They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

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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, NY : HarperTeen, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062457806
Branch Call Number: TEEN SIL
Teen fiction S PBK
Characteristics: 373 pages


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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. Also available as an audiobook and eBooks.

Spoiler alert! Knowing the ending of this story doesn't take away the heartbreak. Two teenagers spend the last day of their lives together in this alternate reality where everyone is told the day of their death.

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.

What would you do if you knew today was your last day alive? This speculative novel from Adam Silvera explores what it means to live knowing you're about to die.

Despite the title, this book is a very beautiful and hopeful examination of what makes life worth living.

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Apr 10, 2021

The dialogue was really unbearable and unnatural. This was the deal breaker for me on this story.

Concept of Death Cast could've went in a great direction but that wasn't the point of the story. I couldn't enjoy the pacing either. The book is dedicated to telling the story of a single day, so a lot of scenes are super stretched out.
It isn't as emotional as you'd expect either. Maybe because it was hard to connect to the characters w/ their unnatural voices (dialogue and their POV)

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 22, 2021

Mateo Torrez has been scared of taking risks his whole life. He’d rather be playing video games until 3 AM in his room than go out partying or hang out with friends. That is, until he gets the call from Death-Cast letting him know that he will be dying sometime that day. After losing his parents and sister in a car accident, Rufus Emeterio has spent 2 years in foster care, fooling around and getting up to no good with his best friends Tagoe, Malcolm, and Aimee, labelling themselves as the Plutos. While beating up his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend Peck, he also receives a call from Death-Cast telling him that he will be dying sometime that day.

SAPL_Teens Mar 22, 2021

They both die at the end is a young adult novel written by Adam Silvera about two teenage boys who are given some bad news, that they are both going to die within 24 hours. Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emetorio get a call from Death-Cast (a futuristic organization in charge of calling people and informing them that they’re going to die sometime in the next 24 hours). I found this novel very interesting since I knew that they were going to die, but I wanted to keep reading since I was curious to know how they would die. I enjoyed the writing style. It is written from a first person point of view, but it alternates between a couple of the characters. The journey before the emotional end, inspired me to live better, bigger, and enjoy every moment of my life (because you never know when your life will come to its end). This book discusses questions about life and death and what we would do if we know we are dying, or if it is better to be unaware. This book was an emotional rollercoaster and I enjoyed reading it ! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys futuristic coming of age novels. It includes suspense, strong friendships, first romances and hints to live your life to the fullest. I believe teens will enjoy reading this book :) 4/5 stars - SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Feb 26, 2021

This book hurt my feelings. Both characters are so lovable and form such an incredible relationship, and it really gets you thinking about living your life and making meaningful connections. Reading it after nearly a year of lockdown/pandemic is not advised!

Feb 25, 2021

Why is it so hard to accept reality plainly put in the tittle? This book needs to be read though and enduring Mateo and Rufus' last day with them was a really beautiful experience. Silvera doesn't disappoint!

Jan 20, 2021

The novel, They Both Die at the End, written by Adam Silvera, is an agonizingly tragic LGBTQ+ story set in a futuristic New York. However, one piece of new innovative technology, called DeathCast, becomes widely available to the general public, giving people foreboding insight into life’s most inevitable prospect, death. The company, DeathCast, calls people everywhere from 12 am-3am every day, letting them know that they will die within the next hours. However, DeathCast does not tell you your precise time of death -- you just know you could die anytime within this range.

This book poses an extremely thought-provoking question, “What would I have done if I knew I would die in the next 24 hours?” The two protagonists, Mateo and Rufus, are given the call, respectively. The two boys encounter each other through an online app, created to help “Deckers” (the term coined for those who have received the DeathCast call that day). Mateo and Rufus go through a roller coaster of adventures on their final day on Earth. Seeing the two main characters live out their lives to the fullest and eventually falling for each other was a beautifully romantic, albeit a little cheesy, storyline. The book is split up into chapters and each chapter focuses on the thoughts and feelings of each character, as well as side characters. The switching back and forth of narration is cliche, but Silvera writes in a way that captivates the reader. The fact that all the events took place in one single day is mind-blowing.

