They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary Romance, Life & Death
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.
A new book by Adam Silvera. Two published this year. I consider that a gift to all lovers of LGBT themes and lyrical writing.
I only wish this gift had been more romantic. Silvera’s romances are always rather tragic—fairly depressing—but somehow I don’t mind it as long as the beginning is wonderful.
But the beginning is not wonderful here. Unfortunate Mateo and Rufus just learned they would die today. To make the most of their time on this earth, they both go on a little adventure around New York together.
I’m glad they found each other. Throughout the novel, the author emphasises how important it is to have someone to share your life—or day—with and I fully agree. Personal relationships will forever be worth more than money and materials.
The concept is engrossing. I’m not fascinated by death, which is good because this isn’t what this book is about. It celebrates life, living, experiencing, fulfilling. The dying part is imminent and the Death company definitely a cataclysm, but the two heroes do not spend their day in fear. Maybe at first, but they grow bolder as the day progresses.
It doesn’t make sense that in this created world—which is very much a contemporary one with a strange element—people are being called about their deaths. It also doesn’t make sense that these callers work with doctors and not the other way around. How can this be possible?
It’s not. If anyone were to call you about your future death, it’d be a doctor. But whatever, this (huge) piece of information is not what the author wants you to spend your time pondering. Your time is too precious!
(Though if you’re like me, you can’t help it.)
Mateo and Rufus are empathetic heroes you’ll want to read about. Both have different personalities and different backgrounds, but somehow they find each other, connect and spend the most fulfilling day ever.
There is no plot, do not look for it. No worries, its psychological dept will take you where you want to go. I have to say it’s not as imaginative as Silvera’s first novel and not as thematic as his second, but the evolution of the relationship between the two boys is worth witnessing.
I just really didn’t like the random chapters by random people in 3rd person singular as opposed to Mateo and Rufus’ 1st person singular. They disrupted the atmosphere. They weren’t necessary. Why not cut them?
Happy I finally got the chance to read this book. Have you heard? Silvera is writing a fantasy novel. Hello heaven.
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