- "There are things we all know, horrible truths we are all aware of, but that knowledge doesn't ease the pain."— Nick, Oktober
This web novel provides examples of:
- Arc Number: 636
- Arc Words: "I've seen how this ends" seems to be cropping up a lot.
- Adult Fear: Smith's wife being killed, and his daughter being tortured and forced to commit murder, before being killed in front of him.
- Bilingual Bonus: "Le Cafe de Nourriture" that Matthias is fond of translates to "The Cafe of Food".
- Born Lucky: Renard is the epitome of this.
- Color-Coded Characters: Each character's color is prominently displayed on the page when they are narrating.
- Cool Car: Depending on who you ask, Katie is either a Studebaker Avanti, Jaguar E-Type, or 1964 Mustang. All of which are pretty awesome cars. Also, apparently you're not allowed in the trunk.
- Compelling Voice: Nick, but at this point it's just Informed Ability.
- Crazy Awesome: Natasha, emphasis on the crazy.
- Hell, as of the end of Book 1, I'd just call her plain crazy.
- The Gambler: Renard.
- Intrepid Reporter: What Nick thought being a journalist would be like.
- Mind Screw: Bascially
all of Natasha's entriesthe entire thing.
- Specifically, every one of Natasha's entries are mindbending. Chapter 5 deserves special mention though. Then there is the Labyrinth chapter, during which each character is trapped in some sort of bizarre nightmare world. Additionally, Katie's trunk, which is a secret up until Chapter 6. You assume that there is money or drugs in there, but then it's a portal to some alternate universe. And after Nick gets out of the labyrinth and starts talking to the reader, well...
- Literary Agent Hypothesis: Could potentially work until Nick realizes he isn't real, and is a character in a book.
- Painting the Medium: In addition to the varying colors of the "k"s, each character has a special 'theme' that the site uses.
- "Oh, huh. See I always thought you used American speech patterns cause of lazy writing."
- "Rashomon"-Style: Each character recounts the events in varying ways, see Unreliable Narrator below.
- Secret Police: Natasha is Ex-KGB, it's not been revealed exactly what she did in the KGB, nor why she left. Presumably she was a low-level field agent, without much important knowledge, or else she wouldn't have been let go easily (unless she ran away).
- Title Drop: Throughout the thing.
- Unreliable Narrator: None of the characters tell the exact truth.
- Web Serial Novel to be exact.