I received a copy of this book from the publisher at HCC Frenzy Presents.
Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 and to live a lifetime in a single day.
They Both Die at the End is unlike anything I’ve read before. It is a story about living life to the fullest as it follows the last day of two new friends. The characters are both likeable, and the writing brings a lot to the book. Although I knew the ending right from the beginning, it still came as a bit of a shock.
This book is one of the most inventive books I’ve read. Basically, everyone gets a phone call on the day they are going to die. They don’t know how or when, just the date. Enter Mateo and Rufus, who meet through an app designed to help people find a friend to spend their last day with. The book follows their first and last day together and their developing relationship. I enjoyed the new technology in the book that almost has a sci-fi vibe to it and the inspiring message. I would definitely recommend this one, even if it is an emotional rollercoaster.
I loved the characters in They Both Die at the End. Mateo is such a sweetheart who is also overcoming social anxiety. He is determined to break out of his shell on his last day and live the rest of his life to the fullest. Throughout the book, I 100% supported Mateo, and his transformation is so heartwarming. Rufus is pretty much the opposite of Mateo, as he is a pretty reckless character. He does have a soft side, and he also changes a lot as the book progresses. I personally liked Mateo’s character more, but Rufus grew on me.
The writing in this book is also different. The story is told through multiple points of view, primarily Mateo’s and Rufus’s. However, every once in a while there is a chapter told from a side character’s perspective. I enjoyed characters such as the person from Death-Cast who calls Mateo and how they all connect to the main plot line. There is also a lot of suspense to the story since the reader knows that the main characters will die, but it is hard to predict how. The writing is filled with emotion and will definitely bring on some tears.
They Both Die at the End is a creative story about two people who meet on their last day of life. I enjoyed the characters and their complexity, especially compassionate Mateo. The writing is phenomenal as well, making the book even more moving.