They Both Die at the End Introduction:
They Both Die at the End” is a great novel with some of the best themes I have ever encountered in a novel. It captures the whirlwind of emotions a person experiences during a harsh and life-changing time. Silvera introduces two main characters – Mateo and Rufus. Mateo is a shy 18-year-old introverted kid, while Rufus is a 17-year-old foster kid and orphan. They both find out that they are going to die within the next 24 hours according to “Death-Cast,” which is a spooky service that lets you know if you’re dying today.
The author uses this service as more than a mere eye-catcher- it shows how society has morphed around knowing if you’re going to die and the pool of emotions as a result of it. Through Death-Cast, the reader sees how death is such an integral part of mankind. Throughout the novel, the two boys try to make the most out of their last day on Earth. The book evokes the realization of human mortality and shows it in a whole new light. Death isn’t something to ruin your future, put you under pressure, or dampen your spirits; it’s a way to fix what was broken, to make the most out of what’s left. One of the main things about this novel is how it views death in a new light. It helps you get up and do more than just imagine your future, but create it. One of my favorite quotes from the book was, “Maybe it’s better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.” The transformation in both Rufus and Mateo shows how impactful it can be to live your life, not just sit down watching time go by. It’s about taking risks and living up to those risks – it’s what life is about. The book explores how love doesn’t need ages to grow, but experiences.
This novel definitely earns its title in The New York Times Bestselling List. A great book can be defined as one that makes an impact and an important lesson for the future. Silvera’s book does just that. It captivates some of this world’s greatest themes of love, friendship, and leaving something better behind. We can’t control when or how death comes to us, but we can control how we choose to live until then. A definitive 5-star job.
Heartbreaking and beautiful:
This book broke me, I just want to make that very clear before I get into the rest of this review. I don’t know why I thought reading a book where the main characters die would be easier because their death is promised in the title, it definitely isn’t.
Mateo lives a quiet life, too afraid of stepping out of his comfort zone to have done much living when he gets the call saying he’s going to die. With his father in a coma and his best friend being a single mum to his goddaughter, Mateo feels alone and turns to Last Friend in the hope of finding someone to help him live his life in twenty-four hours.
Rufus, on the other hand, lives the opposite of a quiet life, we meet him in the middle of beating up his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend and then he gets the call. It isn’t the way Rufus saw things going, he’d already lost his parents and older sister to the Death-Cast, and now it was his turn. As events unfold Rufus finds himself on the run from the police and separated from his friends, so Rufus also finds himself on Last Friend.
“No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.”
I was really intrigued by the idea of Death-Cast, is life better when you know that you’ll get a call on your End Day? Does it eliminate fear and encourage you to make the most of life? For Mateo it didn’t, he spent his days indoors playing video games and following the last moments of others who got the call. Rufus says that it doesn’t matter and that he and Mateo just need to accept what is happening and live.
“…I think you should post your life in color.”
Rufus and Mateo share their final hours together through Rufus’ Instagram (so Gen Z, so relatable), sharing new experiences, getting to know each other, and living as full a life as you possibly can in a day. For such an upsetting book there were some really touching moments that I don’t want to ruin for any potential readers, but Mateo and his lego house made me very warm and fuzzy.
“Twelve hours ago I received the phone call telling me I’m going to die today, and I’m more alive now than I was then.”
Throughout the book, there are stories from other characters, one of those characters is Deidre Clayton, who goes through a tough time dealing with the whole premise of the Death-Cast and has suicidal thoughts because of it. Honestly, one of my first thoughts about the subject, when I read about it, was how could anyone deal with the knowledge that one day their phone will ring and there’s nothing you can do to change things? In life you like to think that death can be avoided, if you get in an accident you could be helped, and you can get treatment for illness and get better. The call is an unavoidable death sentence, and that’s scary.
“You can’t go around telling people you wanna be a tree and expect them to take you seriously.”
Something I really liked about the book is the different conversations and opinions about the afterlife. For someone who is afraid of death, yes that’s me -and I’m reading a book about so much death, it was really comforting for me to think about what could happen after death, some things I’ve never thought about. Death is so uncertain and there’s no way to ever know what really happens, so we can choose to believe whatever we want if it helps us to navigate the world. It does help, or at least it does for me.
“I will make it so easy for you to find me. Neon signs. Marching bands.”
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Mateo and Rufus really were the most perfect characters to lead me through this story. Of course, it’s a curse that they didn’t meet sooner but the time they did have together was made so special by their willingness to go all out and just be themselves. The two of them lived out what would have been months of a new friendship, in a single day, and it was beautiful.
I could go on and on about this book, there are characters I haven’t covered who are amazing but I want to leave something for anyone reading this who is going to pick up the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA/LGBTQ+ reads, obviously there are some sensitive topics in this book so please read at your own discretion and do so in the comfort of your own home with a partner or pet or stuffed animal nearby for all the cuddles -you’re going to need a lot.
They Both Die at the End PDF Online Readers Reviews:
A. Nicole House
“I’ve seen tons of reviews about this being a guy wrenching story, people posting pictures of themselves crying when they finished and I put off reading it for a long time because I wasn’t sure I could handle the heartbreak. I’m glad I finally took the plunge and gave it a shot. It was a beautiful story of two people living their last day to the fullest. I didn’t sob like I expected to, maybe because I was prepared for it, I mean the title tells us everything we need to know after all, but I shed a couple quiet tears for what could have been and ended with a smile on my face, contemplating what book I should try next from Adam Silvera.”
“I don’t care what people say about this book. It’s great. Even made me cry. I felt at times like I was in the story with Rufus and Mateo. And I love the queer representation in it. Love it, love it, love it.”
“The book was well written and Adam Silvera put so much raw emotion into this book and characters. I love the way that all the background characters have there own moments. The moral of the story is a good one to be learned. Overall, 5 stars, would recommend”
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