Reading: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Two young men get the alert that they are dying that day and spend the day together, helping each other live their last day. The plot twist in this one is unconventional and excellent.

Reading History

First Read: November 29, 2021 - December 5, 2021
Reading Counter: 1
Rating: 5 - Amazing.

Summary & Thoughts

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

I liked the premise from the start. It is written and set out so well. And while I never doubted that they would die at the end, I shared their tiny hopes that they wouldn't. The ending was well done, too. I can almost believe that they will find each other in the next life and this is just a chapter. But either way, both of them died happy and fulfilled. Rufus even goes to the hospital after Mateo dies and introduces himself to Mateo's father. He, himself, calls Mateo's best friend to let her know. It's like he's wrapping up Mateo's affairs, before he can join him in the next life.A detail about the book that was curious was how well the author dealt with the morbidity of it all. There were constant reminders of how easily people can die from the most common things.

Also, the book was an interesting play on the entire self-fulfilled prophecy thing. It is still not 100% clear to me if people die because they get the alert, or get the alert because they are dying. Rufus's entire family (minus him) got the alert, and they rushed up to a cabin for a final family vacation there. They died on the way there in a car crash.

The author is known for his plot twists and I kept wondering if he was going to make them survive somehow, but he didn't. The book ends exactly the way the title says: they both die in the end. A plot twist to my liking—or rather the lack of one.

Kate Hildenbrand

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