ARC Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

“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 and to live a lifetime in a single day. (x)”

They Both Die at the End By Adam Silvera
Publication Date: September 5, 2017 (HarperTeen)
Pages: 384
Started Reading: August 15, 2017
Finished Reading: August 16, 2017
GenreYoung AdultContemporary, LGBTQ

This was one of my top 3 most anticipated 2017 releases, you guys can only IMAGINE my excitement when I got the email that I was approved for this on Edelweiss. I was so excited I finished it in a day!

What Wren Reads (5)

★★★★★/5

What Wren Reads (4)

They Both Die at the End is one of my favourite books of the year. It is also my new favourite Adam Silvera book! I am a huge fan of both his other books and was anticipating this one so much, I am glad to say that this did not let me down at all in any way, if anything it had exceeded my expectations.

First off, despite the title, the book is an incredible story of living and a beautifully written celebration of life. Similar to Silvera’s other books, it is sad, heartbreaking and it will leave you thinking about the book for a long while after reading. I don’t see myself stopping thinking about this one anytime soon.

Every relationship in this book is written beautifully. Whether it be a family relationship, friendship or something more, each dynamic is compelling and well developed. Each interaction left the reader with a deeper understanding of the main characters and I grew to love these characters a lot through their interactions with other characters.

The main characters, Rufus and Mateo, were great. Both characters had their own set of personality traits and were distinctive and easily recognizable. As well, the dynamic between the two felt so natural thanks to the amazing writing and character development. I really enjoyed the dialogue between Mateo and Rufus and I’m really glad the book was filled with a ton of conversations between the two of them. You are really able to see their development (especially Mateo’s character development) through their words to each other. Another group of characters I LOVED was the Plutos, Rufus’ foster siblings. They were such a supportive, loving group when they were all together it left my heart feeling so full. Another thing: I know to some people the addition of chapters from the POV of small side characters could be frustrating, but I really, really loved these chapters. I really enjoyed seeing all these seemingly unconnected lives, connect and intertwine.

Although around the middle there were a few times I felt parts were dragging with extensive descriptions and unnecessary side stories or flashbacks, it all came together beautifully in one of my favourite book endings of the year. The way things were wrapped up didn’t leave me with a sense of needing to know more or left with unanswered questions (except I am dying to know how they are able to predict the deaths!) as the loose ties with side characters were all wrapped up as they all came together within Rufus and Mateo’s story.

I am so glad that this book was able to live up to its super interesting plot, and overall, this book is one of my favourites of all time. I will continue to recommend this book until the end of time, and I will definitely be buying a physical copy (or 50) when this releases on September 5! It will be a little good luck gift to myself as I start a new year of university on the 7th 🙂

If you are a Goodreads user, I would love if you could like my review on GR! You can find it here!

-wren

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