Summary of They Both Die at the End
Summary of They Both Die at the End
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Summary of They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a young adult, science fiction novel published in 2017. Set in a dystopian alternate version of New York City in September 2017, the book follows two teenagers, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, who both have been notified by Death-Cast that they will die by the… (more)

Summary of They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a young adult, science fiction novel published in 2017. Set in a dystopian alternate version of New York City in September 2017, the book follows two teenagers, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio, who both have been notified by Death-Cast that they will die by the end of the day. Death-Cast, the defining feature of Silvera’s dystopia, is a company that predicts citizens’ deaths and notifies them when they have 24 hours left to live. This study guide refers to the first paperback edition of the novel published by HarperTeen in 2018.

In the world of the novel, Death-Cast notifies citizens of the day they will die. A person’s final day alive is referred to as their End Day, and people experiencing their End Day are called “Deckers.” Society is different due to the existence of the Decker population: Some blogs follow Deckers on their End Days, bars that serve Deckers looking to party before they die, and an app called Last Friend that matches Deckers with another person so they do not have to spend their final day alone. The book focuses on the End Day shared by two Decker teenagers, Mateo and Rufus, who meet through Last Friend. 

The novel deals with themes of mortality and the inevitability of death, the importance of friendship, and the experiences of LGBT teens of color. The novel is a New York Times bestseller, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and Booklist Editors’ Choice of 2017, among other praise. 

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Publisher: Ben Business Group Llc (April 19, 2021)

File size: 714 KB

Protection: DRM free

Language: English

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