Silvera, Adam. “They Both Die at the End”, Harper Teen, 2017.
A Day in the Life
Just after midnight on September 5, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to tell them that they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus have never met and know nothing of each other but they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. This is so easy in this modern age of technology because there is an App called “Last Friend” and it brings Rufus and Mateo together for a great adventure that is to be their last. They each to live an entire lifetime in one day. This then becomes a story of friendship, love and loss.
I love the idea for the book in that it makes us think about what we would want to do if we know that the day was the last one we would ever have. Every moment suddenly becomes very important. Rufus and Mateo speak openly and honestly about what fate has brought them and how angry they are at the unfairness of life that has brought them to this point. They have an intense discussion about what it means to be alive, something that never thought about before and only do so now because their mortality is about to take them away.
Author Adam Silvera uses young queers to talk about mortality, diversity and disability and many of us are very surprised at what they have to say (and say it with eloquence). We are reminded that there is no life without death and, in fact, that death is a fact of life. There is also no love without loss and that in ne day, there is the possibility of change.