First Impressions: Reviews of Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End


Adam Silvera‘s new book is out! They Both Die at the End is a contemporary young adult novel which follows two young men, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, who are informed that they are going to die on that day. They then meet-up and resolve to have one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

Here’s what people think of this new read:


“I have to say, this book really transcended the pages for me. I wasn’t just concerned about the characters or the storyline, but it forced me to address my own fears regarding death… As always, Adam’s writing style is wonderful. His teens always speak like teens. He excels in striking the correct balance between depth and comedy, and his talent for dark humor REALLY shined in this book.” – Emma Giordano, 5 out of 5 stars

“I loved History Is All You Left Me more, but this was still special and beautiful and I really like this author… The writing is captivating, the characters leap off the page, there is complex emotion entwined amongst boys who are learning what it is to live and die.” -Cait (Paper Fury), 4 out of 5 stars

“Don’t let the title fool you. This isn’t a book about death, but about life. It’s about becoming the person you want to be without fear holding you back… This is truly a book you come out of a different person then you went in.” – Riley, 5 out of 5 stars

Book Freak Revelations

“I hands-down adored Adam’s attempt at giving his book a lot more depth by telling his story through multiple POVs… The writing was a lot more poignant, true, and it I loved how in every chapter, there were such good quotes that readers would easily relate to, remember, and hopefully apply in real life. The impeccably fast pacing was also noteworthy, especially for those who love stories that one could pick up and hope to finish as soon as possible. Everything was well thought of and just undeniably impressive.” – JM Cabral, 5 out of 5 stars

Kirkus Reviews

“Present-tense chapters, short and time-stamped, primarily feature the protagonists’ distinctive first-person narrations. Fleeting third-person chapters give windows into the lives of other characters they encounter, underscoring how even a tiny action can change the course of someone else’s life. It’s another standout from Silvera, who here grapples gracefully with heavy questions about death and the meaning of a life well-lived.”

Rushville Republican

“Author Adam Silvera takes a bleak idea and spins it into a tale of friendship and caution-throwing… For sure, that’s heartbreaking, but it’s also darkly funny and oddly uplifting. There’s also a certain what if that lingers for a long time after you’ve closed the covers…”

Want to read it yourself? They Both Die at the End is now available in NBS for P459 in paperback. You can also get Silvera’s first two works, More Happy Than Not and History Is All You Left Me.

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