They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the EndTitle: They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Series: Death-Cast #1

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Genre: YA, LGBT Romanca

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Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

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—to live a lifetime in a single day.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I have to thank Jonny for recommending this book as our next buddy read. He actually suggested several but I had already read 2 of them and the other one I couldn’t get. It may have not been the first choice but in the end I am so glad we went with this one because we both loved it and I am kicking myself for putting off reading this one for so long. 

The title of this book is a complete spoiler so we know going into it that both of the main characters are going to die in the end we just don’t know what their journey to death is going to be like. I loved both Mateo and Rufus. They went from strangers to friends to being in love all within a day which is very insta lovey but it totally worked and was very believable. Was their love real or was it manifested just because they were dying? Who knows and honestly who cares I loved them so much. 

This is an own voices book. Mateo is a gay Puerto Rican and Rufus is a bisexual Cuban plus Mateo has severe anxiety so there’s lots of representation in this book and I think it was portrayed very well. 

I only had 2 complaints about this book. While the majority of this book is from Rufus and Mateo’s POV there are POVs from several other characters as well most of which play small parts in the overall story. I would have preferred to have it all be from their perspective because honestly I just wanted more of them. The other complaint is that it ended abruptly and while the way one of them dies is implied I would have liked his death to have had a little more page time. I feel like he deserved that. 

I really enjoyed this book and again I don’t know why I waited so long to read it because it’s truly a great book. I will for sure be reading the next book in the series and hopefully I will get to it sooner rather than later. 


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