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Meet Author Adam Silvera
Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and the upcoming They Both Die at the End. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for his debut. Adam was born and raised in the Bronx, and he was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing. He has worked at a literary development company, a creative writing website for teens, and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He is tall for no reason and lives in Queens, New York. Visit him online.
THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END has Four Starred Reviews!
'Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises.' - Kirkus Reviews.
'Extraordinary and unforgettable' - Booklist.
'Heartbreaking' - Publishers Weekly.
'A must-have for YA shelves' - School Library Journal.
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We here at Last Friend Inc. are collectively sorry for this loss of you. Our deepest sympathies extend to those who love you and those who will never meet you. We hope you find a new friend of value to spend your final hours with today.
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 Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure--to live a lifetime in a single day.
Uplifting and devastating, charming and haunting, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut novel the New York Times called "profound." It's a story that reminds us there's no life without death, no love without loss--and that it's possible to change your whole world in a day.--Brightly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 10401 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 389 pages
- Publication date : September 5, 2017
- Publisher : Quill Tree Books; Reprint edition (September 5, 2017)
- ASIN : B01N4D4R7W
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062457799
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,625 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book focused on the idea of what would you do if you knew you were going to die. In this world there is a program called Death Cast that calls up people between midnight and 3 and lets them know that they are going to die that day. Rufus and Mateo both receive the call and need someone to spend their last day with. Neither of them is without people in their lives but because of outside forces they can't spend their Last Day with those people. They use the Last Friend app and find one another. Throughout their last hours they find a connection in each other and find a way to release their true selves.
I adored both Mateo and Rufus. They were these two teens who were dealt a bad hand. Fate had it out for them. Both are trying to find a way to find a reason to live. Mateo lost his mother when she gave birth to him and his dad is in a coma. Rufus survived the accident that killed his family. Both of them are reeling from horrible events and both have lost themselves inside their own fear and tragedy.
In one day they find each other and realize that they are not doomed people. Yes, they are going to die but their spirits and souls don't have to die. Mateo learns how to live without fear and Rufus finds the side of himself that he thought he lost when he lost his family. Both boys find a deeper connection then just friendships in each other.
I loved the way life was examined in this novel. The way the idea of living for yourself and finding a way to make life count was talked about. It was a beautiful way of showing that life is never over if you can find the right ways to live it. Rufus and Mateo had only one day but they made it mean something and found love in the process.
I also loved the way small other stories were told throughout the novel. These were people that had some contact with Mateo or Rufus. Some was good interactions and some weren't but in the end it showed how connected everyone is. You don't realize the impact you have on people you barely interact with on a daily basis. A simple smile or tap on the shoulder could change things. Or it may not change anything but what matters is that no one lives in a vacuum. All lives are connected for better or for worse.
I desperately wanted this to end in a way that made me more happy than sad, in the end it gave me hope. Hope that life is always worth living no matter what. Hope shown through these two boys who found a way to make a day matter like a lifetime. Adam Silvera really does know how to write a poignant and meaningful tale.
17 Points of View.
Definitely my thing.
Overall, this book was a great read.
My favorite lines.
* Stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen.
* I think we made his day by not pretending he's invisible.
* Sometimes living is hard and complicated because of fear.
* A new memory to laugh over is just as good as reflecting on an old one.
* I wasted time and missed fun because I cared about the wrong things.
* Affection from millions and intimacy from that one special person are completely different beast.
* Entire lives aren't lessons, but there are lessons in lives.
* You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships.
* It's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.
In a world where Death-Cast can call you to inform you that sometime in the next twenty-four hours, you'll die -- Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get the call. These two teenagers find each other via a Last Friend App, where 'deckers' (the dying) can find a friend for their end day. If you had one day to live, what would you do? Mateo and Rufus go on one last big adventure discovering what it means to live, love, and leave no regrets.
This was a haunting, emotionally charged, ride. A page-turning easy read about the power of friendship. I couldn't put it down. Must read.
I heard about this book from Little Book Owl on YouTube who loved it so I decided that I'd pick it up too.
"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."
Reading the title, one would think it would prepare you for what's going to happen - that they're both going to die at the end. However you would be sorely mistaken, which is exactly what happened to me. If you decide to read this book, make sure you have a box of tissues with you towards the end.
One good thing about They Both Die At The End is that it's not just the pair of boys finding each other, going for a walk and then oops, you're dead at the end. There's more to it than that. Rufus and Mateo do go for a walk, but there's a party, quite a few life-or-death situations, and love.
"I've spent years living safely to secure a longer life and look where that's gotten me. I'm at the finish line but I never run the race."
