They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062457790
0062457799
Characteristics: 373 pages
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samcmar Nov 06, 2017

I read this book in two long sittings. I was glued to the pages and intrigued by the concept of The Last Friend app and Death-Cast calls. The idea of having a phone call tell you that it's your last day to live is utterly terrifying, but also a bizarre motivator to attempt to live your last day t... Read More »


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LPL_ColtonS Aug 10, 2018

They Both Die at the End is a book whose title does not lie, but that will entrance you to read to the end anyway. In a world where a computer predicts the day of your death, society has grown to change the way these doomed people, "deckers" can spend their last hours, two young teens come together as strangers to be there for each other in their last moments. To truly live life, to learn from ones mistakes, to right ones wrongs, and to be completely and totally true to oneself. Adam Silvera was able to capture these feelings in the minds of these two 18 year-olds, and those of their loved ones, to form a bittersweet story you won't be able to put down.

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jessebh
Jul 11, 2018

This book is charming, somber, and somehow optimistic, despite its melancholy setting. There are parts that drag, but I was instantly addicted to finding out more about the protagonists’ journey, regardless of the huge spoiler in the title. A very high recommendation.

ArapahoeLiz Jul 02, 2018

A very interesting concept. There were so many twists and turns that this book kept me guessing and I read it in a day! I also love the characters and their last moments together, it shows that we are all some how connected in one way or another.

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bell_ugh
Jun 14, 2018

Wow. This book was slow paced, but the ending was such an incredible joy ride that brought tears to my eyes. I wish it was a faster novel though, since it took me more than a month to finish. At times I just didn't feel motivated to read this. I feel like They Both Die at the End was more of a character study on how two strangers can form a bond when put in similar life changing events. The intertwining of all the background characters through the chapter made the novel's world feel so much smaller. Moments that you don't even think about, like crossing the street, leaving a book behind, or even downloading an app, can change other people's life. However, I think that some of these scenes were unnecessary, as they distracted the reader from the overall story. Overall, this novel really made me think. It brought up the benefits and disadvantages of knowing when you will die, making you question whether or not you would chose to know. The question of what does 'living life' really look like is seen as the main characters Mateo and Rufus try to live their Last Day. If you are like me and have ever questioned how to live life to the fullest, this book is for you. Whether it takes you a day or month, you will enjoy it.

KateHillier Mar 16, 2018

You're told right in the title how this ends but you can't stop yourself from hoping. Mateo and Rufus each get the dreaded phone call from Death Cast, a company in this alternate 2017 New York, telling them that they will die some time in the next 24 hours. They don't know exactly when or how but they are both only 18.

Mateo likes to stay home, his dad is in the hospital in a coma, and his best friend is his neighbour and her young daughter. Rufus is in foster care and is beating the man his girlfriend left him for when he gets his call. Mateo and Rufus find each other through an app called Last Friend, an app that gives people who are due to die a friend. The two of them meet and get a lot of living done in the time they have left.

It is a great idea, a great story, romantic, heartbreaking, life affirming, and all those fun things. The way this knowledge of your own death day is worked in so very well and isn't explained to death or shoehorned. I should have expected this sort of bittersweet awesomeness from the author of More Happy Than Not but it was still lovely. And the end still got me

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yummyfriend
Feb 20, 2018

I read it in three days, couldn't put it down 'cause the characters and the story are just. so. nice! but...I still didn't want them to die

LoganLib_Kirra Feb 15, 2018

Today is the last living day for Mateo and Rufus. They don't know when exactly they'll die in the twenty-four hours or how but he does know that it is certain that he won't live any longer than that. This book might very possibly make you weep if you get attached and you'll be kept up late wanting to know how it ends. I loved the plot and flow of this story and I was pleasantly surprised as well with the great secondary characters. There's a great deal of connection in the book that happens in ways you didn't imagine until it happens and I was really happy with it. Of course, the ending still ruined me just like everyone else because we were prepared for heartache and shock but then again we really weren't because we all expected it to go another way deep down but it does warn you, they both die at the end.

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abelcoure
Jan 04, 2018

This book is fantastic! I read it in two days. I loved the characters. This book will make you think about life and be happy and sad at the same time. Great read !!!!!!!!

JCLChrisK Dec 13, 2017

What would you do if you found out you were about to die?

There's an app currently available called WeCroak. From it's website: "Find happiness by contemplating your mortality with the WeCroak app. Each day, we’ll send you five invitations at randomized times to stop and think about death. It’s based on a Bhutanese folk saying that to be a happy person one must contemplate death five times daily."

Of course, that's only contemplating the possibility of distant death. What about the certainty of imminent death? An app, say, that notifies you, "Today is the day. You have less than 24 hours to live."

That's the case in this book. A service exists that phones people shortly after midnight on the date of their deaths. No more information than that, just sometime before the next midnight they are going to die. It is always correct. There is no avoiding it.

Mateo and Rufus each receive the call on September 5, 2017. Today is the day. Now they have to figure out how they will spend the short time remaining to each of them. How or if they will say goodbye. How or if they will grieve. What experiences they want to sneak in before it is too late. If they will interact with the industry that has formed around this knowledge--apps, services, and business for "Deckers" like themselves.

The two young men (ages 17 and 18) take turns narrating their stories, along with a mix of others they encounter during their day. They have distinct personalities, voices, and approaches. And it's not a spoiler to say they meet each other through an app called Last Friend, becoming each other's "last friends." Together, they try to live a lifetime in a single day.

This is a thoughtful, moving, and, given the title spoils the ending, surprisingly tense and suspenseful book. A very worthwhile read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 10, 2017

This book had a fresh idea that was executed in a chilling manner. You could really relate to the feelings your characters were displaying, and I found myself worrying about them when I wasn’t even reading the book. The paranoia experienced by the characters, knowing that they are going to die, is very eye opening as to how everyday things are dangerous. The character diversity in this book is phenomenal, and the concept of the world they are living in is not hard to process. I also particularly liked how the book was separated into parts which were accompanied with a relating quote. However, it was a bit difficult to get invested in and took a good 100 pages to really begin caring for the storyline and characters’ well being. Rating: 4/5
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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