Title: They Both Die at the End Author: Adam Silvera Publisher: Simon and Schuster Published: September 7th 2017 Pages: 304 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, Waterstones
Summary: When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression.
Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run.
Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love…
This is one of the hardest reviews I’ve had to write in a long time because They Both Die at the End is probably my favourite book of 2017 and I am trying to convey my thoughts well enough without over-hyping the book to everyone. I want everyone to read this book because it is fantastic and deserves to be shared with the world, but I also don’t want people to dislike it because their expectations were too high. I’m trying to perfectly find that middle ground so this review may seem a little impersonal but trust me guys, this book blew me away and is honestly one of my absolute favourite books I have ever read. I just don’t want you to be disappointed!
They Both Die at The End is a rollarcoaster of a read. From the title alone, you know the premise of the book. They both die at the end. But the reason why and the when is a mystery and what happens before is what really makes this book incredible. The idea of this book is that you are told early on in the morning that you are going to die that day, thus allowing you to spend one last day truly living. This is what Mateo and Rufus do. They find each other out, they become friends, and they have a whirlwind of a last day together. They both do things they had never done before. They learn about each other and become close. It is a wonderful, fantastic story that leaves little hints throughout the book too. Until it’s all over at the end.
This premise could make the book morbid. After all, why would you read a book where you know the ending is death. But honestly, this just makes the book bittersweet and that much more perfect. You and the main protagonists are aware that this is it, this is all they have left. So it allows them to do things they never would have done. This made my heart feel fuller, it made me feel more deeply and in a way, just made it all that more emotional from the very first page. But it isn’t until the end, until you’ve read their journey’s and seen their last day together that the impact really hits. I was an absolute mess, not gonna lie.
All in all, this book was an exceptional read. It is character-driven with two incredible and unique characters that work so well together – but only really because of what happens to them – and it really makes you think too. It’s heart-warming and heart-breaking all at the same time. It is also an intense, edge of your seat read as you have no idea when they’re going to die, thus adding tension and friction as you continue to turn the page. It’s addictive, fast-paced and just so, so charming. I honestly fell so far in love with this book that I do not think my review will ever do it justice. So all I really can say is that if you’re looking for a book to love, then make sure you pick this one up!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **