Thursday, April 26, 2018

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Narrated by Michael Crouch,
Robbie Daymond & Bahni Turpin
Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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. 
“I've spent years living safely to secure a longer life, and look where that's gotten me. I'm at the finish line but I never ran the race.”
I should have known that reading a book called They Both Die at the End would not end well for my face. The title literally says people are going to die, but I couldn't stop myself from wishing for the best. I feel like I've known these characters my entire life, and I only met them on their last day. Rufus and Mateo grew and accomplished so much in a very short amount of time. They were exactly what the other needed, and I'm so in love with both of them.

The audiobook for this is amazing. I already want to listen to it again, which is why I bought it for myself as soon as I returned my copy to the library. 

I cannot imagine knowing when my last day will be. It isn't possible for me to do everything I want in less than 24 hours. How could I be okay with dying when I know what I would be leaving behind? My kids... ugh, I can't talk about this. It's killing me to even consider the possibility. There was a situation in the book where a child was dying and the mother received the call, and I nearly lost it right there.

I love how Adam Silvera managed to connect every single character in this book. It shows us how the actions of others (or our own) can impact people more than they (we) realize, and They Both Die at the End really brings that into focus. Rufus and Mateo are intertwined with so many other characters, and they never really noticed. It's only our outside perspective that shows us the connections they made.

Rufus and Mateo are vastly different characters, but they genuinely care about each other. They make a point to try and help one another overcome issues they've been dealing with for a long time. They wanted to die without regrets, and I really enjoyed watching them live their last day.

They Both Die at the End mesmerized me. 

19 comments:

  1. Adam Silvera seriously doesn't hold back on punching people in the feels! Even with heaps of warning, I still hoped that they wouldn't die...

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    1. All the feels! I was so in love with these two and felt an immediate connection to them both. I'm not sure how Adam Silvera managed to make me fall for them so quickly, but I fell fast and hard. 😭

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  2. I have this but I've read so many intense books recently that haven't had solid HEA's and I know my heart can't take it right now.

    Maybe in a few months lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. A few months?! Hah! I waited until after I read a few books with HEA's and then started this one. It immediately cancelled out all of my previous happiness, lol. I instantly related to both characters and really enjoyed watching them spend their last day together. Everything in the world suddenly became a dangerous obstacle I desperately needed them to avoid. Sidewalks, bicycles, subways, etc.

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  3. it sounds intense and I confess that I didn't know about this one

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    1. I'm happy to bring it to your attention! I really, really loved it!

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  4. I have this one sitting on my shelves but can’t bring myself to read it. I need to be in the mood to cry.

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    1. Start it! It's such a wonderful story that needs to be read, but 😭.

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  5. ooh! I've had this one on my shelf for awhile but not sure when i'll get around to reading. I'm SO looking into the audio book now! Awesome review--i'll make sure i have tissues handy! ;)

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  6. This one has been on my radar for a while. It sounds like a really powerful book. I might have to check my library for the audio of this one. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I really enjoyed the audiobook, and they do have two separate narrators for the characters, which was nice. They really brought their voices to life and made me feel even more intensely about their stories. I hope you like it as much as I did!

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  7. One of my favorite aspects of the book was how Silvera wove all of the different stories together. I'm glad that the audiobook lived up to the story!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Same! I loved how everyone was connected in some small/large way. A conversation, a bump on the sidewalk, a last minute phone call... gah, it was soooo good! I already want to listen to it again.

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  8. This does sound super emotional. Too emotional for me! That's cool though how it shows the way everyone is connected and how our actions can impact so many people. That's something I think about sometimes.

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    1. You don't like emotional books, or just REALLY emotional books? It was insane how the author connected everyone. There were people impacted by Mateo and Rufus that we only see in passing, so it was crazy to see the magnitude of certain choices.

      It's something I think about, too!

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