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Literature / End of the Line

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Nobody rides for free and these kids are going to pay with their lives! No one cheats Death.

Final Destination: End of the Line is a novel by Rebecca Levene released in 2005 and the third Black Flame spin-off book.

A group of international students are expecting to live the wild life on a cultural exchange trip to New York, but soon find themselves the only survivors of a horrific subway crash. A young doctor treating the victims tells the students that they were meant to have died in the wreck but they just dismiss it as an idle fantasy. When the group start dying in bizarre and grotesque ways, it slowly becomes apparent that darker forces are at play.


End of the Line contains tropes such as:

  • Chainsaw Good: Mary-Beth gets sliced apart by one that's haphazardly swinging from scaffolding.
  • Death by Sex: James Barker and Bodil Raden.
  • Eye Scream: Jack Cohen slips and falls on the ground, getting a corkscrew in his eye. Instinctively, he pulls it out, along with part of his brain.
  • Final Girl: Louise King.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Danny and Louise King.
  • Human Pincushion: Bodil Raden and James Barker are impaled by umbrellas, of all things. The latter, however, had already passed out from blood loss after his arm was ripped off. Not that that's any less sadistic...
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Peter Hoffman gets impaled on gazelle horns.
  • Killed Off for Real: Surprisingly subverted for Louise. Played straight for everyone else, including Danny.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Good job tampering with your brother's brakes on his motorcycle and sending him to his death, Louise.
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  • The Reveal: Happens twice, back to back. The first reveal is that Kate Shelley inadvertently caused the deaths of all the survivors, and that she became a servant for Death after she was resuscitated during the Sux race. The second is that Louise also became a servant for Death after Kate brought her back to life after accidentally killing her. She ends up inadvertently killing her brother.

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