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They Both Die at the End

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  157,771 ratings  ·  24,352 reviews
Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

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 str
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Quill Tree Books
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Thistle I found most of it sad only in a distant way. Yes, they were dying, but until then they were LIVING, and that was the important message. Until I reach…moreI found most of it sad only in a distant way. Yes, they were dying, but until then they were LIVING, and that was the important message. Until I reached the end, then I cried my eyes out. (less)

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Emma Giordano
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. I have been hyping it up for myself since about 2015 and it absolutely did not disappoint!

They Both Die At The End is a fascinating speculative-YA about living vs. dying. It also features a gay Puerto-Rican main character and a bisexual Cuban main character, and I am ALL ABOUT this ownvoices representation.

As always, Adam’s writing style is wonderful. His teens always speak like teens – the excessive but totally realistic amount of times Rufus said “mad” really spoke t
chai ♡
This book smelled like tears and self-sabotage.

And it's safe to assume that yes, indeed, it was.

But then again, you can’t walk out of a Silvera book and not feel something. His are the kind of books that hold you tightly you can feel it three days later. The kind of books that will make you dissolve from your sitting position and lay your head on a pillow, missing someone you’ve never met, and feeling like your entire self is one terrible scarlet bruise, throbbing mercilessly. I know people will
Emily May
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars. The concept behind this book is fantastic - in an alternate world, a company called Death-Cast calls people to tell them when their last day has arrived so they can say their goodbyes, live in the moment, and tie up any loose ends. Of course, knowing you are going to die is also horrifying, especially if you feel you haven't lived your life to the full. An app called Last Friend brings together those who are dying and enables them to find someone to enjoy their last day with.

It soun
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This wasn't as heartbreaking as I thought it was going to be to be honest! Does that make me cold hearted?? I can't really explain my reasoning for this, because I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL ANYTHING. I felt like there were times when the book was really pushing the YOLO message, which is a message I'm here for, but I also wanted that message to be a little less outright than it was. I really liked how things played out throughout the story and how we see these two boys bond and connect over what they' ...more
Either I’m heartless or everyone’s emotional.

It was a sad story indeed but I expected to be destroyed and... I was not.

I loved Mateo with everything in me. He was, to put it mildly, the epitome of goodness but had a hard time connecting with Rufus. He was inconsistent at best.

I also loved their instant connection and bond but I was not down with the insta-love.
I simply can’t wrap my head around the idea that two people can fall head over heels in love with each other after only a few hours o
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Honestly, I may never recover from this book. Adam Silvera, why have you done this to me!? ((wailing))

Imagine you are told that you have 24-hours left to live. What would you want to do with your remaining time?

A lot of people may understandably say, spend that time with loved ones.

But what if they were unavailable to you, then what would you do with your last 24?

You wouldn't want to be alone would you? Curled up with your books...

Okay, maybe YOU would, and maybe I would, but most people would w
Caz (littlebookowl)
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The title 'prepares' you for the end, but that doesn't lessen the pain one bit. I sobbed the hardest I ever have while reading a book...

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Maybe more of a 3.5*

This was really good! I found that it did drag a little bit at times, definitely more of a slow going read but it was such an interesting concept and I think it was very well executed. (It's actually a concept I had thought of for one of my novels, great minds think alike!)
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘for those who need a reminder to make every day count.’

from the moment i read the dedication, i knew this story would be a meaningful one. adam silvera took a heartbreaking moment and turned it into pure poetry. this book is proof that there can be beauty in the unplanned and that its sometimes the unexpected which makes life worth living.

4 stars
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
"You may be born into family, but you walk into friendships. Some you'll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk."

Death calls just after midnight. Mateo and Rufus will die today. They don’t know each other yet, but their paths will cross on this last day of their lives.

Adam Silvera is one of my favourite YA authors for several reasons. His characters are flawed and relatable. His stories are original and like nothing I’ve read before. And even though they’re depressing an
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I should have known from the title that this book would be heartbreaking...
Elle (ellexamines)
“Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.”

This is a masterpiece of speculative fiction. Speculative fiction, to me, is meant for emotions, and meant for exploration and discovery. This book is a story of a last chance and a last day for two very different people, but it's a story that's best observed personally - this story asks you to reinvent yourself every single day.

The strength of this book is that somehow, everything h
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Mateo, I regret to inform you that sometime in the next twenty-four hours you’ll be meeting an untimely death. And while there isn’t anything we can do to suspend that, you still have a chance to live.”

Imagine a stranger calls you in the middle of the night and tells you those exact words. Did you end up in a horror movie? Nope. You’re in the future and by now technology is so advanced that people are informed when they are going to die. But of course there’s a catch. They inform you 24 hours b
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
"Maybe it's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs."

This was my first ever Adam Silvera book, and I'd been warned by so many people to prepare myself for ALL OF THE FEELS, but nobody could have really made me understand just how fast and hard I would fall in love with Adam's writing voice. This book made him an auto-buy author literally by the 25% mark, and I don't think any author has ever made my auto-buy list so fast in my life.

