They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

by Adam Silvera
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Curator’s note

The premise of this novel is interesting: people get notified when a machine predicts that they will die within the next 24 hours. And as the title itself let slip, the two main characters of the novel will die by the end of the day. It’s the perfect recipe for a heart-wrenching novel about living in the face of death, about overcoming fears, about confronting mistakes, about love, and it delivers. By the end of the novel, a question lingers: we all die at the end, but how many of us are living like that’s truly the case?

Content warning: death is a prominent topic in the novel. 

This novel was donated by a lovely supporter of our library!


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.

About the author

Adam Silvera is the author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left MeThey Both Die at the End, and What If It's Us (co-written with Becky Albertalli). He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

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