I will definitely be reading more of Adam Silvera's books after this one.
Top reviews from other countries
Mateo lives a quiet life, too afraid of stepping out of his comfort zone to have done much living when he gets the call saying he's going to die. With his father in a coma and his best friend being a single mum to his goddaughter, Mateo feels alone and turns to Last Friend in the hope of finding someone to help him live his life in twenty-four hours.
Rufus on the other hand lives the opposite of a quiet life, we meet him in the middle of beating up his ex girlfriend's current boyfriend and then he gets the call. It isn't the way Rufus saw things going, he'd already lost his parents and older sister to the Death-Cast, now it was his turn. As events unfold Rufus finds himself on the run from the police and separated from his friends, so Rufus also finds himself on Last Friend.
"No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end."
I was really intrigued by the idea of Death-Cast, is life better when you know that you'll get a call on your End Day? Does it eliminate fear and encourage you to make the most of life? For Mateo it didn't, he spent his days indoors playing video games and following the last moments of others who got the call. Rufus says that it doesn't matter and that he and Mateo just need to accept what is happening and live.
"...I think you should post your life in colour."
Rufus and Mateo share their final hours together through Rufus' Instagram (so Gen Z, so relatable), sharing new experiences, getting to know each other and living as full a life as you possibly can in a day. For such an upsetting book there was some really touching moments that I don't want to ruin for any potential readers, but Mateo and his lego house made me very warm and fuzzy.
"Twelve hours ago I received the phone call telling me I'm going to die today, and I'm more alive now than I was then."
Throughout the book there are stories from other characters, one of those characters is Deidre Clayton, who goes through a tough time dealing with the whole premise of the Death-Cast and has suicidal thoughts because of it. Honestly one of my first thoughts about the subject when I read about it was how could anyone deal with the knowledge that one day their phone will ring and there's nothing you can do to change things? In life you like to think that death can be avoided, if you get in an accident that you could be helped, you can get treatment for illness and get better. The call is a unavoidable death sentence, and that's scary.
"You can't go around telling people you wanna be a tree and expect them to take you seriously."
Something I really liked about the book is the different conversations and opinions about the afterlife. For someone who is afraid of death, yes that's me -and I'm reading a book about so much death, it was really comforting for me to think about what could happen after death, some things I've never thought about. Death is so uncertain and there's no way to ever know what really happens, so we can choose to believe whatever we want if it helps us to navigate the world. It does help, or at least it does for me.
"I will make it so easy for you to find me. Neon signs. Marching bands."
Mateo and Rufus really were the most perfect characters to lead me through this story. Of course it's a curse that they didn't meet sooner but the time they did have together was made so special by their willingness to go all out and just be themselves. The two of them lived out what would have been months of a new friendship, in a single day, and it was beautiful.
I could go on and on about this book, there's characters I haven't covered who are amazing but I want to leave something for anyone reading this who is going to pick up the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA/LGBTQ+ reads, obviously there is some sensitive topics in this book so please read at your own discretion and do so in the comfort of your own home with a partner or pet or stuffed animal nearby for all the cuddles -you're going to need a lot.
I began this book at 7pm, and finished it by 10pm. I sobbed from approximately 50 pages in until the end and now my partner is worried about me. I immediately bought Silvera's other book, and have been waiting for a few free hours stretch as I'm sure I will need to read it in one sitting. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who needs a good cry, though not to anyone who is dealing with grief at the death of a loved one. The language isn't hard to parse, but this book is not easy to read.
All the characters seem fleshed out and real, both Mateo and Rufus have such unique voices that you can tell who is narrating without even looking at the chapter header.
The use of (seemingly) random side characters dotted throughout telling their own story is something I didn't know I needed until reading The Sun Is Also A Star (and to an extent The Raven Cycle) This book also uses that technique, maybe even in a slightly better way (in terms of paths crossing and cause and effect outcomes)
The friend dynamics are great, and it's interesting to see the different ways people deal with something as complicated as knowing you're going to die, and what to do with that information.
I also love the fact that Adam knows how to write a diverse cast of characters without seeming pandering, forced or stereotypical. Race, religion, sexuality, teen parents, foster care, broken families, loving families - it's all written in a really organic way
A whole industry has built up around it. On their last day people have cash to throw about, and want to experience those things they've always meant to do and not done.
But this fascinating idea is really in the background of this wonderful story. It's a story about characters, a meeting of two boys who can bring our the best in each other. And we are drawn into this relationship that we know, and they know, was only ever a product of it being their last day.
This is probably the most bittersweet idea anyone has ever had.
It's really haunted me and I'm so glad I read it.