September 7, 2017

Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 5th 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4/5

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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.

This is the first book I´ve read written by Adam Silvera and what caught my attention was the name of the book They Both Die at the End, it simply intrigue me and after reading the synopsis I knew I had to read it (Unlike of someone close to me, whom said that she didn´t want to read it because she already knew the end).

The story unfolds in what I assume is an alternate world, since every day in the early hours of the morning people who are going to die that day are warned by telephone through the service Death-Cast, which is a 100% accurate service and if you receive their call that day, it means that you are going to die before the day is over, but the rules are that they do not tell you in what way or at what time, just that you are going to die, so that you put your things in order, make your farewells and even have your funeral if you wish.

The story begins on September 5, 2017 when Mateo receives his call from Death-Cast, he is an insecure young man of 18 years of age and who has always lived a life without risking for fear of being wrong, so when he receives his call initially is paralyzed by fear and does not want to leave his apartment for fear of dying prematurely, but eventually decides not to spend his last day in the world alone so by means of an app called Last Friend he finds Rufus.

Rufus a 17-year-old boy, he also receives his Death-Cast call and for an event that happens when he receives his call, he can not spend his last day with his adoptive family, so through the Last Friend app, he meets Mateo and together they spend their last day together.

Both will help each other, Rufus will help Mateo, he will help him to do things he would not normally do, while Mateo will help Rufus to accept himself and be a better person, since the latter had been angry with life for some time.

I liked that the book takes place in a day, and in that time both become good friends, as they both tell things they have not told anyone and also develop romantic feelings for each other. The end is what I had expected, but it left me wanting to know more, one more paragraph, but I understand why it end up like this.

They Both Die at the End is a contemporary novel with sci-fi vibes and I really enjoyed it.

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