I can’t lie… I was really disappointed by this one.
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. –goodreads.com summary
Let me clarify, I by no means hated this book, but I just thought it was extremely meh. There’s nothing really wrong with it— it’s a very quick read with interesting enough plot and characters, but nothing really stood out.
Now, if you followed my blog back in the summer (or you’ll probably have seen this because I talk about it a lot) you might’ve seen my review of History is All You Left Me. I LOVED that book! I rave about it all the time both online and to friends because it touched me in SO many ways, so, as you might guess, I was crazy hyped for They Both Die at The End. What was different about They Both Die (as I am going to call it for now) that made it just average while History was amazing? Well my reading raccoon, that’s why you’re here isn’t it 😊
The Characters: It’s no secret that I related to the characters in History and that made the story twenty times more real for me, so what about the characters in They Both Die? They were fine. Honestly, I think a big reason I didn’t connect with the book as much, is because I just didn’t really care too much about the characters. I felt as if I was just watching their life go by on a movie screen— not like I was actually a part of their story.
The Plot: Both of these plots are fairly simplistic and character driven. The major difference comes in that the characters in History are dealing with grief after someone has died, and They Both Die is dealing with the fear of death. Both of these plots have the potential to bring light to some amazing themes about grief, love, loss, and how you want to be remembered, but sadly I just never felt a connection with anyone in They Both Die to the point that I’d cry if something happened to them. Yup, that’s right, the person who cried like a baby reading History barely teared up reading They Both Die. That, in and of itself, is a disappointment.
As I said, the plot of They Both Die moves quick enough that I could see someone reading it in one sitting. The main issue comes in when you don’t care too much about the characters. In both History and They Both Die, the characters are the backbone of the plot— if you don’t care about the characters, you don’t have much reason to continue reading.
I know, it sounds like I hated They Both Die at the End, but I’m only rambling so much because I expected better and have read better by the author. It’s not a bad book by any means, and I don’t regret picking it up, but I just wanted more. I wanted a book that would rip my heart out and leave me wanting more from Adam Silvera— this was just… meh. Because I was such a fan of History is All You Left Me, I will be keeping up with Adam Silvera and whatever else he writes. Hopefully, I’ll love his next book more.