Book Review, Fiction

Review: They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End Book Cover They Both Die at the End
Adam Silvera
Young Adult Fiction
HarperTeen
September 5, 2017
336

 

"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." - Goodreads

And now I’m sitting here, a blubbering mess, with a heap of tissues next to me.

First of warnings: Don’t read this book if you are depressed. Don’t read it when in company or even near other people. You need a nice private place to cry your heart out.

The concept of this book is really interesting. I would hate to live in a world where you get a phone-call telling you you’re going to die today. It’s a tragedy, a suspense and a romance.

The character of Mateo is always giving lectures with rather fake sounding dialog. Rufus is better, but even he falls into some sermons. It’s all about sharing and living in the moment and etc.

It is at the same time sad and a super downer, but it’s also incredibly beautiful and uplifting. The new close bond that forms between the two main characters is touching and continually brought me to tears.

The other reason I kept reading was the need to know how it ends. The title tells us it ends, but not how. Morbid curiosity I guess.

There is the connectivity between events that is masterfully planned and effortlessly plays out to the horror of the reader. It does leave you paranoid. Checking for possible dangers in your environment.

This is a beautiful book and an emotional ride.

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