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They Both Die at the End

By Adam Silveira

Review by Isabelle Zheng, Teen Advisory Council

 Two people walking with NYC skyline in the background On behalf of everyone here at Death-Cast, we are so sorry to lose you. Live this day to the fullest, okay? They Both Die at the End beautifully portrays the sheer vulnerability and power of human beings, along with how a single friendship can change one’s entire life in a short day. They Both Die at the End, published 2017, is one Adam Silvera’s best known books along with More Happy Than Not, published in 2015, and What if It’s Us, published in 2018. It takes place in a dystopia where a company called Death-Cast calls people to warn them of their death 24 hours before it happens.

On the same day, 18 and to be 18 year olds Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio both receive a call letting them know it’s their last day of life. Mateo and Rufus are complete opposites. Mateo prefers staying at home with his father who’s in a coma and hearing the sound of different planets. Rufus is a wild foster child, first introduced when beating up his ex’s new boyfriend with his foster friends. Our protagonists meet for the first time in an app called Last Friend. They both didn’t want to spend the last day of their lives alone. Nor did they want to burden the people they love who will live on. They end up spending the last day of their lives together. Let’s just say that this day took off to become a story full of delicate memories and heartbreaking regrets.

They Both Die at the End is mainly written in first person. It’s written like a journal entry, switching between the perspectives of the protagonists every second chapter. There are odd cases where the author adds in pages from other minor or supporting character’s point of view. These chapters or pages will be oddly written in third person. This young adult book is for teens who enjoy tragic stories with a hint of pure romance. I would definitely suggest it if you’re looking for something a little more pure and different than the usual dramatic or fantasy YA books.