Part 2 will be on the 31 what were some of your favorites this year :)
It's my first time reading Adam Silvera's book. When I picked up this book, it was the title, not the synopsis that drew my attention - They Both Die At The End. That's a title that I felt so bold and daring that gave me a reason to picked it up. I managed to finished it after my book discussion. To my relief, its a good book. Nothing glorifying and nothing horribly written.
In the near future, Mateo receives a call from Death-Cast (a company that predicts death) that he is going to die today. On the same morning itself, Rufus receives a call as well that he is going to die today too. Both are total strangers in their own way. Both have no idea how they would die but only they know, that they want to reach out to someone... and they found each other through an app. As they start their journey together in one day before their demise, they do what they can to start living and make the best of it.
Yes, there is no doubt as the title says, they really did die at the end. There is no twist, there is no sneaky trick that will make you believe one of them will survive but indeed, they both die at the end. But why read a book when I know the ending? For one, its the writing. Its good and nicely done and although the execution is similar to Nicola Yoon's The Sun is Also a Star, its the characters that work. Sadly, the world building background is rather vague that we need to accept that this is how it is in our alternate reality of our future. Much like a Twilight Zone episode for me. Still, with short chapters, easy to read and yes, it can be a sad ending... I did not feel emotionally attached to the book. In other words, I did not shed a tear. Don't get me wrong - I do enjoy reading it. Its just not enough to pull me under the covers and think about what would I do if someone I loved knows I am going to die today and what will be my parting words? I felt it was not that strong enough to pull me there at the end but overall, its just good writing that I enjoy. One thing I know, there are some aspects that Adam Silvera explore about death but since this is a YA book, its theme is light and good enough to accept in any other way. Although I did not read his two previous books, I would say They Both Die At The End is a good book to read in one sitting.
I'll be honest, I struggled to finish this. I didn't like the whole second person point of view. I get that this is a book about mourning and loss which is fine, it just bored me. I couldn't care less about Theo (the one who died) and Griffin, our main character that is struggling. I'm sure many loved this as it is a popular author. Its just one of those books that is not my thing.
I decided to get this book with my September audible credit. I had heard so many great things about Adam Silvera’s work, I wanted to see for myself what the hype was all about. I definitely am impressed and I totally understand why so many people love his writing.
This book was interesting and enjoyable on so many levels. I was expecting something sad and depressing (I mean, look at the title) but it was so not the case. I admit some moments made me tear up, but it was such a beautiful story.
This book made me think a lot about life, how important and how short it is. About friendship and love and family. I was also trying to imagine what I would do if I knew when my last day was. I think I would not want to live in a world where death cast exist. Too stressful, I would definitely be more like Mateo than like Rufus, I think.
Mateo and Rufus relationship is developing fast (of course) but in a realistic way, it did not feel forced and I liked that. I feel it was really natural. I was a bit skeptic about the ending though, it felt a bit rushed to me but I kind of felt like it was the point, so definitely not a bad thing.I really enjoy the plot and the pacing. The events take place during one day so it made it really fast but really detailed at the same time. I totally recommend this book!