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They Both Die at the End Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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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!
“A bold, lovely, and haunting story of loss, hope, and the redeeming power of friendship.” (Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall)
★”Extraordinary and unforgettable.” (Booklist (starred review))
★”It’s another standout from Silvera. Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
★”Over the course of an eventful day, these thoughtful young men speak honestly and movingly about their fate, their anger at its unfairness, and what it means to be alive, until their budding friendship organically turns into something more.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
★ “Silvera continues to masterfully integrate diversity, disability, and young queer voices into an appealing story with a lot of heart. A must-have for YA shelves.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Adam Silvera uses his ample skill to force readers to examine how they live life now and how they want to live it. They Both Die at the End is a prime example of his skill at asking the most relevant questions of all of us.” (Teen Vogue)
“They Both Die at the End is beautiful and charged with emotion, and Silvera’s best work to date.” (Jordan April, The River’s End Bookstore, for the Autumn 2017 Teen Indie Next List)
“Silvera not only poignantly captures the raw emotion of facing your own morality, but creates such relatable and authentic characters you want to follow on their journey. His gorgeous writing and wonderful storytelling will wreck you in the very best possible way.” (Buzzfeed)
“Themes of friendship, love, loss, and fate combine in this novel that should be read with a box of tissues close at hand.” (Brightly.com)
From the Back Cover
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
Absolutely powerful book.
Set in an alternate universe where a company can predict your date of death, the story primarily follows two boys, Mateo and Rufus, on their End Day. Along the way, we get chapters from people who, though not main characters, find their stories intertwined in the fate of the boys in question.
For me, it raised questions of Would you want to know when you would die? Was there free will if the boys fate was all but determined? A powerful story, one that was truly well written, and had me crying at the end. Highly recommended
Like drawn out drumbeat.
Filled with uncertainty & hope.
The elements of life.
What is life?
What do you want from death?
How would you want to be remembered?
How do you want to live?