‘They Both Die at the End’ will Ironically Make You Feel Alive

You don’t go into reading this book thinking there’d be a happy ending. You don’t expect a miracle from a novel with a title “They Both Die At the End” because there simply just would not be and wishful thinking won’t help the already set course of this story.

So… they both die at the end. Okay, what’s so amazing about a book that basically promises you that both protagonists will die at the end anyway? Well, here’s a simple answer: everything.

I’ve spent years living safely to secure a longer life, and look where that’s gotten me. I’m at the finish line but I never ran the race.

It’s the 5th of September, 2017 and Death-Cast called Rufus and Mateo and informed these two 18-year-old boys that they are going to die today. The “operator” does not know how and does not know when exactly during the day it will happen. But one thing’s for sure: before the clock strikes midnight, these two will die.

It’s 2017 and we’re in a world where we get to know that we are going to die on the day that we’re going to die. Death-Casters call people by 12AM to let them know that it’s going to be their End Day and wow… wouldn’t that just fucking suck.

But then again, on the semi-brighter side, in this alternate world, an app called “Last Friend” also exists. This is kinda like your average dating apps that we already have today but its main purpose is to connect Deckers (those who are dying) with one last friend who could be with them on their one last chance at living the life that they’ve always wanted (or not… well, it really depends on the Decker or both of them).

And this is where Rufus and Mateo met. Both Deckers. Both doomed to die on this fateful day.

Except for the fact that it’s both their End Day and they’re both teenage boys, these two really have nothing in common. One is a pretty outgoing dude who likes adventures and one is a paranoid loner who likes keeping it safe.

When they meet, they both realize that they actually do need each other and this is where their adventure begins.

You may be born into family, but you walk into friendships. Some you’ll discover you should put behind you. Others are worth every risk.

They Both Die at the End is not just about death; it’s about life as well.

We go on with our lives thinking there’d always be a tomorrow to look forward to but in reality (since we don’t have Death-Cast in this life), we actually don’t know if it’s going to be our last day on earth.

This book teaches us to make our lives count and, as cliche as this may sound, to live our lives to the fullest.

A truly captivating story about life, love, heartbreak, friendship, and just doing the best that you can and being the best that you can be while you still have time.

Maybe it’s better to have gotten it right and been happy for one day instead of living a lifetime of wrongs.


Check out my 2018 Reading Challenge — a growing list of books that I read this year.

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