Hey guys! Today I will be reviewing They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera!
Release date: September 5, 2017
Hardcover page count: 384 pages
My rating: 5/5
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera tells the story of two boys, Rufus and Mateo who are both going to die today. They learned this information this morning when the company Deathcast gave them, and hundreds more people, a call to let them know. But, despite these two boys being complete strangers, they still seek to make a friend, so they enlist the help of an app called Last Friend. Now, they will live their last day together, hoping to have an adventure of a life time. Or a day.
Once again, another great Adam Silvera book! So, lets begin on the characters. At first glace, Rufus and Mateo might seem like pretty one sided characters. But once you start getting a few chapters in, you start to discover that that is not at all the case. Each character has multiple layers that you begin to peel back throughout the chapters. You begin to dig deep into what makes each character who they are.
Another amazing factor with this book is how he formats the chapters. Yes, they go back and forth between the two main characters, but they also highlight this lives of various side characters as well. He does this for a combination of nonessential characters, and side characters to create a larger and more inclusive story. Also, things that you hear about in one story are often also touched upon on others, so you should always pay attention.
What was also great about this book was the universe that it is set in. What I find interesting about both More Happy Than Not and They Both Die at the End, is that yes, they are set in our world and yes, they are contemporary; but they also both have sci-fi aspects in them. Both taking the forms of new advanced technology, this whole added sci-fi aspect is one of my favorite aspects of Mr. Silvera's books, and add a newer dimension to the stories.
The only thing that I found a bit forced in this book was the romance between the two characters that happened at the end. They were friends then poof, boyfriends! I mean, it was pretty obvious that they were going to end up together based off of the cover and Mr. Silvera's other works, but I don't think that it would have hurt anyone to have a better build up to the romance.
Overall, I really liked this book. From the characters in it, to the world it is set in, and even the message behind the whole book that is as heart warming as More Happy Than Not's message, I really fell in love. I would of course recommend this book to people who enjoyed Adam Silvera's other works, but I would also recommended this book to LGBT book lovers and contemporary book lovers as well. And of course, if you end up enjoying this book, do yourself a favor and check out Adam Silvera's other works, More Happy Than Not and History is All You Left Me.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! If you have any recomendations for other books for me to review, please let me know in the comments below.
Until next time,
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