They Both Die at the End
They Both Die at the End tells the story of the last day of Rufus and Mateo, two teens determined to live it to the fullest. Full of personal growth, taking risks, and creating bonds, this story ...
- Plot Progression4.0
- Emotional Trauma4.6
- Re-Readability Measure4.0
They Both Die at the End tells the story of the last day of Rufus and Mateo, two teens determined to live it to the fullest. Full of personal growth, taking risks, and creating bonds, this story is both uplifting and tragic.
In short, I am an awful human being. I’m the person that looks up what happens at the end of the movie online while watching it. I’m the person that gets so stressed out at the conflict happening in the book that I read the ending just to reassure myself that everything was going to work out. Sometimes, I even skip suspenseful scenes in T.V. shows just because I can’t take it.
In light of this, I always get asked why I continue watching or reading until the end, even though I know what is going to happen. They Both Die at the End is a testament to my response.
One can only guess how the story ends. They both die. But does that make it any less emotionally distressing? Not in the slightest.
After being informed that their lives would be coming to a close sometime in the next twenty-four hours, Rufus and Mateo, two strangers, decide to live their last day to the fullest. By chance, they end up meeting, and thus, adventure ensues.
I enjoyed the plot a lot, actually. It was interesting, and really sweet. It put me into this mindset of “how would I feel if I knew I was going to die? How would I deal with the announcement?” Like, for them, they knew that it was their last stretch. You would think the story would be depressing because of that weight placed on their shoulders, but it wasn’t. The idea of being told you were going to die was so mainstream, so normalized in their society, that the imminence, that menacing quality to the call, was dampened.
The plot progression of They Both Die at the End was also constantly suspenseful, since either characters could die at any given moment, so even the simple act of walking down the stairs caused me anxiety!
I cried over these characters. They grew so much, even though the novel only expands over a single day, and I was so proud of the people Mateo and Rufus became. I felt like a proud mother hen.
Mateo’s such a ray of sunshine, it’s insane. He’s awkward and shy in the most endearing respect. To add to his cuteness is his obsession with music, and how hesitant he is to show it. When Mateo got upset, it BROKE me! That’s what I loved so much about the book; it left me heartbroken, though inspired by it’s message.
Rufus was a great, well-rounded character too, though I didn’t take to him as much as I did Mateo. I loved how he influenced my cutie-pie, though. He was the embodiment of everything Mateo wanted to be: Passionate, daring, and unashamedly himself.
Adam Silvera is one of those authors that makes you feel things. I went through a very wide range of emotions, each one more potent than the last. Even though, from the get-go, the reader and the characters know how the story will end, all of the elements of a great novel are still there. The suspense, character development, and plot twists make the book worth reading.
All in all, They Both Die at the End was a memorable read, and one I would recommend to anyone. It melted my rock-hard heart, and I’m sure it will do the same to yours.