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They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End is a young adult fiction by Adam Silvera. It was first published in 2017 by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd. It is the story of two teen boys Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio living their End Day.

In the world of 'They Both Die at the End" a company called Death-Cast calls people at the midnight of their dying day to tell them they are about to die within the next 24 hours. On September 5th among many people, Mateo and Rufus are two boys who receive the phone call. Being all alone on their last day, they plan on looking for somebody to spend the day with. An app called Last Friend helps such people and it is through this app that Mateo and Rufus are going to meet. Though they are complete strangers, their last day has a lifetime worth of adventures in store for them.

Mateo is a person who keeps to himself, doesn't go out, and has only one friend. Rufus is the complete opposite of Mateo. Rufus is outdoorsy, has a tight circle of friends, and also had a girlfriend. Sounds familiar right? A shy boy and a not-so-shy boy meet, get to know each other, and eventually, fall in love. What makes this story more than this is the knowledge that both of them are going to die by the end of the day. Every step they take comes with the warning that it could be the last thing they do. That there won't be a happily ever after and that this is the End. This fear is what makes the book different and great. The writing is so beautiful and smooth that from the beginning I got invested in the story and its characters. It felt that both of the main characters are curated with thought and delicacy, and so well written - their background stories, their characteristics, everything touched my heart. I started rooting for these two and wished for some miracle that by the end none of them dies, at least not to let one die before the other. That's what this book does to its readers. It has the power to wreck you emotionally.

Besides Mateo and Rufus, there are some small characters, people who got the phone call and some who make the phone calls. This story is not just about Mateo and Rufus, this story is about all those people who got the call, whose family members got the call, and have to spend an entire day fearing they will be snatched away from their loved ones any minute and they choose to spend it. They Both Die at the End is filled with beautiful moments. Moments that define who they are, moments that change them from within, moments that change the way they look into life. It is one of those books which can be read in one go. It is warm, simple, full of life yet talks about death, it is heart-breaking, in short, it is unputdownable.

Everyone irrespective of their preferred genre should read it at least once. A beautiful tale of Life, Love, and Death. Keep Reading

“I kiss the guy who brought me to life on the day we’re going to die.”

Adam Silvera, They Both Die at the End


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