosed father. Rufus Emeterio is reckless and a survivor. He has a long list of people to say goodbye to but these things are never easy.

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio have almost nothing common between them except that they both are going to die sometime during the following day. They have received the calls from the dreaded Deckers informing him of their imminent deaths, thanks to the Deathcasters.

They meet each other through an app called “Last Friend”, designed especially to help meeting of people who have received their ‘End Day’ calls from the Deckers. Together they seek their respective closures and bare their souls before they could say the final good bye. Yes, they both die at the end (at this point, it is not a spoiler, it is the freaking title!).

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Adam Silvera’s writing style is full of witty dialogues and more than everything, his YA characters talk like one. They don’t launch into lengthy monologues about nerdy things (I am looking at John Green’s teens). I loved the linear story arc and the alternate POVs worked so well.

They Both Die at the End is the first book of Adam Silvera I have read and I should say everything I have heard about his books is true. They are fun, hardly depressing (even though it talks about death – a lot), and has the right amount of heart break (dude, They Both Die at the End). And I will definitely not shy away from reading his books hereon.

22 Comments

  1. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Teens in books do launch into a lot of lengthy monologues, right? Good to hear his teens are realistic 🙂 I think this one might be a little too heartbreaking for me, but great review!

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    • Gayathri

      I hate when teens talk too much, especially unrealistically too.

      Reply
  2. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    The best thing is that Adam Silvera is just an absolutely delightful person too. I’ve gotten to meet him a few times and see him speak (he sat at my table all day at my first YA Fest). He’s just so incredibly genuine and hilarious and humble. I love him!!

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    • Gayathri

      Wow, that is great to hear. I am so happy that you got to meet him. I would have freaked out about meeting someone as famous as him.

      Reply
  3. Whispering Stories

    I have heard a lot about this book, all good. Great review.

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    • Gayathri

      Yes good reviews made me pick this one.

      Reply
    • Gayathri

      The book is a fun read. Try it out.

      Reply
  4. Karla Strand

    I have heard a lot about this one – thanks for your thoughts!

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    • Gayathri

      Glad you liked it.

      Reply
  5. stormi

    The title alone would have me interested in buying this one, but your review has made it a must read!

    Reply
    • Gayathri

      I promise it is worth it.

      Reply
  6. Tasha

    This is on my TBR. Not my usual taste, but it appeals to me. Brilliant review.

    Reply
    • Gayathri

      It is worth a read for sure.

      Reply
  7. DJ Sakata

    This author is new to me – thanx for the excellent review

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    • Gayathri

      This was my first time with the author too.

      Reply
  8. Terri A. Wilson

    That title is kinda funny. I like it and seriously want to get it just based on the title. On a totally different note, I keep meaning to ask you how the Bullet Journaling is going? I’ve pretty much just settled on Google for my stuff because it’s too easy to have it all on my phone, but some days I miss writing things down.

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    • Gayathri

      I did the same, ie, I picked it up based on the title only. I am so depended on the Google sheets and Wunderlist that I can’t put anything on paper and pen.

      Reply
  9. Andreea

    I got this book too but I have yet to read it – although I really want to now after reading your reviews! Heard so many great things about Adam Silvera and I am really excited to read his writing too!

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    • Gayathri

      Yes Adam Silvera is quite popular and worth the hype. You should definitely try that.

      Reply
  10. Jenn @ Bound to Writing

    I SO need to read an Adam Silvera book! I’ve only heard amazing things about his books and I really need to take the plunge. This sounds like a really sweet book even if they both die at the end. Fantastic review Gayathri! 🙂

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    • Gayathri

      I regret putting off reading it for so long. You should jump at it soon.

      Reply

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