Review: Adam Silvera – They Both Die At The End

In the fall of last year, Adam Silvera released his new book, They Both Die At The End. However, this book was not really on my TBR at the time. I found it on Storytel back in December and after reading the synopsis, I decided that I wanted to read it. Little did I know that the Dutch translation was already on its way, it will be in stores on April 26. But, is this book worthy of buying?

Book details

Title: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publish date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 9780062457790
Number of pages: 368

Book description

It is September 5, a little after midnight. Both teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio receive a call from Death-Cast telling them they will both die today. Both teenagers live in very different worlds. On one hand there is Mateo, only child of a single dad. He is a shy kid and is afraid to really live. On the other hand there is Rufus, who is living in foster care and is surrounded by an inner circle of friends. However, the boys connect with each through an app called “the last friend” and that’s when the adventure starts. We all know how this will end: they both die at the end. But in the meantime, will both Mateo and Rufus succeed in living and making their last day count?

Reading experience

I’m not shy to admit that I had some trouble getting into the story. I was a little confused by the lives of Mateo and Rufus and what was all happening. I listened to the audiobook and both guys got a different narrator which is pretty good in my opinion. Besides, there is a third narrator who tells the story from the other people’s point of view, because it’s not just Mateo and Rufus.
After a little while, the story got to me and putting the book down was quite hard. You witness a development in both Mateo and Rufus and that was really nice to see. It was cute, happy and sad, all at the same time. We get to learn more about the background of the boys and we get to know why they are who they are.
Obviously, there was one big, important question on my mind this entire read. How will they die? Will they die together? Will it be tragic? Will it be peaceful? You will find out at the end and trust me, it’s nothing I expected to happen. This question kept me reading and made me want to finish the book quickly since I was way too curious.
Death-Cast played an important role in this story. They call people telling them they are going to die today. How cruel is that? You keep wondering how they could possibly know, but that question won’t be answered. Thankfully such a system is impossible in the real world!
Should you, Dutch readers, buy this book when it gets released? Yes!

Conclusion

In the beginning, I was struggling a bit whilst reading They Both Die At The End. I was a little confused by the lives of Mateo and Rufus. In fact, Mateo was pretty boring. After a while, the story got the me and I barely could put the book down. Mateo and Rufus both developed in a certain way and that was really nice to see. The question “How will they die?” haunted me throughout the entire book and that is a big plus. It made me want to continue reading. Despite the struggling at the beginning, I rate this book 4.5 stars.

What would you do whenever Death-Cast calls you and tells you that you will die today?

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