They Both Die at the End - book cover
Literature & Fiction
  • Publisher : Quill Tree Books; Reprint edition
  • Published : 18 Dec 2018
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN-10 : 0062457802
  • ISBN-13 : 9780062457806
  • Language : English

They Both Die at the End

Adam Silvera reminds us that there's no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

New York Times bestseller * 4 starred reviews * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Kirkus Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 * A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 * A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017 * A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017 * A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year * A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year

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-to live a lifetime in a single day.

In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called "profound."

Featuring a map of the novel's characters and their connections, an exclusive essay by the author, and a behind-the-scenes look at the early outlines for this critically acclaimed bestseller.

Editorial 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

Readers Top Reviews

Madeleine DalyKindle
Truly, this is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. It is heart-wrenching, and although the reader is aware that they "both die at the end", it is impossible not to fall totally in love with Mateo and Rufus. The complexity of the plot, the world that Silvera has crafted, and the depths into the human psyche that he explores turn this book into a portal into the Last Day. Hope, pain, tragedy, love, karaoke, this story has it all and more besides. I began this book at 7pm, and finished it by 10pm. I sobbed from approximately 50 pages in until the end and now my partner is worried about me. I immediately bought Silvera's other book, and have been waiting for a few free hours stretch as I'm sure I will need to read it in one sitting. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who needs a good cry, though not to anyone who is dealing with grief at the death of a loved one. The language isn't hard to parse, but this book is not easy to read.
I'm unsure how so many people were upset or surprised by the ending of this book when it is literally the title. I found the concept interesting but the lack of detail regarding how death cast works disappointing and disengaging. The slang used by Rufus feels forced but is not a dealbreaker. My biggest complaint would be that it took a long time for the story to built enough momentum to get past the characters backstories. I probably wouldn't recommend this to anyone over the age of 18 as it feels like it was written for a younger audience. the book has some high points, nice character development towards the end and easy to read. definitely not the most engaging book I've read but certainly not the worst
If I had the option to give minus stars I would. This book is poorly written. The concept was what inspired me to order it. Someone should address the subject, if you knew you would die tomorrow.....what would you do? Like I said, interesting concept. However, this book has one mission that cancels out any other. To make young people think foul language and irresponsible lifestyles are normal. This should not be a book for middle school children. They have enough issues at that age without filling their heads with this garbage. If you want to read it out of curiosity save your money and borrow from the library. Worst book I have picked up in ages. All the glowing reviews are misleading. Always read the bad reviews first. They tend to be the most honest.
jessica marcantonioG
HORRIBLE content for a middle schooler! Do NOT let your middle schooler read this book!! All the wrong messages
kirtida gautam
Adam Silvera writing about death. (Dude really knows how to paint a picture of tragedy. Pg- 100.) The words apply to Adam too. My thing. 17 Points of View. Definitely my thing. Overall, this book was a great read. My favorite lines. * Stories can make someone immortal as long as someone else is willing to listen. * I think we made his day by not pretending he's invisible. * Sometimes living is hard and complicated because of fear. * A new memory to laugh over is just as good as reflecting on an old one. * I wasted time and missed fun because I cared about the wrong things. * Affection from millions and intimacy from that one special person are completely different beast. * Entire lives aren't lessons, but there are lessons in lives. * You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. * It's better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.