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
0062457799
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 22 cm

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In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo and Rufus meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.


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maureenky
Jul 30, 2020

The concept of knowing the day you’ll die (albeit not exactly when) gives readers a good hook to explore what else Silvera has in store. We follow two perspectives, Mateo— a young guy who hasn’t gotten out much in the world and is determined to make the most of his Final Day despite the fact that he will be leaving his comatose father behind— and Rufus— someone who has already lost so much in life and doesn’t want to go out alone after his own circle of friends becomes unavailable due to the vindictive boyfriend of his ex.
We get to follow these two different characters as they spend their last day on Earth together, learning about their lives as they open up to one another.
What I love so much about it is the fact that the characters come more and more to life as the book progresses and that the final notes of the book hit on the cyclical nature of life and death.

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kath12
Jul 29, 2020

In a futuristic New York City, a company known as the Death-Cast calls Mateo and Rufus to let them know that they will die within the next 24 hours. Through the Last Friend app, Mateo and Rufus meet each other, hoping that they will be able to live a memorable End Day with a friend. They come from vastly different backgrounds and are haunted by their own regrets, but they share something in common—both of them are faced with the challenge of living an entire lifetime in a single day. It is up to them how they choose to live their last day to the fullest.

I enjoyed reading this book because the moments throughout the book felt very raw. It's heartbreaking when the audience learns that Mateo and Rufus have to die young. The boys both wish that they could've known that their lives would be cut short earlier but it's too late to turn back time; Death Cast has already called. Although author Adam Silvera hinted at the ending in the title of the book, I still found myself hoping that somehow Mateo and Rufus would be able to escape their horrid fates as I read the book. However, after finishing this book, my perspective changed and I realized that Mateo and Rufus's ending did not matter as much as their beautiful journey did.

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eugeneoh_0
Jul 01, 2020

“They Both Die At The End” follows two boys, Mateo and Rufus, on their journey during their last day on Earth. The story takes place in a futuristic society where a company called DeathCast is able to predict the day someone dies. The dreaded phone call reaches Mateo and Rufus, and an app called The Last Friend App connects them to one another.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly because of its title. It is a major spoiler, yes, but it made the inevitable clear. Knowing the ending of the book made me cherish the characters’ developments, experiences, and regrets. It was fascinating to see how much a person, although fictional, can grow in just a day.

Another thing I enjoyed was Mateo and Rufus’ interesting relationship. They are two very different people, with different principles and personalities. They both have regrets toward the lives they’ve led, but the regrets are contrasting: not being able to be a better, careful person, and not being able to be brave and live to the fullest. They help each other grow and become the people they always wanted to be, which is at the same time admirable and unfortunate because they were not able to meet and influence each other before it was too late.

The book can be seen as a pure love story, but at the same time, it’s a story about life and all the twisted ways it leaves people’s grasps. It molds fate into something beautiful, like the way Mateo and Rufus found each other and then reminds the reader that fate is a cruel, double-edged sword. I found myself wishing the title is not true, that somehow the characters will escape the promised future, although I knew deep down that that is impossible.

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NB_Books
Jun 30, 2020

One of the greatest books I've read in a long time. The way the story jumps from character to character uuuugh I love this entire cast, all their stories weave together so well

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EmilyWA82
Apr 21, 2020

Despite the ending being pretty clear, the story was engaging and I didn't want to put it down. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well-developed and I was very invested in their journeys. Highly recommend!

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Nova_Bell
Apr 14, 2020

Well the title did't lie. This was my first dive into Adam Silvera writing and I have to say I was very pleased. The story flowed really well with both characters perspectives and I found myself loving each chapter I read. The ending was a sad surprise, but I found suited the story well and left me wishing nothing else for each character in the circumstances.

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creativegirly123
Apr 02, 2020

I finished this book at 4:00 a.m. while sitting on my bathroom floor! This is definitely one of my top 5 books I’ve ever read, maybe even top 3! I think the character development is absolutely beautifully written, and the plot was just fantastic. The romance wasn’t forced like it is in some novels, and it all tied together. This book had me laughing and crying more times than I can count. It was an astoundingly great book and I’ve just finished crying my eyes out 10 minutes later lol. ( they were good tears though, the kind you get out of a good late night read ). I love how everyone’s point of view started to connect witch each other, It really put into perspective how a complete stranger can change someone’s life. Definitely worth the read!! a book similar to this one is What if Its Us.

loaiza Jan 25, 2020

Going into this, you already know what is going to happen, but the journey to get there is worth it. The moments created between the two main characters are colored by a variety of emotions—heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny, serious, silly—and those moments are incredible to experience through the eyes of these young souls. Despite the sensation of impending doom, this is a beautiful story about what it means to live.

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Suki_Skywalker
Dec 29, 2019

This was a beautifully written book, with an interesting storyline.
The two main characters didn’t mind being themselves and let their true selves shine🌹✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨

123missb Oct 07, 2019

I was completely gutted. Obviously I knew how the story ends, but there is so much heart, so much love in and between these characters, that it is very easy to get attached to them and losing them feels devastating. This novel was beautiful and heartbreaking.

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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

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night_shadow_8
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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