I wasn't a huge fan of Silvera's More Happy Than Not so I assumed I wasn't going to like this one either. I wasn't even going to bother with this one. But seeing all the heartbreaking reviews from my friends had me intrigued, as well as that title and synopsis.

It's honestly the best decision I've made in a long time?? Lmao.

I was promised tears, heartbreak and all the emotional feels and it's safe to say that, yes, I did get all those things. And I can't be any more happy. It's no surprise I lov
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The best way I can describe this is The Sun is Also a Star meets Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.



I hope the title is a lie.

Someone please stop me from getting too attached to these characters.
Charlotte May
"No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end."

This was wonderful! My first Silvera novel, but it definitely won't be my last. Mateo and Rufus both get a call from Deathcast that today is their last day on earth - in twelve hours, they will both be dead.
Last Friend is an app created for Deckers (people who have received the Deathcast call) to meet up and spend their final hours on Earth with a stranger. Mateo and Rufus meet via this app and decide to have the best last day together
may ➹
update: someone pointed out that the two boys’ shadows on the cover make a cloaked figure with a scythe (Death) and I’m crying again

I knew it was going to be sad but I really didn’t expect to be sobbing at 1 in the morning

listen... I have so many thoughts and most of them somewhat resemble “I hate Adam Silvera I hate Adam Silvera I hate Adam Silvera” but there’s another part of me that says that this is Silvera’s best (read: most destructive) book

// buddy read with banshee and gmos hater
C.G. Drews
So 100% of the reason I wanted to read this was to know...DO THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END???? And obviously I shan't tell you because you need to be tortured like I was tortured. And I confess to a few mixed feelings?!? Because I really hyped this up in my head. I WAS SO FRIKKIN' EXCITED. And while I loved it, it wasn't quite what I'd hoped exactly. But I still really liked it! And I have at least 4 feelings which is double the amount of feelings I generally am allowed in a 6-year period. So there y ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't let the title fool you. This isn't a book about death, but about life. It's about becoming the person you want to be without fear holding you back. It makes you face your own mortality head on and asks the question, if you knew today was your last day would you be happy with the life you lived? This is truly a book you come out of a different person then you went in. ...more

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

“You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.”

Hey, friends! I’m so sorry! I really wanted to love this, but this just wasn’t a book for me. I think some of the lines were so beautiful, and I love the overall message of living your life, every day, to the fullest, but I just could never connect with this story the wa
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
An interesting concept & premise that paves potential for bigger world building (which unfortunately was not explored). I appreciate that this book has emotionally resonated so many people, and that it is centered around queer latinx boys with a healthy and wholesome relationship. I think about all the young boys grappling their sexuality and reading this book and seeing themselves in it, and that means a lot for such a marginalized and underrepresented group.

That being said, the diversity and
Larry H
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm probably at like 4.75 stars, but I'll round up...

Well, what else would you expect from a book called They Both Die at the End?

"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new."

—Steve Jobs

Shortly after midnight o

Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I just got off a fucking 12-hour-long flight to China and I spent approximately half of those hours reading this book, periodically crying, and sitting in my seat staring out at a view of endless clouds because I was not emotionally prepared to just go on with life after finishing this book. (Update: it’s now been more than ten days since I finished this and I still have a lot of feelings.)

Stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen.

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It was so freakin' good. I guess this is my favourite book of Adam's and comparing it to the previous ones (this is the third I have read) it touched me the most in so many different ways. I teared up at the very beginning of this story and this feeling of grief didn't leave me throughout the whole book (audiobook actually). I like the main characters and their friends - I adore the plot and the realization of friendships - it is not easy to write a book ab
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4 Stars

"...stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen.”

(So. Many. Tears.)

This is the second time I've finished an Adam Silvera book with a hollow feeling in my chest and maybe I'm just in love with the pain because something about this emotional writing style hurts so good? A book should always make you feel somethingand this one made me feel a lot.

The writing style is somewhat brisk and dialogue-focused, perfectly showcasing a diverse cast of loveable
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-releases
ExCuSe Me?!??!!!!!!???!!!!!??! NO ONE TOUCH ME FOR AT LEAST A WEEK
Kayla Dawn
Yeeeeah.. this was boring.
And Mateo was ANNOYING.

That's pretty much all I have to say lol.
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
But what the fuck was that ending? I am so confused! Was it supposed to be abrupt? Does it have a purpose?

Anyway, I enjoyed this book immensely. I love what it stood for. The overall message of living your life to the fullest. I wasn't the biggest fan of More Happy Than Not, but I appreciated the message behind this story so much.

Both characters, Rufus and Mateo know they are dying. They've received a call from Death-Cast letting them know they have less than 24 hours left to live. Everything
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Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End. His next book What If It's Us is co-written by Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and releases on October 9th, 2018.
He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

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