Book Review | They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I went into this book knowing how it would end. For some reason, I kept holding on to the hope that it wouldn’t happen and was still surprised when it did happen. Adam Silvera absolutely destroyed me with this book and now I have to go read everything he has ever written.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

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—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Silvera’s Writing

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt the need to really dissect a person’s writing, but I loved the writing in this too much to wait to talk about it. Adam Silvera somehow manages to voice two entirely different characters in this book beautifully. You know what, strike that. He manages to voice every single character in this book differently and I’m so impressed by the use of these different voices. Honestly, I don’t know how someone manages to perfectly voice multiple characters without them sounding the same, but this guy has got that down.

I would have known who was speaking through the multiple viewpoints without the name headings at the top of each chapter. He’s that talented. Look, I’m just saying THIS is what I envy about writers – the ability to produce characters who don’t all sound exactly the same.

Lovable Main Characters

Rufus and Mateo are seriously two of the most lovable characters I’ve read in a long time. Even though Rufus is a little rough around the edges when we meet him, when he links up with Mateo, I just fell in love with both of them. Seriously, I think the reason I held out hope that Death Cast called them by mistake because they were so lovable.

Mateo is a super nice guy – the kind of person I want my sons to be. I really appreciated the nods back to Mateo’s acts of kindness throughout this book. It made his kindness feel more authentic in a way. And I really loved Rufus’ genuine love for his friends. I enjoyed reading about how much Roof loves his friends as much as I enjoyed how kind Mateo was.

General Thoughts

Overall, I couldn’t put this book down. I mean, I had to, but I didn’t want to. It is so good at reminding readers of the importance of living. I’m very much like Mateo – introverted, shy, and would rather stay at home all day with my books, but this book left me wanting to live like Rufus – boldly. That’s the main theme behind the story – to live boldly. And it’s exactly what I needed to pull me out of a slight slump I’ve been feeling.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Let’s chat!

What book reminded you that it’s important to live life to the fullest? What’s your favorite Adam Silvera book? If you could ask these characters anything – what would it be? Let’s chat in the comments.

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Brittany Andrade View All →

lover of literature. librarian in training.

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