“We’re not dying because of love. We were going to die today, no matter what. You didn’t just keep me alive, you made me live.”
Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication Date: September 5th 2017
Page Count: 368
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.
Let me start off by saying that I have never read a Silvera book. This was my first book by him and my expectations were already sky high. I was underwhelmed to say the least. I had gone in the the notion that I was going to fall in love with the story and that my heart was going to shatter into a million pieces. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Mateo was reading a blog entry and Rufus was beating a guy senseless when they received a call Death-Cast, alerting them that they are going to die within the next 24 hours. They have no one to spend their ‘End Day’ with, so they each decide to make a profile on ‘The Last Friend’ app in hopes of finding a last friend. Someone to spend their last day with. After some rough encounters on the app, they find each other’s profile and start to talk. Although wary at first, they choose to meet up and to spend the day living.
While the story was very touching and I liked it, I just couldn’t connect with the characters. I didn’t feel for them, which is really odd for me because I will typically get attached to a character within a chapter of meeting them. Yes, I was sad during certain parts and when they died but it wasn’t as gut-wrenching as I was expecting/hoping it would be. I didn’t even need the tissues that were sitting on my nightstand. Not a single tear was shed with the exception of the “dear reader” section at the beginning.
Even with that being said, I loved seeing Mateo bring out another side of Rufus and vice versa. They growth that they both experience is great and it was heartwarming seeing them connect. I wish they had more time together because their m/m relationship was beautiful! *cries because they won’t have a ‘forever’*
I honestly think I just over-hyped this book. I do intend on picking up Silvera’s other books and hopefully I’ll love them with all my heart!!
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