Winter 2018 Reading Group Indie Next List
“If you knew you were going to die within 24 hours, how would you spend your last day? Rufus and Matteo are 17 and 18 years old and healthy—but death does not discriminate. On the same day, they both receive calls from Deathcast, a service that lets you know it is your last day on Earth. Starting as strangers, they find each other through an app called ‘Last Friend,’ where you can find a person to spend your last day with. Adam Silvera skillfully writes with dark humor and introspection that will make you think about what you are truly living for.”
— Carissa Unite, Oblong Books and Music, Millerton, NY
Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
New York Times bestseller * 4 starred reviews * A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * A Kirkus Best Book of the Year * A Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 * A Bustle Best YA Novel of 2017 * A Paste Magazine Best YA Book of 2017 * A Book Riot Best Queer Book of 2017 * A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year * A BookPage Best YA Book of the Year
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—to live a lifetime in a single day.
In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”
Featuring a map of the novel’s characters and their connections, an exclusive essay by the author, and a behind-the-scenes look at the early outlines for this critically acclaimed bestseller.
About the Author
Adam Silvera is the number one New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, They Both Die at the End, Infinity Son, Infinity Reaper, and—with Becky Albertalli—What If It’s Us. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for his debut. Adam was born and raised in the Bronx. He was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing and has worked at a literary development company and a creative writing website for teens and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He is tall for no reason and lives in Los Angeles. Visit him online at www.adamsilvera.com.
“A bold, lovely, and haunting story of loss, hope, and the redeeming power of friendship.”
— Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall
★”Extraordinary and unforgettable.”
— Booklist (starred review)
★”It’s another standout from Silvera. Engrossing, contemplative, and as heart-wrenching as the title promises.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★”Over the course of an eventful day, these thoughtful young men speak honestly and movingly about their fate, their anger at its unfairness, and what it means to be alive, until their budding friendship organically turns into something more.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
★ “Silvera continues to masterfully integrate diversity, disability, and young queer voices into an appealing story with a lot of heart. A must-have for YA shelves.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)
“Adam Silvera uses his ample skill to force readers to examine how they live life now and how they want to live it. They Both Die at the End is a prime example of his skill at asking the most relevant questions of all of us.”
— Teen Vogue
“They Both Die at the End is beautiful and charged with emotion, and Silvera’s best work to date.”
— Jordan April, The River’s End Bookstore, for the Autumn 2017 Teen Indie Next List
“Silvera not only poignantly captures the raw emotion of facing your own morality, but creates such relatable and authentic characters you want to follow on their journey. His gorgeous writing and wonderful storytelling will wreck you in the very best possible way.”
“Themes of friendship, love, loss, and fate combine in this novel that should be read with a box of tissues close at hand.”