Friday, September 1, 2017

Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen  
Source: Eldeweiss  
Format: e-ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Contemporary/Science Fiction 

When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn't know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it's his last chance to get out there and make an impression. Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it's time to run. Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love... 

I have to be careful when picking up an Adam Silvera book and reading in public because this is what will happen...

I don't understand how it happens but when reading a book written by Adam, I am taken to a place where my emotions just flood out of me. I lose myself at the beginning and by the end I find myself all over again. But most importantly, I see myself in the pages, the words, the scenes, everywhere. 

Now, what would I do if I had just one day to live? Call my parents and let them know how much I love them, go to a bookstore, go tell the guy I have a crush on how much they mean to me, go live one final day? For Mateo and Rufus that is exactly what they did, among other things. 

I knew this was going to be a little bit of a different read for me just after just reading the letter to the reader at the beginning of the book. Adam is one of the most open authors that I have a pleasure of knowing and meeting and every word that is written a piece of soul is placed into it. He writes exquisite scenes with a story that, although is futuristic, is so relatable to our lives now. 

Rufus and Mateo are fantastic characters. They have so much going on in their lives and the last thing they need is a call telling them they have 24 hours to live. Finding friendship and much more with the help of an app, the two take you on an adventure where final goodbyes, being somewhat of a risk taker, and finding one last love is the key to living out one final day. 

I think the ending is where everything was released and the tears flowed. I wish I could have been there. I wish I could have stopped it all from happening. But what really stuck with me is that in the end, is are we really going to wait for the time we only have twenty four hours to live? Or are we going to go out and enjoy life? 

There is no doubt in this world that there will never be a moment of hesitation when picking up a book by Adam Silvera. I do not know if there is even a chance that I will dislike his books. Scratch that. There won't be. if you are looking for a book full of raw emotions then this book is for you. There are not enough words in my vocabulary to tell you how truly marvelous this book is, so you will just have to see for yourself. 

I give this book 5 souls!

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