Buddy Review| They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

We have been reading a lot of the same books lately, haha. So once again we have another buddyread for our readers. This time a book that we have both really been interested in since it was released and finally made time to read. Keep reading to find out what we thought about this book!


They Both Die at the End is Adam Silvera’s third book. 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.


Candyce: This cover is beautiful. It’s simple but breathtaking! After reading this book I have to say that it makes even more of an impression. It fits this story well.

Isabelle: The cover is pretty simple at first glance but definitely beautiful. I agree that it fits the story well and I like that you see more details when you look a bit longer, like that creepy shadow!


“Why can’t we have a chance?” I ask Rufus.
“A chance at what?” He’s looking around, taking pictures of the arena and the lines.
“A chance at another chance.” I say.”


Candyce: The plot of this story is so unique! And it really got me thinking. What would I do if Death-Cast called me and told me I would die in the next 24 hours. This is what happens to both Mateo and Rufus. Both of them deal with in their own way, but the Last Friend app brings them together. With this book taking place in a span of less than 24 hours I really wondered if I would be able to connect to the characters and if it would be possible for them to bond. I really shouldn’t have worried at all! Adam Silvera creates a story that all connects together and makes you care for these characters. I love how this world is all connected to these Death-Cast calls. There are tons of things made for the people dying in the next day. A kind of Make a Wish foundation and being able to travel the world in 80 minutes. During their day together they try and come to terms with their early end. I love the fact that they are so different, Mateo is rather shy and mostly stays in his own room and Rufus lost both of his parents and is in foster care. We meet him while he is beating up a guy. Even so different they are both scared and mad that they are dying so young and help each other with processing some of their fears and helping them accomplish some things they never thought they would do. In times of sadness they find their own happiness. I was very connected to the characters and didn’t want to say goodbye. Even thought I knew how this would all end, this book had me in tears and I wanted more! I have read all three of Adam Silvera’s book and I have to say this was his best one yet!

Isabelle: This book was heartbreaking! Before you start the book, you already know the ending, the title says it all: They Both Die at the End. But even though you’ve been warned, that ending came like a punch in the gut. I was just sobbing while getting through the last couple of chapters and I didn’t really anticipate that to be honest. I will continue about this when talking about the characters but I wasn’t sure if Adam would be able to convince me in this story, since it only takes place over the span of about 24 hours. I shouldn’t have been worried about that at all, the only thing I should’ve been worried about was if my heart would be intact after reading this one 😉 I’m already looking forward to reading his next book.

The general story in this book had me thinking a lot, what would I do and how would I react to the news of my immenent death? It’s not something you can fully grasp and it’s so hard to imagine but at the same time it’s super interesting. The book doesn’t give an explanation as too how Death-Cast knows who’s dying, but I wasn’t bothered by that. That simply wasn’t what the story was about and knowing it wouldn’t have made a difference. I do however think that Death-Cast might be the reason for some of the deaths in this novel, people get reckless or hopeless, which is the reason for their deaths. It made me really mad and sad and I just had so many feelings haha. I can see why some say that the message, live your life to the fullest, has been done so many times already, but I think it was done beautifully in this novel and would recommend it to everyone.

I really enjoyed the chapters in between Rufus’ and Mateo’s chapters, where you got different POV’s. It was fun to see how they were all somewhat connected and have a tiny glimpse into other peoples lives and End Days. In the real world everything is connected as well, and like I said I really enjoyed seeing that in this story.


“I cannot tell you how you will survive without me. I cannot tell you how to mourn me. I cannot convince you to not feel guilty if you forget the anniversary of my death, or if you realize days or weeks or months have gone by without thinking about me. I just want you to live.”


Candyce: Mateo was really sweet. He wants to experience all that life has, but is scared. He never knew his mother, she died right after he was born. So he is really close to his father, who is unfortunately in a coma when he is called by Death-Cast. He has a meltdown. If it’s up to him he would stay in his bedroom until it happens. He decides to download the Last Friend app and after a few unlucky encounters he finds Rufus. He lets Rufus pull him out of his shell and experiences so many things he never thought he would. Mateo is able to find peace and be happy before his end.

Rufus hasn’t had an easy few months. His parents and sister all got the call on the same day. He was the only one who didn’t. Unfortunately Rufus was there when they lost their lives and has a hard time dealing with that. Luckily he has found a good group of friends in the foster home he lives in. Rufus also met his now ex girlfriend Aimee there who hurt him bad. Even after his call he has bad luck. While hosting his own funeral, his goodbyes are cut short, because Aimee’s now boyfriend called the cops. Rufus feels cheated of his last moments. After he is matched with Mateo he learns stuff about himself while helping him do stuff Mateo would never dare. He finally takes the time to live his last moments. Rufus comes to peace with things he hadn’t dealt with and learns to feel new things.

I think both of them went through an incredible journey in such a short span of time. They really made the most of their final moments and learned more about themselves along the way. The other characters along the way are so well connected with the story and I loved how the author weaved them in the story so well. It added some extra feelings to the whole story.

Isabelle: I was a bit hesitant at first, like we said, would I be able to connect with the characters in the span of less than 24 hours. And maybe even more importantly, would I believe their connection? In the end the character were what drove the story and what made it such an incredible read for me. The plot is super obvious from the start, but the characters is what its all about. And what a great set of characters Adam wrote for us <3

Mateo is quite shy and even though he plans on making the most of his End Day he doesn’t run out of his apartment to do al kinds of crazy things. No he stays in character very well and slowly, very slowly starts doing brave things. He love how considerate he was and that it took him quite a while to start trying new things.

Rufus seems more ready to meet his end but at the same time he’s very angry. During the story both you the reader and he realise that, that anger isn’t just from getting his call from Death-Cast. Rufus’ transformation was less clear than Mateo’s but it was there none the less. Adam just writes characters really, really well, and their development is amazing.


“You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.”


Clearly we both really loved this novel! Even though you know what’s coming, you get attached to these characters and I would suggest keeping some Kleenex close by 😉

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This book was beautiful and heartbreaking, but so worth the read! Have any of you read this book yet?

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