‘They Both Die at the End’ shines as Silvera’s best

“But no matter what choices we make -solo or together- our finish line remains the same… No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.” This is the famous last line of one of the most popular books in today’s society, “They Both Die at the End” by Adam Silvera. 

In my opinion, this is one of Silveras best books. He’s also the author of “What If It’s Us” and “History Is All You Left Me.” But the book “They Both Die at the End” is by far the most tearing jerking and meaningful book he’s ever written. 

“They Both Die at the End” is about two young men, Mateo and Rufus. They live in a society created by Silvera, where a multibillion dollar app called Death Cast predicts your death day. People who sign up are called within 24 hours of when they die. Mateo and Rufus receive their call on the same day. Mateo was too scared to leave his home while Rufus was running from the police for nearly beating a man to death. They both had downloaded an app called Last Friend. The app is typically used for people who want a last friend on their last day of living. Mateo and Rufus eventually meet up and spend their last day trying to live as much as they can. 

Throughout the book the characters have so much time to think about their lives and make sure they leave their friends and family with a good goodbye. Mateo visits his dying father and his best friend, while Rufus visits his ex-girlfriend and his foster brothers. The biggest question the characters face, was life better before Death-Cast? 

I’d recommend this book to any teenager or adult. It’s relatable, it’s dystopian and it’s altogether a good life lesson. It tells us readers to live life while you can. The author’s words made me feel so many things I normally wouldn’t feel while reading a book. It broke my heart to read it.

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