They Both Die at the End
Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
New York Times bestseller * 4 starred reviews * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Kirkus Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 * A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 * A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017 * A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017 * A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year * A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year
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—to live a lifetime in a single day.
In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”
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Part touching YA tale, part LGBTQ+ romance, part dystopian sci-fi story, this unclassifiable novel could change your perspective on practically everything. In an alternate-reality New York City, there’s a service called Death-Cast that informs you when your last day of life on Earth has arrived. Teenagers Rufus and Mateo have both gotten that fateful call, so they soon befriend each other through a specialized app. We watch their bond grow quickly across their final hours, and it gradually seems headed toward something more than friendship. Voicing the lovable teens, Michael Crouch and Robbie Daymond capture the heightened feeling that author Adam Silvera injects into every funny, touching, and turbulent moment. Rufus and Mateo’s ordeal is full of deeply compelling drama, and we couldn’t help noticing the philosophical ideas it brings up—like whether you can experience a lifetime’s worth of meaning in a single day. Even the tragic side of They Both Die at the End filled us with inspiration.