Of course I went and got attached to Mateo and Rufus DESPITE the fact that this book literally screams at you from the cover that this is not a book with characters you are going to want to get attached to, owing to the teeny tiny little fact that they are BOTH GOING TO DIE AT THE END.
Do they actually die at the end? Well of course I’m not going to tell you. But I will say that this book gave me heart palpitations and that I almost died at the end.
For the most part, I supremely loved/enjoyed/cried-my-way through this book. Sure, I had some questions that went unanswered about how the whole “Death Cast” thing worked (and I’m not really a fan of the fact that in order to subvert said questions, the book just basically says “nobody knows how it works so don’t ask”) and about why the heck the soon-to-be-dead people call themselves deckers of all things, but despite those unresolved queries it was easy to fall into this book and get sucked into this alternate-reality 2017 world. It was even easier to find myself so so so grateful that we don’t actually live in a world where a company knows what day we’re all going to die and informs us of it the morning of our imminent death. Like, jeez, who would even want to know that? It’s kind of a buzzkill, if you ask me.
Anyway, moving along, I loved Mateo and Rufus and thought that they made a great pair. I’m a sucker for contemporary characters with good hearts (no matter how scruffy they may seem on the outside) and Rufus and Mateo were both chalk-full of heart. Speaking of heart, does anyone have an extra one I could borrow? I seem to have left mine shattered across the final pages of this novel. I seriously don’t know why I even read anymore. I’m always breaking things, namely my heart/soul/humanity.
If you want a torturously good love/friendship/life story – They Both Die at the End is definitely for you. Really, my only complaint is that THE ENDING IS AHAHASLKFJKSAHDGOIASHGLSKDHGKLASDJFKLGHASGIOAWHG. I wanted to know so many things that I DID NOT GET TO KNOW. And that is a slow and burning torture I will have to live with for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, the rest of the book as a whole is so freaking wonderful that I still love it and I can’t stop thinking about it. So, I suppose it definitely did what it was meant to do. It’s a good one, just bring your tissues and don’t say I didn’t warn you, okay?
Rating: 4.5/5 stars