They Both Die At The End // Poignant & Heartfelt.

they both die at the end“Maybe it’s better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.”


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 and to live a lifetime in a single day.

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 This is a spoiler free review.

They Both Die At The End was an interesting read; the title clearly tells you that this is a story about death and dying, but what the title doesn’t tell you is that this story has an amazing deeper meaning, it is a story that makes you think and I really liked that. They Both Die At The End is a heart breaking and unfair story about two very different boys – Mateo and Rufus – who are both going to die today, they reach out to each other on the Last Friend app and together they try and have the best last day possible.

The characters are what really make this book and I loved how distinctly different our two main characters were but also how perfectly they fit together. Mateo was a really shy character and I loved seeing him open up and come out of his shell as the story progressed; he was such a sweet and caring character and he definitely didn’t deserve to die. Rufus was an amazing character and I liked him so much, on the surface he was portrayed as the bad guy but on the inside he was just one big fluffy marshmallow. He had endured so much suffering in his short life span, but he loved The Plutos so much and he had so much love for Mateo in the short time they knew each other. As with every Silvera novel it oozed with diversity – Mateo was a gay character from Puerto Rican descent and Rufus was a Cuban bisexual character, this is also an #ownvoice novel which is always amazing in terms of representation.

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The friendship dynamics in this was really heartfelt and touching. The relationship Rufus shared with The Plutos was so amazing and it was so great that they were so supportive of one another. I also loved the relationship that Mateo had with Lydia, they had a very close and tight friendship and Mateo supported her through every thing. I also loved the friendship that developed between Mateo and Rufus; it was fun and bubbly and they just seemed to fit perfectly together – as friends.

The emphasize on the word friends; I really didn’t think that there was any chemistry between the two of them and the insta-love just didn’t work. There simply wasn’t enough time to develop the romance aspect and it fell a bit flat for me. The concept of the story is the first thing that really intrigued me; I think I would want to know when it’s supposed to be my last day on Earth so I was really fascinated with the whole Death Cast aspect of the story. That being said, Death Cast was never really explored in depth, we weren’t really given any information into why it existed and how it came to be, I would’ve loved it so much had we gotten some extra information about it.

They Both Die At The End is an emotional and sad story about death and dying too young, but it’s also a story that stays with you long after you’ve read the last page. It’s a story that makes you think and question your life and its existence. It makes you wonder why life is so unfair and why you were actually put on this earth – in a nutshell; it’s a very good book that will make you cry, but in the end it is absolutely worth it.rating

They Both Die At The End

 Content Warning: Blood, Gore, Death and Suicidal Thoughts.

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15 thoughts on “They Both Die At The End // Poignant & Heartfelt.

  1. “It’s a story that makes you think and question your life and its existence” YESSSS!!! OMG so glad you enjoyed TBDATE so much! Silvera really knows how to pull on those heart strings & he just writes the BEST friendships! This book had me thinking about life way after I read the last page. Of his 3 books currently out, this is now my #1 favorite. Wonderful review Michelle! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much 🌸
      I really liked this and it really had me thinking about life long after I finished it too! I’ve read History Is All You Left Me and I loved it too; it was very emotional. I’m looking forward to reading More Happy Than Not.


  2. I keep hearing about this book and your review just confirmed all those wonderful things everyone keeps saying. And the title REALLY intrigues the reader, don’t you think? And I love it too when a character progresses and changes into something completely different – it just seems like such a NORMAL thing to ask for in books but it’s equally surprising how little attention some writers pay to character development.

    Anyway, AMAZING review, Michelle. Loved it. ❤ ❤ 😊 😊 😊

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  3. Your aesthetics are always so, so beautiful, Michelle, they always make me want to read the book, or at least more curious about it all. ❤
    I haven't read this book but I know I will someday, when I'm ready for all of the emotions, ahah. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the characters and the friendships in this book ❤ I'm a bit sad that you felt like the romance side did not have time to develop, but I'm guessing in such a short time-frame, it's, well…it's a bit predictable?
    Lovely review 🙂

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    1. Aaaaw, thanks so much Marie 🌸 Such a lovely compliment, I’m so happy you enjoy them and they intrigue you.
      The time frame was a bit short, but the friendship was lovely! It was an emotional read, but History Is All You Left Me was a tad more emotional, I think because the characters well … had a history. But it was still a really great book.

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  4. Great review for this book Michelle, and oh I am so glad you loved this story as well. They Both Die at the End is actually a favourite of mine and I agree with you that the friendships were so well done. It’s a shame you didn’t really enjoy the romance between Mateo and Rufus but I’m glad you still liked their friendship.
    The world building was something that really intrigued me as well. I’d like to learn more about the world Adam Silvera created, more about the Death Cast, thought to be honest I don’t think I’d want to know when my last day on Earth would be.
    Again great review, 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth 🌸
      The friendship is the thing I really loved as well as the world building. Mateo and Rufus were also such incredible characters; I adored both of them so much!

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