They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by [Silvera, Adam]

How I Read It: Audiobook

Dates Read: 5/13/19-5/14/19

I both love this idea and have quite a few arguments towards this idea, but hey, nothing is perfect. Except the friendship between Rufus and Mateo.

In the undetermined future, Death-Cast calls you between midnight and 3 am to let you know you are going to die. Both Mateo and Rufus got the call. Using an online service to meet people about to die, they form a relationship and a promise: to force each other to live their fullest in the short time they have left. On an adventure of New York, their relationship grows and they discover there is just never enough time.

My biggest issue with Death-Cast is that if there is a terrorist attack like the 9/11 attacks or a school shooting, would those people go to work/school on their last day? And then if they don’t go to those places, they wouldn’t die. So it is almost a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation. Either they are called and informed and they don’t put themselves in that position which then puts them, theoretically, out of harm’s way, or they are not informed, die, and then everyone calls for Death-Cast in the first place. And look, I know that this book is so much more than that, but I can’t stop thinking that at some point the whole idea of Death-Cast is muddled for the sake of the story. But I digress.

As for the story, slap a gold star on it because it is freakin’ good. It isn’t the typical let-me-knock-off-everything-on-my-bucket-list type of story, but a good-hearted, let’s-say-goodbye-to-all-the-important-people-in-our-lives type of story and it is so incredibly good. Plus Mateo is like all of us, while Rufus is the amazingly sweet bad boy that we all want (am I right?). This book is just one of those feel good young adult books that just makes you feel good.

I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5. If you guys like this book, feel free to leave a comment, find me on social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I will see you all in the next book!

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