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They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression.

Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run.

Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love…

Another beautiful, heartbreaking and life-affirming book from the brilliant Adam Silvera, author of More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me.

I recently read History Is All You Left Me, in which I expected a heartbreaking book about first love, heartbreak, grief. What I got was . . . meh. Didn’t really like it . . .

So what do I do? Yeah, I decide to read this. (Emer, I blame you – your masochist ways are infecting me).

And well . . .


Once again, I was DUPED! I was hoping this would be everything that I wanted from History Is All You Left Me. I expected to fall in love with these characters, with their relationships. To want to root so hard for them that I didn’t want to finish the book because I didn’t want them to die. . .


Yeah. That didn’t happen. I couldn’t wait for them to die so this would be over with. IT WAS SO PAINFULLY SLOW. It draaaaggeeeeddddd out. Nothing hardly happened. It was boring. And don’t get me wrong, while I did like the main charachters (forgot their names oops) and was slightly sad when they died, I didn’t cry over it. I didn’t feel like I got punched in the gut and had my heart ripped out. It was an, oh, that’s sad. . .

Do I just have no emotions??

I think that, although I liked these characters, it was hard to root for them. Sure, I wanted them to be able to have the experiences that they never got to have. To live a long and happy life. Ultimately it comes down to me feeling unfulfilled. There last day wasn’t this whole great big “carpe diem”. There were some brief, flickering moments – and this had a hell of a lot of potential to be exciting but it wasn’t. They just spent most of their time doing . . . well nothing really.

I don’t know how I’d spend my last day (very morbid to think about) but this just seemed ?? like ok. I was expecting so much more than you just walking around the city.

That’s the problem. This book set out to be profound. To comment on life/death, to live every moment like it’s your last, seize the moment etc….it just made me extremely freaking paranoid of everything. Like you could literally die at any point and noPE. I’M ALREADY PARANOID ENOUGH THANKS.

Also . . . this book had no logic??? The world-building??? So this is a different version of our world, or the future? How do they know peoples deaths?? To me it seemed like they told people they were going to die -> people tried to avoid death -> the actions they took to avoid said death is what caused it. So if they were never told, would it have happened?? Fate or coincidence??

So yeah. Maybe you’d think this book shouldn’t need to have this sort of logic as it’s a commentary on seizing your last day and living life with no regrets, but I found it hard to get on board with this idea without some sort of explanation. JUST GIVE ME MORE DETAILS.

Oh and the random POV changes . . . I DON’T CARE. GOOOOO AWAAAAAY.

So yeah. . .

Didn’t really like this…


2 stars.



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