Bookworms… prepare the tissue boxes for this one because if we know one thing for sure about Adam Silvera, it is that he will make us cry buckets upon buckets with his storytelling. And we kind of love him for that in a morbid kind of way, we suppose. Anyway, we were pretty lucky to get our hands on an advanced copy of The First To Die At The End and give you a bit of insight into this story before its release on October 4th!
As we really enjoyed They Both Die At The End, we couldn’t wait to dive into this prequel! And honestly, the easter eggs and connections to the first book we get to enjoy in this prequel were more than worth it! But let us not ramble on or spoil you too much and let’s get into the reasons why the heartbreak that The First To Die At The End will cause you is all worth it!
About The First To Die At The End
Content Warnings: Homophobia, 9/11, Death, Blood, Guns, Domestic Violence, Shootings.
It’s the night before Death-Cast goes live, and there’s one question on everyone’s mind: Can Death-Cast actually predict when someone will die, or is it just an elaborate hoax?
Orion Pagan has waited years for someone to tell him that he’s going to die. He has a serious heart condition, and he signed up for Death-Cast so he could know what’s coming.
Valentino Prince is restarting his life in New York. He has a long and promising future ahead and he only registered for Death-Cast after his twin sister nearly died in a car accident.
Orion and Valentino cross paths in Times Square and immediately feel a deep connection. But when the first round of End Day calls goes out, their lives are changed forever—one of them receives a call, and the other doesn’t. Though neither boy is certain how the day will end, they know they want to spend it together…even if that means their goodbye will be heartbreaking.
5 Reasons Why The First To Die To At The End Is Worth A Read
The Questions It Raises
Adam has a beautiful way with his stories to include important life questions and lessons into them. You might think The First To Die To At The End is just another queer love story, but no the book will make you question everything you believe in. While we were reading we had to question our morals many times and what life would be like with Death Cast. Would we register for it? Are people only dying because of the fact they know they are supposed to die? Is the inventor of Death Cast right or wrong? So many questions upon questions. We love it, since a book that makes you think will always be a great book.
The Lessons It Teaches
The book not only will make you end up questioning your life while reading but Orion and Valentino (and the many wonderful side characters) are here to teach you something as well. Enjoy life while you can. Live each day to the fullest and always try to choose yourself first and don’t wait for the end to come to start to live. You can live through an entire life’s story in a single day. Make new friends, fall in love and save a life. The First To Die To At The End is amazing for that message alone. Let’s celebrate life while we can!
Fall In Love With New York City
We absolutely love the setting of The First To Die To At The End. Adam does an amazing job at putting the city into a great light and it makes you just fall in love with every corner of New York City. No matter how dark it might seem everything has meaning behind it and we would love to have been able to spend a day with our two main characters in this big city. One thing is for sure: High Line Park is now number one on our list of places to be visited asap (and cry while doing so). Thank you Adam.
The First To Die To At The End‘s main characters are everything to us – no we are not exaggerating. We instantly fell in love with Orion and Valentino and we think you will do the same. Not only are these boys super likable, three-dimensional, and in-depth but they fit together like a glove. We loved to see the friendship and love develop between these two and wish we could read an AU where Death Cast does not exist and they meet under better circumstances. However, the bad news that hangs over this duo doesn’t stop them from having absolutely amazing chemistry not only with each other but also with their families respectively. We loved to witness all of these characters interacting it was truly a joy to read even if we were crying throughout most of these scenes. (Scarlett we love you so much)
The Historic Setting
The First To Die To At The End tackles a lot of heavy topics which also include dealing with the aftermath of 9/11 since one of our characters has a personal history with this sad day. However, Adam does a good job of including the events of this tragic day into the story and honors the heroes and victims of the day. Orion and Valentino even make their way to the 9/11 memorial in the book to pay their respects. Since The First To Die To At The End takes place in 2010 it isn’t even finished yet which makes the story even more realistic and kind of heartbreaking. We appreciate how well everything was done in this book to complete the story. Adam’s way with words is admirable and it all just happens to make you cry just that much harder.
We can’t wait to discuss this book further with you! Remember The First To Die To At The End by Adam Silvera is out October 4th and is available for preorder here!
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