You have 24 Hours and no one to talk to. Go.


Death Cast has called Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to tell them they will die today. In 24 hours. Mateo has spent his life in fear of every risk, which is why he keeps to himself much of the time. He’s only ever known his dad and his only friend Lidia. Rufus, though, doesn’t have a family. He has the Plutos.

Now that they've gotten "the call," both discover they don't have anyone to talk to. When they were called they both find themselves with no one to talk to. Thanks to the App Last Friends for Deckers Mateo and Rufus find each other and live their last day together to the fullest. 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
They Both Died at the End taught me so many important life lessons. We all need to live every day to the fullest because we’ll never know if it is our last; even the smallest acts of kindness can make a big impact.

I really enjoyed the concept of the story, that everyone gets a heads up on the day of their death. I also really liked the different perspectives, as every character had a role that made them valuable to the story. Their relationships, emotions, and actions all had an impact and tugged at my heartstrings. Despite this, I had a hard time enjoying the book because it progresses slowly. I didn't feel the story was executed well.

Other things to look out for: violence and bad/mature language. The story also raises questions about mortality that some readers may find offensive or sensitive. All in all, I recommend this book for anyone 14 years or older. This would make a great gift for anyone who needs a little hope, even in the darkest times.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers looking to connect with teen characters will easily become friends with Mateo and Rufus. Although the title does give away the end, the book is hopeful and readers will feel uplifted.

Content Awareness Factors:

The story has violence and mature/foul language. Death is part of the plot which can make some readers uncomfortable.

NOTE: Although this has a middle-grade reading level, it is for more mature audiences in high school and older. 

Type of Book:
This is a day-in-the-life science fiction fantasy about two boys on their last day on earth. The reading level makes it a good choice for a high interest/low reading level reader.
Educational Themes:

This is a story made for a "table topic" or book clubs:

  • If you got the news you were going to die tomorrow, who would you tell? Why?
  • What would you do with those 24 hours?
  • Would you use an App to find someone to spend your time with or do something by yourself?
Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It is a book you can enjoy, but not one you are likely to come back to.

Title They Both Die at the End
Author Adam Silvera
Publisher HarperTeen, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2017
ISBN 9780062457790
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Family, Death and Loss, Contemporary Fiction, Social Issues
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