They Both Die at the End was written by Adam Silvera. I picked up this book after my oldest daughter stole our copy of another of Silvera’s book.
This book explores the premise of knowing that today will be the day you die. A service called DeathCast calls people to tell them that they are going to die, and a whole industry has developed around this concept. There are apps to find one last friend- or for the more salacious- one last “friend”. There are entertainment complexes that provide people on their Last Day with a variety of experiences.
Mateo and Rufus have never met, but they find each other on their Last Day through the Last Friend app. At first, it doesn’t seem like they have a lot in common beyond the obvious, but they are determined to make the most of their last day.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that Mateo and Rufus don’t fall prey to a case of instalove. No, instead, the reader is treated to a nuanced portrayal of two people trying to make the most out of their unique situation.
With a title like They Both Die at the End, it’s only natural for the reader to spend the book worrying about the characters. The book moves along at a steady pace, although given that the whole thing takes place over the course of a single day, there are some slower moments. But even when things slowed down, I wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to Mateo and Rufus.
I would recommend They Both Die at the End. It’s such a unique premise; that factor alone makes it worth the read. When I first started reading, I thought the book took place in the not-so-distant future, but apparently, it takes place in the present. Silvera does such a wonderful job with worldbuilding, and his two lead characters are both richly developed. I liked this book, and I am looking forward to reading more from Silvera in the future.