They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Book - 2017 | First edition
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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
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Sil
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 12, 2021

This novel has a most interesting concept. On the day that one is scheduled to die, one receives a call at midnight from DeathCast telling you that sometime in the next 24 hours you will pass away.

There is also an app called Last Friends which is how Mateo & Rufus meet and spend the day together. Mateo is 18; Rufus 17.

It's a totally heartwarming story of finding a true friend. I loved it.

I hope such a world never comes to pass as I wouldn't like to know which day is my last. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.

Jun 09, 2021

They Both Die in the End is a book by Adam Silvera following the lives of two “Deckers”, Mateo and Rufus, on their Last Day. Deckers were people who had only one day left before they died. They’d get a call from an organization called Death-Cast at midnight informing them they had less than one day left to live. Deckers often tried to spend their last day on Earth the way they wanted to. They Both Die in the End follows Mateo and Rufus’s Last Day as they try to do as much as possible before Death gets to them (which, spoiler, it does). I find this book really interesting as it gives insight into what truly matters before dying and what you would have regretted not doing while on your deathbed. I would recommend this book to any teen who enjoys speculative fiction, above the age of 13.

Jun 04, 2021

Imagine a world where you get a call at midnight on the day before you die. A warning. A motivation. You have one last day to make life count. What do you do? Mateo and Rufus face this decision in They Both Die At The End when they both get a call on the same night. They connect online and decide to spend their final day with each other, doing all the things they always wished they could. Together, they discover what life means and what they mean to each other. This story is poignant, tear-jerking, and keeps you thinking long after the book has finished. It makes the reader question what is really important in life and how to make the most of it, and you get sucked in right along with the characters on their last 24-hour (or less) journey
I recommend book for ages 12+ and rate it 5/5 stars.

Jun 02, 2021

This book is so endearing and heartbreaking at the same time. I cried so much because of how well written the characters are. I 10/10 would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Jun 02, 2021

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is YA (young adult) standalone which follows two boys after they find out they only have one more day to live. The main characters, Mateo and Rufus, are complete strangers with very different personalities - Mateo is reserved and shy, while Rufus is outgoing and bold. They only have one similarity - they both got a Death-Cast call which told them they were going to die the next day. They both decide they want to make a new friend on their last day, so they both apply for the app, Last Friend, and through it, they meet each other. Rufus and Mateo choose to meet up to live their last day together and try to have a lifetime of experiences and fun in one day. This book is a really quick and easy read, and I did enjoy it. The LGBTQ+ representation was good, and I really liked the romance in this story. It was cute, yet heartbreaking at the same time because we knew the future that would await them. However, I disliked a few things about it. The book is written from the POV (point of view) of many different characters, and I liked reading the narrative of Mateo and Rufus’ close friends and how they felt about the situation, but I think some of the characters’ POVs were unnecessary. These chapters were a bit boring, but besides that, I think the rest of the story was pretty interesting. Another thing I didn’t really like about the book was the ending. As we all know by the title, Mateo and Rufus are going to die by the end of the book, but we just don’t know how. However, the ending for these two was very different than I had hoped and let me down. I had expected to cry at the end of the book; I did feel sad, but I just felt let down that it ended the way it did. The book was a whole rollercoaster of thrills for the reader, as they didn’t know when or how these two were going to die, especially because there were numerous occasions where it could have happened. As a whole, I would recommend this book for anyone, 12 and up, if they want a fast and easy read, filled with bittersweet romance.

May 26, 2021

i really enjoyed reading this book, it was a quick, easy read that constantly left you wondering what was going to happen next. it has a simplistic contemporary writing style, and i enjoyed the commentary from side characters from their point of view and how it tied them into the story. you constantly feel on edge waiting for something destructive to happen and on many occasions something does. 3.5 stars because there were a couple plot holes towards the end that i can’t mention without spoiling; i also wish the author outside of character commentary would have given some more insight into this somewhat “sci-fi” reality in which death cast exists & the “why” behind it- even if it’s unknown to the characters. i also just didn’t emotionally connect to the story as much as so many have. i was expecting to ball my eyes out at the end, and while the ending wasn’t exactly what i expected, i was more angry at the outcome than sad.

May 22, 2021

I literally Just got news from IMD that this book is Right now being made into a Movie!!!! 🤯😲😢😜🤗

May 04, 2021

I think the idea and the whole point of the book was good. the last part of the book was great ish. but it is overrated. and i did not cry like i expected

Apr 29, 2021

So I did not think this book was as great as everyone says it is. I would say that it was definitely overrated. Yes the plot and overall idea of the story was great and it had a lot of great adventures but i dont know what happened but I was disappointed at how over hyped it was. The end of the book was the best part of the book, I was expecting to cry at the end but I did not :(( It was sad but not as sad as some other books. I think that different people would have different thoughts and feelings about this book so im not gonna have a say if I recommend it or not. I would say if you want to read it go for it but I just would not keep my hopes up. From this book, I did learn that you need to always live your day like never before.You have to do things not lave them for later or tomorrow. Later is never promised, things can happen and an example of this would be the book.

Apr 25, 2021

They both die at the end follows the journey of Mateo and Rufus upon receiving their call from death cast informing them that will die in the next 24 hours. Truly a one of a kind novel. One of if not my favorite books. Silvera has a way with sculpting characters with interesting backgrounds that feel like your best friends. This was a book that I had trouble putting down. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger that leaves you curious of what is to come. There are plot twists at every corner. You truly feel as if you are a friend of the characters.
Truly one of my favorite novels. Then storyline and writing style are both very beautiful and what I would consider a light hearted read. I look forward to seeing what Silvera may add to this deathcast universe.

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Feb 21, 2021

But no matter what choices we make - solo or together - our finish line remains the same … No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.

Feb 21, 2021

Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.

Aug 15, 2020

"When someone puts their journey out there for you to watch, you pay attention - even if you know they'll die at the end."

Sep 27, 2019

"Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs." -Adam Silvera

Sep 27, 2019

"Sometimes the truth is a secret you're keeping from yourself because living a lie is easier." -Adam Silvera


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