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You Know They Both Die At The End, But You Still Read It. They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

Oh, Adam Silvera. The King of #feels, The Ruler of #BringMeDown. Despite all the hype and excitement about receiving the review copy, I was… not a very happy camper while reading this. So, when it comes to this book as an experience, I’ve got three things to talk to you about: The Sweet, The Ugly and The Warning. 

so many feelings right now

Point 1. The Premise

The premise is pretty interesting. If you still haven’ heard, the idea of the story is that the world has this curious agency called DeathCast, and although we won’t be learning anything more about them or even how it all works, we will sure learn all about its effects on society. Basically, DeathCast calls people up on the night they die, to tell them to live a great last day – or #EndDay. These people are called Deckers. While someone might think this is a good thing, in my opinion, this is the cruelest thing ever (imagine knowing you die today??). What’s also interesting is how much this society seems fixated on death – there are whole social networks dedicated to showing the last days of deckers, movies and books written mostly just about it… Even being able to visit your own grave before you die that’s being dug out there – especially for you. Not creepy at all, right? I wouldn’t want to live in this society… it’s something of a nightmare.

Point 2. The Sweet

The main characters are adorable! I loved Mateo and Rufus. They’re well fleshed out and nice people. Mateo happens to be very afraid of death and, well, everything – so it’s pretty ironic that he gets called up at age 18 (ironic in a sad way…) Of all the people, Mateo doesn’t deserve to die, he’s such a wonderful sweetheart. But neither does Rufus. He might make his mistakes, but he’s a sweet, honest, playful person who is also much too young to go. Of course, our premise dictates that these two meet and have one last day, so there’s no way they’re getting out of this. But we do get to appreciate their one last kick before they go. Their relationship is very sweet, as well as the relationships they have with their friends. This whole book is basically just about relationships.

Point 3. The Ugly

The ugly, at least for me, was all of the pain, all of the loss. Even just the loss of time, the last moments. The ugliness of people who are petty, who won’t look past their own hurt. And it’s not just about the fact that the main characters are dying – the title of the book kind of already gives that away, so you know what you’re signing up for. But you don’t know what else you’re signing up for, cause it seems that these people have dealt with far more loss than most people have to deal with. At times, I felt like it was too much, too dark, too dense – maybe written to just intensify the colors, but overdone. Does everyone really have to have 5 dead people in their history? Everyone..? It’s not even realistic anymore, not mentioning the fact that it’s making me want to just… go and cry in the corner.

Then there are also all those questions, like is there a destiny? Do we have any free will? Or will everything we do still turn against us? And the funny thing, as it might be common with contemporaries, actually – you might guess one thing will happen, but you’ll probably be wrong. The end… the end is still worth the read. Although you kind of know what happens, and at the same time you don’t. But you know it’s going to be no less than bittersweet.

Point 4. And Finally… The Warning.

You might think you really want this book. I thought so too. But let’s try and think this through:

– are you a very sensitive person?
– have you lately been feeling blue, I don’t know, maybe even depressed?
– are you by any chance PMSing?
– did you even have even as much as a sad dream tonight?

If any of those are true, this is probably not something you should read then. If you’re still unaware of the themes by just looking at the name of the book (epic foreshadowing?), then I’ll tell you: THEY DIE. And NOT JUST THEM. There’s so much death in this book that you have no idea. I would say it’s maybe even overdone, cause pretty much anyone we meet has lost multiple people…not just that, throughout the day people keep falling like leaves off a tree. And there’s constant talk of loss – not just the loss of your life. If you can shoulder reading these themes – go for it. I found out the hard way. This book was seriously bringing me down.

If you still want to get it, you can support this blog by buying it from Book Depository. I have received a free review copy of this book through Edelweiss, and I thank HarperCollins / HarperTeen and Adam Silvera for it.

What are your thoughts on this super hyped-up book? Will you be reading it? What do you expect from it?

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Marta Pascual Pérez
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First of all I have loved your review. Secondly, even when it sound so depressing I might want to read this book, but when I am in an extremely happy mood.

Alyssa
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I’ll definitely be reading it, but from all the reviews I’ve read about how sad it is, I’ll be saving it for when I’m in the mood for a whole lot of sadness. Great review!

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
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Yikes, that does sound like an awful society to live in. But I think that if you lived in a society that worked like that with the end day warnings, you would in fact be constantly fixated on death. So that makes sense.

Anyway, I won’t be reading this. I avoid books like this. I like dark books, but not ones that are written just to be sad and make you cry and are all about death and grief and loss and whatnot. Like, I can deal with a character dying, just not when that’s the whole point of the book.

Sam @ WLABB
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I have More Happy Than Not and have avoided reading it, because I have heard that Silvera is the king of the sad story, and I gravitate more towards HEAs. I think you did a great job with your review and I really liked the breakdown.

strugglingwriter
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A good review. Maybe I’ll check it out from the library some day. Definitely sounds like an interesting premise, but also a downer.

Patrick Sean Lee
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Another great review! I almost want to read it, but the Title Spoiler kind of turns me off, you know? Knowing the eventual outcome of a story before I begin reading takes the “Surprise!” out of reading. I’m looking over my monitor at books in my bookshelf. “The Shadow of the Wind”. “In Sunlight and In Shadow”. In these and others, I sort of knew what the endings might, or should be, but my projections forward were never a certainty. That said, the characters and the journey were as important as the final outcome, and those two things kept me… Read more »
Geybie's Book Blog
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Oh, this is SO creepy and, agree with you, kind of heartless. I don’t know if I would enjoy this book. Even if I’m in a great mood, I’m not sure it would work for me. Awesome, honest review. Thanks for sharing. ❤️

Zoe @ Stories on Stage
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I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so I am so glad you enjoyed it so much as well! It sounds like such a powerful story. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

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Lashaan Balasingam
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Really original review format. It’s nice that you take into consideration the reader a lot for this review. I like that you mention how the darkness/sadness of this book might have actually been overdone. That’s something I don’t hear too often. At least Adam Silvera continues to live up to his name and tackles those tear-inducing themes and subjects to this day. Great review! 😀

Resh
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I have not read the book. But I see that it has been a very emotional one for you and touched your heart. I am not in the right mind for sad books. But I think I should read it some day (Esp since I have read none by Silvera and he is said to be amazing)

Aj @ Read All The Things!
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I loved More Happy Than Not, so I’m excited for this book, but I’m so nervous too! I know it might destroy me. Still, I can’t wait to read it. Great review!

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Jackie B.
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I haven’t read anything by Silvera before, but I’ve been warned that they are all giant wrecking balls aimed right for your feels. And they are quick little demons, too! You get punched over and over and over again. It sounds like this book did that to you, too. Perhaps to the point of numbness? Yes. I definitely am curious about this book. Do I think I’ll love it? No. Do I think it will mentally challenge me? Yes. My understanding is that Silvera wrote this book as a way to help a younger version of him understand that the… Read more »
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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You make a good point about all the death. I forgot to mention it in my review, but I remember thinking, “Why are there so many dead people in this book? Is it really realistic that SO MANY 18-year-olds or other really young people are dying in this city? And why does everyone have such tragic backstories full of death?”