On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some 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 and to live a lifetime in a single day.
About two months after reading Adam Silvera’s History is All You Left Me, I have come across the conclusion that I’ll love whatever it is that he’s written. Adam’s writing style hits all the right spots, and both History and this one made me cry.
Told in multiple POVs (like how Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star was written), Rufus and Mateo’s story unfold as they spend time together on their Last Day. It was really interesting to see how their story was narrated through different voices, each one having significant contributions to the story, and the lessons left to be picked up by the readers. I really love the concept of this novel, from the concept of Death-Cast to Last Friend, everything was well crafted as I see it. The title says it all but still, how everything happened left a gaping hole in my heart.
You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.”
Mateo and Rufus easily complement each other’s personalities and it was easy to love them. Mateo is such a precious cinnamon roll, while Rufus seems to love trouble but will definitely have your back. It’s also worth noting the diversity weaved into this book. Mateo is Puerto Rican, while Rufus identifies as a bisexual.
To be frank, I feel like I haven’t milked my brain yet for more things to say about this book. All I know is that it’s a great one. This book proved that Adam Silvera should be one of my auto-buy authors. I was actually tempted to read More Happy Than Not after reading this one because I wanted more, but I couldn’t handle the fact that it would bring me to tears again, surely.
With unexpected life lessons and characters that resonate well, They Both Die At The End will surely make its way into your hearts. Silvera has a way with his words, which flows smoothly, it’ll pull you inside his stories in no time. If you haven’t picked up any of his books, I would definitely recommend you to do so!