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.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Four Stars – An emotional rollercoaster with profound intricacies throughout
They both die at the end… It literally says it in the title. That’s not a spoiler. I knew it would happen. And yet, I’m still shook.
I actually listened to the audiobook of They Both Die at the End and I highly recommend taking that route as well. Having separate narrators to play the parts of Rufus and Mateo made the story that much more impactful because it felt like they were telling me their stories in person.
Throughout the book, we get to see the full spectrum of their lives, not only in those last twenty-four hours but also glimpses of their past that help build the characters and get you attached to them. In addition, subtle overlaps and clues were placed throughout the story that emphasizes distinct events in a way that allows you to see not only what happens clearly, but also why each intricate part occurs.
I enjoyed seeing the development of Rufus and Mateo and how spending their last living day together helps bring them out of their shells and revel in the blessing of knowing each other, even if just for a day. However, because much of the book was dedicated to developing each character, I didn’t get to see much adventure happen which is what I expected to see in reading about two guys only having twenty-four hours to live.
Another problem I had with this book was the way they die at the end. Not so spoiler alert, they both die at the end. But after getting connected to them throughout, witnessing their stories unfold, I found their deaths very disappointing and anti-climactic. They could have gone out in blaze of glory together, holding each other in their arms, but instead, their deaths were just dumb.
In all, I did thoroughly enjoy They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, and decided to give it four stars. It was an emotional rollercoaster with profound intricacies throughout. You don’t read this book to know what happens at the end, you read this book to experience the story of how it got there, and I think that’s incredibly unique.