Goodreads Summary: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 Rating:5/5 Stars
After reading all three of the books that Adam Silvera has published as of yet, I can safely say that he is one of my favorite authors. He really understands human emotions better than any other author I’ve ever read and all of his books are guaranteed to tug at your heart strings. All of his books are very tough reads so you really have to be in the right head space but if you are able to read his books I highly recommend that you do. They’re all gems and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. ( also I’m lowkey terrified for his collab with Becky Albertalli. The queen of fluff writing with the king of angst??? it’s not gonna end well that’s for sure)
So I know that the book is literally called “They Both Die At The End” but I was kind of hoping that there would be some sort of twist where they don’t actually die but nope the title is very truthful. It’s a very interesting experience to read a book and grow to love the characters full well knowing what their fate will be. The entire book I was just bracing myself, waiting for the ax to fall. It was very nerve wrecking but I mean I wouldn’t expect anything less of Silvera. Going into it I was a little wary that knowing how it was going to end would hinder my enjoyment but I sill loved it with every fiber of my being. Rufus and Matteo are both precious cinnamon rolls and they deserve happiness and love and curse Silvera for hurting my beautiful children.
I absolutely love the concept of a world where you get a call when you’re going to die. It really made me think about what I would do if I lived in such a world and I honestly don’t know. On one hand I feel like it’d be nice to know if you’re going to die, but on the other hand it’s kind of terrifying. I really loved seeing how not only Rufus and Matteo dealt with this knowledge but also the people around them. This book is kind of like The Sun Is Also a Star in that though it’s primarily a dual perspective novel, we also have chapters that follow the perspective of people who Matteo and Rufus come across during their day. Honestly those chapters were some of the most emotional ones and I really liked seeing the different views of this world and the events in the book. I honestly would be super down for a sequel in the same world because I feel like there’s so much that could be explored.
As with any Silvera novel, the diversity is impeccable and is #ownvoices. Matteo is Puerto-Rican and gay while Rufus is Cuban and bisexual. I kind of guessed that a romance would be inevitable and while I really did love them separately, I honestly feel like the day wasn’t enough time for the chemistry to be properly established. I could definitely see myself loving it if it was given enough time but I’m just not the biggest fan of insta love.
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