Book Review

In light of the most recent celebrity tragedies such as the death of Mac Miller, the weight of someone gone too soon hangs even more heavy on our hearts as we are reminded to take advantage of every single day we have here with our loved ones. 

In Adam Silvera’s third novel, “They Both Die at the End,” he reminds us not to take our time for granted. 

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio live in a version of New York set in the near future; a future that possesses the technology to let you know when you are going to die. In this world, a service called Death-Cast calls you at midnight to let you know that sometime in the next 24 hours, you will meet your end. There is no how or why, no instructions, you are simply left to live out your last day as you so choose.

Mateo and Rufus both receive their calls and find each other through the Last Friend App, a service that pairs people with others who want to make the most out of their final hours.

Taking place in the span of a single day, Silvera creates a book that packs a powerful and timely punch and forces readers to ask themselves some hard questions. How would you spend today if you knew it was your last? Are you living your life to the fullest? 

The book lives up to the high standards of any Adam Silvera book. The writing is timely and poignant — Silvera always perfectly captures the tone of the youth of today — funny, cynical and thought-provoking. In addition to the numerous awards and honors the book has received, it is also the first book featuring queer boys of color to debut on the New York Times Best Seller List. And of course, in true Silvera fashion, it is a book that will definitely make you reach for the tissues.

Adam Silvera is an automatic-buy author for me — I will always read anything and everything he puts out into the world. His first novel, “More Happy Than Not,” is still my personal favorite, but “They Both Die at the End” is a strong second. 

It is impossible to put down a book like this and walk away from it unaffected, and if you have been feeling a little lost by the recent tragedies the artistic community has faced, I would highly recommend picking a book like this up. 

KIM LARSEN is a Night Editor for The Vidette and is also a blogger. She can be contacted at vidette_kelars1@ilstu.edu

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