They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Book - 2017
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In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062457790
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 22 cm


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KateHillier Mar 16, 2018

You're told right in the title how this ends but you can't stop yourself from hoping. Mateo and Rufus each get the dreaded phone call from Death Cast, a company in this alternate 2017 New York, telling them that they will die some time in the next 24 hours. They don't know exactly when or how but they are both only 18.

Mateo likes to stay home, his dad is in the hospital in a coma, and his best friend is his neighbour and her young daughter. Rufus is in foster care and is beating the man his girlfriend left him for when he gets his call. Mateo and Rufus find each other through an app called Last Friend, an app that gives people who are due to die a friend. The two of them meet and get a lot of living done in the time they have left.

It is a great idea, a great story, romantic, heartbreaking, life affirming, and all those fun things. The way this knowledge of your own death day is worked in so very well and isn't explained to death or shoehorned. I should have expected this sort of bittersweet awesomeness from the author of More Happy Than Not but it was still lovely. And the end still got me

Feb 20, 2018

I read it in three days, couldn't put it down 'cause the characters and the story are just. so. nice! but...I still didn't want them to die

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 15, 2018

Today is the last living day for Mateo and Rufus. They don't know when exactly they'll die in the twenty-four hours or how but he does know that it is certain that he won't live any longer than that. This book might very possibly make you weep if you get attached and you'll be kept up late wanting to know how it ends. I loved the plot and flow of this story and I was pleasantly surprised as well with the great secondary characters. There's a great deal of connection in the book that happens in ways you didn't imagine until it happens and I was really happy with it. Of course, the ending still ruined me just like everyone else because we were prepared for heartache and shock but then again we really weren't because we all expected it to go another way deep down but it does warn you, they both die at the end.

Jan 04, 2018

This book is fantastic! I read it in two days. I loved the characters. This book will make you think about life and be happy and sad at the same time. Great read !!!!!!!!

JCLChrisK Dec 13, 2017

What would you do if you found out you were about to die?

There's an app currently available called WeCroak. From it's website: "Find happiness by contemplating your mortality with the WeCroak app. Each day, we’ll send you five invitations at randomized times to stop and think about death. It’s based on a Bhutanese folk saying that to be a happy person one must contemplate death five times daily."

Of course, that's only contemplating the possibility of distant death. What about the certainty of imminent death? An app, say, that notifies you, "Today is the day. You have less than 24 hours to live."

That's the case in this book. A service exists that phones people shortly after midnight on the date of their deaths. No more information than that, just sometime before the next midnight they are going to die. It is always correct. There is no avoiding it.

Mateo and Rufus each receive the call on September 5, 2017. Today is the day. Now they have to figure out how they will spend the short time remaining to each of them. How or if they will say goodbye. How or if they will grieve. What experiences they want to sneak in before it is too late. If they will interact with the industry that has formed around this knowledge--apps, services, and business for "Deckers" like themselves.

The two young men (ages 17 and 18) take turns narrating their stories, along with a mix of others they encounter during their day. They have distinct personalities, voices, and approaches. And it's not a spoiler to say they meet each other through an app called Last Friend, becoming each other's "last friends." Together, they try to live a lifetime in a single day.

This is a thoughtful, moving, and, given the title spoils the ending, surprisingly tense and suspenseful book. A very worthwhile read.

Dec 10, 2017

This book had a fresh idea that was executed in a chilling manner. You could really relate to the feelings your characters were displaying, and I found myself worrying about them when I wasn’t even reading the book. The paranoia experienced by the characters, knowing that they are going to die, is very eye opening as to how everyday things are dangerous. The character diversity in this book is phenomenal, and the concept of the world they are living in is not hard to process. I also particularly liked how the book was separated into parts which were accompanied with a relating quote. However, it was a bit difficult to get invested in and took a good 100 pages to really begin caring for the storyline and characters’ well being. Rating: 4/5
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

samcmar Nov 06, 2017

I read this book in two long sittings. I was glued to the pages and intrigued by the concept of The Last Friend app and Death-Cast calls. The idea of having a phone call tell you that it's your last day to live is utterly terrifying, but also a bizarre motivator to attempt to live your last day to the fullest. Silvera pulls no punches with this story -- it's emotional, it's raw, and it's going to hurt like hell.

As the title suggests, Mateo and Rufus are going to die at the end of the story. The problem with this is that Silvera makes you fall deeply in love with both boys so that when this happens it rips your heart out and the belief in love is destroyed. You never truly feel ready for the impact of the end of this book and that's probably why it works so well. There's moments where Silvera tries to fake out the reader in when the boys are going to die and it just pulls at the heartstrings.

I loved Mateo and Rufus. Mateo's anxiety, his father being in a coma, and his fears of leaving the world without real accomplishment was something I truly could empathize with. He doesn't hold himself in high regard, but once he meets Rufus you see Mateo come out of his shell, even if it almost feels like it's too late. As for Rufus, he's a character that understands the kinds of wrong-doings he's committed, and you get a large sense that he wants to atone for past action and strive to be someone better... even if he only gets a day to do it. In a lot of ways that's why this story works so well is you're seeing all these positive changes in these characters, but you know that this is all brought down because it's their last day to be alive.

I even liked the side characters, especially Aimee and Lidia. I feel like they added a lot of characterization to both Mateo and Rufus. I also liked the little vignettes of other people in the story either receiving the call or not and how that affects their day or last day for that matter. They are cleverly done and just as punch as the main story.

And it hurts so much. I cried, I was angry, I felt tired after finishing this book because my feelings were all over the place. They Both Die at the End was a heavy, emotional read for me, but it was one I flew through because I found myself connecting so deeply with the story and it's characters. There is no right headspace for reading this book, just remember that the title rings true and that you're going to need a lot of tissues to get through this one.

Oct 23, 2017

2.5 stars. I'm not sure what this was but it definitely did not read like an Adam Silvera book. I felt it lacked the deep, emotional, crush-your-heart-into-one-million pieces feeling that I felt with "History is All You Left Me".

Two teenagers, Mateo and Rufus are going to die sometime within the next 24 hours so they download an app called "The Last Friend" and connect with each other. The middle 250 pages of the book follows Mateo and Rufus as they go about their last hours on Earth and do things they've always wanted to do. Which, isn't much of anything. To be honest, if I was told I had 24 hours to live I would try and live the last of my time to the best of my abilities, but these two weren't full of excitement or adventurous, the story just dragged along and it felt like a long commute to the office on a Monday morning. I just wanted more. Loving Silvera's previous work made me expect more. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who wasn't already a fan of Silvera's work. Read "History Is All You Left Me" instead.

Oct 21, 2017

I enjoyed the characters but my main issue was the Science and the Death Cast thing. A great contemporary story but just lose the science.

Oct 07, 2017

A good enough read, but it'd not as good as Silvera's previous work. The biggest flaw is the novel feels bloated with side characters that have nothing to do (or as nothing to) the story. If you do some editing and just skip all the chapters that aren't about the two main characters it reads well. But the main characters lack the depth of those found in More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me.


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