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.
They Both Die At The End is the first book that I have read by author Adam Silvera. This book has been severely hyped, but I was not disappointed. It’s both memorable and a page turner.
The story revolved around young adults Mateo and Rufus, who get a call from Death-Cast. Death-Cast is a company that informs people that they are scheduled to die that day. As you can tell, the title of the book serves as a kind of spoiler. Connected to the death call are aspects like a Last Friend app where you can find a friend on your end day and virtual reality experiences like skydiving. I thought this was an original and interesting concept. It’s something that could be conceivable in the future, useful even, but also slightly terrifying.
Mateo and Rufus meet through the Last Friend app and strike up a friendship. They spend their end day together as they each try to deal with their own issues, while also supporting each other every step of the way. Even though enough action happens in the book, I love that the story focuses heavily on emotions and feelings. For example, a big part of the story focuses on Mateo’s anxiety and how Rufus manages to coax him out of his comfort zone. Moreover, it focuses on how Rufus has come to terms with his past. It’s a morbid story, but there’s also plenty of positive vibes.
In addition, the book features diverse characters and Silvera’s writing is really good. It’s just the right amount of descriptive, he actually makes the characters sound like young adults and he manages to set the tone perfectly throughout the book. I did feel like the pacing was a bit off at times, especially towards the end, but for me the story concludes perfectly. As the title suggests they both die at the end (I refuse to see this is a spoiler). This happens in a way that I did not expect, but that connected perfectly to earlier moments in the book.
They Both Die At The End has an interesting concept, good writing and diverse characters. The story stayed in my thoughts for weeks after I finished reading.