October 30, 2017

Review: They Both Die at the End




They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 5th 2017
HarperTeen
4/5 Stars 

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.






Silvera's latest release is, as always, filled with heart and emotion, but for me the pacing of this novel was not up to par with Silvers other work. It certainly wasn't the premise, because I am absolutely in love with this idea, but this is definitely my least favorite Silvera novel so far (for some reason).

I think a big issue was that this book is spread over 24 hours. Over such a short period time, I was expecting us to jump into the plot a little quicker, to have more going on, but that unfortunately wasn't the case. What I will say though is that once things did get moving, they took off. I was enthralled (as always) by Silvera's descriptive writing and unique style. As the story progressed I fell in love with Rufus and Matteo. Even though its called "They Both Die at the End" and Silvera is know for his heartbreak, I didn't expect any deaths. (No spoilers though! There may be death, there may not be death, people you dont think will die may die, WHO KNOWS. I'M NOT SAYING)

Something I really wish we explored more was "Death-Cast". Honestly, I am SO intrigued by the idea of this service, how it came about, who truly runs it, is it actually just a corporate scam? It kind of reminded me of BitCoin- wheres its founder? 

Of course, this review wouldn't be complete without discussing the representation. Silvera, as always, provides his readers with extremely diverse characters, of both race and sexuality. All writers should strive to be like Silvera in this regard. He always hits the nail on the head perfectly with the LGBTQ rep, which I really appreciate. I only wish we could get someone producing books as beautiful and artful as Silvera for others in the LGBTQ community. Adam Silvera certainly does not half ass his representation and diversity, he writes fulfilling, emotional, stories about really diverse people and truly highlights individualized struggles, and I only wish more authors would follow in his footsteps. 

I would highly recommend Silveras latest release. But, fair warning, the ending may kill you ;)