PAGE TURNER: Teen adventure fiction success for Silvera

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Book Review: They Both Die at the End

 While shopping at Barnes & Noble on my 18th birthday, I almost left empty-handed, until I discovered They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. It was propped up in the young adult section with its grim yet intriguing title calling my name.

  They Both Die at the End centers around Rufus and Mateo, two teenagers from different backgrounds who both receive calls from a mysterious corporation called Death-Cast. They’re told they’re going to die that same day, known as their End Day. The two don’t know each other except through an app called the Last Friend; nonetheless, the two meet up to live a lifetime in just one day.

  I know. The premise sounds more depressing than other young adult novels such as The Fault in Our Stars and 13 Reasons Why, but it isn’t as bleak as you think. Despite its pessimism, They Both Die at the End is a hopeful and effective tale about living life to the fullest and not taking it for granted. The unique concept establishes those thoughts and represents them with care.

  Speaking of representation,  Silvera does a splendid job by representing the L.G.B.T. community through Rufus and Mateo. I was cautious upon hearing this, mostly due to the notorious history of writers including gay characters to spread a political message. However,  Silvera exceeded my expectations as he treated his characters like actual people. They Both Die at the End gives you a believable relationship between two strangers who are on the verge of death.

  Honestly, there isn’t anything bad I can say about They Both Die at the End. I began the book captivated and ended weeping into its pages. They Both Die at the End taught me to appreciate life while I still have it. If you’re a fan of adventure, They Both Die at the End is the book for you. I’d give it ♦♦♦♦♦.

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