Overall, the novel They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is an amazing read! Simply spectacular, and I was left tearing up at the end of it. I would highly recommend this novel to ages 13+ (since there is profanity and more mature topics). The title provides a clear foreshadowing of what happens to the characters.

Jan 14, 2021

I've been meaning to read this book for a while, and I'm so glad I finally did - this story is insanely beautiful and made me realize the extent of our mortality. This novel explores friendship, love, mental health, and life and death.

Jan 12, 2021

They Both Die at the End is a book filled with roller coaster emotions. It follows the story of two boys, Mateo, and Rufus. They are both dying. They connect through this app to spend their last day alive with each other. Their relationship at the beginning starts off as strangers. That slowly turns into something more than that. I love how the author connects all these different people in the story. The ending is very abrupt, and I feel like the author could add some more detail. The author developed each character wonderfully with many details. Overall the book was hard to put down, and it ended up teaching me some life lessons.

They Both Die at the End has left me speechless. It was so realistic that you felt like you knew the main characters, like they were your personal friends. The author delivered the story in a way that made you appreciate life. Lessons were taught. Character growth was evident on every page. Even though the ending was soul crushing it was a great book and I would really recommend you read it ASAP!

Dec 21, 2020

‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera is a heartbreaking YA and LGBT novel about two teenage boys, Rufus and Mateo, as they spend their last day together. This story is set in New York City on September 5, 2017 (which is also the publication date for this book…. Yay, easter egg)! It starts off with DeathCast. The company who calls you to tell you that you’re gonna die within the next 24 hours. This doesn’t mean you have the whole 24 hours though. In fact, you could die within 5 seconds of that phone call and it would still count. (Fun, right)? Eventually Rufus and Mateo friend one another and then we follow them through the adventures of their last day. Mateo and Rufus have such complex backgrounds (which I won’t spoil for you…. you’re welcome) and reading through their day and watching the character development was enjoyable. It was also really interesting how the author was able to make it seem like you were reading about a lifetime when you were actually only reading about one day. This book is so good. Seriously. It’s amazing. It is a bit emotionally chaotic though. You’ll feel some new emotion every chapter. I couldn’t stop crying after reading this book. I found myself thinking about it for days after finishing the book. The POV's of the book are also really interesting. The author blends them together very subtly so it’s hard to notice at first read (unless I’m just oblivious). When I read the book again, it was so much fun to look through the chapters and put the pieces together. I felt like a detective or something. It was also really interesting to see how the author uses side characters to create a more complex storyline. Each of these side characters had their own lives and feelings. So if you think about it, for them, Rufus and Mateo were the side characters in their story. It reminded me of the butterfly effect, how one action sets off a domino effect for others. I will warn you though, if you have a faint heart, or if you can’t handle intense emotions. DON’T READ THIS BOOK. The amount of emotions that this book radiates is insane. Every page and every chapter brings on more emotions (most of it is sadness and hopelessness as you watch them live their final hours). The way the author wrote this book will make you get extremely attached to the characters. (I know it did for me). Whenever they were happy, I was happy. Whenever they realized that they were going to die today, I felt sad and helpless because I couldn’t help them. That’s actually something that I really liked about this book. Granted, It had me bawling my eyes out for days after reading it. In fact, I still think about it now. It’s one of those stories that’ll never really leave your mind. If this was a book review on Goodreads or something, I would give the book 5 stars. It truly deserves it. I said it before and I'll say it again, this book is amazing. If you can handle grief and are willing to be a depressed couch potato for a few days, go ahead and read this book. You won’t regret it. And if you end up reading this book before or on September 5, I guess you can celebrate Mateo and Rufus’ death day too.

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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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