They Both Die at the End, YA Book Review

Author Adam Silvera

This is the spoiler free review of They Both Die at the End. If you would like to know what happens in between the start of the book and when they die at the end please visit the far more detailed spoiler full/synopsis review here.

They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera, is the kind of book that will leave you stunned even though you know exactly what is going to happen. It’s an amazing testament to Silvera’s skill as an author that he is able to tell you exactly how the book will end and it will still have an incredibly strong impact on the reader.

The titular They in this young adult tale are two young men, boys really, who are notified that they are going to die sometime before midnight. In this unusual not too distant future there is a mysterious technology run by a company called Death Cast which can predict death with 100% accuracy. Between the hours of midnight and 3 AM they call everyone who is going to die that day and let them know.

18 year old Mateo and 17 year old Rufus both receive this call at the beginning of the book and the rest of the story follows them through their last day. They meet each other by using an app called Last Friend, designed to allow anyone to not have to be alone on their last day.

The story is phenomenal in its character development. I felt so strongly for both of these characters as well as their friends. I was not only heartbroken for them but for all of those that had to grieve their loss. Anyone who has experienced death and loss will find this book captivating and relatable.

It is also quite the page turner. With short chapters that alternate between Mateo and Rufus with a few other players in between we are drawn into a detailed world with personal connections between anyone and everyone. Each character impacts not only the characters they recognize but people far beyond their social circle as well.

The book takes place within only 24 hours but I feel as though I got to enjoy a short lifetime with Mateo and Rufus. I felt for them, I grew to know them, I grew to love them, I grieved for them.

The book also obviously brings up an important discussion question. Would you prefer to know in advance that you were going to die that day or would you rather it be a surprise? Also, how would you spend those precious final hours? Seriously, let me know in the comments.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone with a heart. Thinking about it days later I’m still getting all the feels. I am putting this one on my short list to re-read at some point in the future.

5/5 Amanjas crying in the breakroom on her lunch break because she couldn’t wait til she got home to finish reading it even though she knew she’d end up crying like a baby 😭😭😭😭😭

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4 thoughts on “They Both Die at the End, YA Book Review

  1. OMG, it sounds really good. I’ve wanted to read it for some time (and More Happy Than Not) but I’m putting it off because it’s gonna be sad :'( I’m really glad that you loved it.

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