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Book Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera - Reviewed by Cal's Constant Raving Reviews (04 Oct 2018)
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MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK: Before you call me heartless and immune to the power of diverse books, please know I appreciated the solemness of this book. I appreciate it going against the grain. The reason this is not rated higher for me was that it made me anxious. Every single time I picked it up. The only other book that made me feel this way was I'll Give You the Sun.
CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS: Mateo: Mateo is our soft gay ??. I totally relate to his thought process, which initially made me not want to read on. I like reading different perspectives sometimes. They bring the unexpected! As the story progresses, all I cared about was his unfortunate story.
Rufus: Rufus was rad to start off with, but I soon felt disconnect to his life-story. Also I got sick of him saying "yo", "mad" and "man". It seemed way to artificial, but who am I to judge???
PLOT: It's modern day, but allegedly everyone (though I'm sure it's more exclusively Americans) are told the day they're going to die. The catch: it's on the day, usually at 12am.
Mateo and Rufus are like: oh man that blows.
So through the beauty of social media, they befriend each other. They say goodbye.
That's about it.
I was expecting cooler sci-fi elements where they try to defy the system or discover how the Death Cast works.
STRUCTURE: This story alternates mainly between Mateo and Rufus, but there are fun elements of other characters who cross paths with the boys, who may or may not be dying. I really enjoyed Silvera starting each new perspective with "___ is/not going to die today, because Death Cast did/not call them."
THEMES: - ... death - gay latin dudes - all the sad moments in John Green but slightly warped and stretched so it's a bit "meh" than WOW KILL ME.
THE ENDING: (view spoiler) It was a little drawn out, since this entire book is leading to their deaths. I was still surprised about Mateo at the end, though. So... props to that!
IMPACT: Yeah so I now know that Silvera certainly isn't so epically profound for me, but I do appreciate his writing style. It's poetic. However, I generally dislike YA contemporary and his writing is no exception for turning me over.
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City.
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