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