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Book Review: ‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera

Title: They Both Die At The End

Author: Adam Silvera

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster


I am a huge fan of Adam Silvera’s, he’s one of those auto-buy authors for me. When he releases a book, you’ll find me first in line.

On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torres and Rufus Emeterio to give them so 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.

‘ I’ve spent years living life safely to secure a longer life, and look where that’s gotten me. I’m at the finish line but I never ran the race.’

This was the first book I chose as part of my LGBT+ Pride Month Readathon. Where I only read books with main characters within the LGBT+ community.

Now I have to confess I’ve had this on my bookshelf for nearly two years. I’ve just always thought this book was going to be special so I wanted to wait for the right moment. And Pride Month was the perfect moment. I’m reading all queer books this month.

I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved. I don’t even know what to say apart from that. It’s a tricky book to review.

Well let’s start with premise. It’s genius, really genius. Such a clever idea! Even though it was set in the real world, it made it feel other worldly. And the fact this book takes place all in one day is amazing.

The characters, Rufus and Mateo are one of the best things (among many) about this novel. Their different personalities shine off the page, yet blend so well together. I was really rooting for them to get together. And it was so satisfying when they did.

When I realised this book was going to be set over a day, I was a bit worried things might become rushed. But I didn’t need to worry. This book in a less talented author could’ve been a problem, but Adam Silvera is such a master he makes it work. Everything happened naturally and the romance even felt like a slow burn.

Look, this books called ‘They Both Die At The End’ so I knew it was going to be heartbreaking. But did I expect heartbreak in the first 50 pages? No. They way both characters handle the news that they’re going to die today is natural, that’s why it’s so sad. As they deal with family and friends. Saying goodbye. Yet they meet each other and it’s gone this book an element of hope. I was even hoping they’d both survive.

This it little snippets (mini chapters?) of other people dealing with getting the call from death cast (the company that lets you know it’s your last day). These broke up the story in a nice way and the way they were all connected was genius.

This book is sad, heartbreaking. But it’s never depressing. It’s such a fine line and Adam balances it perfectly. The end may have made me shed a few tears ( I was full on ugly crying in the bath). Ugh, That ending. And it was a clever ending, there was some good foreshadowing.

Well, I don’t know if you can tell that I loved this book. I can’t recommend it enough. Read it! Give it to your friends and let them read it. I love it. I believe I used the word genius a lot in this review!

Until the next review


9 thoughts on “Book Review: ‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera”

  1. Great review Jack! This was my first Adam Silvera book and I was not expecting it to slam into my emotions so hard 😭I also thought how it showed the connections between the characters really cool! It gave me chills.


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