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Endless Summer is a Visual Novel that is part of the Choices: Stories You Play collection. The series is split into 3 books; Book 1 aired from December 2016 to April 2017, Book 2 aired from June 2017 to October 2017, and Book 3 aired from December 2017 to April 2018.

In this story, you and your friends are on a vacation to La Huerta, but upon arriving to the Caribbean island, you guys realize that something is quite wrong.

All the Character Tropes are in the new section.

Not to be confused with the freeware Russian VN from 2013, whose English title is Everlasting Summer. It also shouldn't be confused with the 1964 surf film The Endless Summer, or with the 1974 Greatest Hits Album Endless Summer by The Beach Boys.


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  • Abusive Parents: Sean's father was abusive to him and his mother.
    • Aleister's father Rourke was also the same way to him.
  • Action Survivor: At this point, most of the group has been involved in first-hand action through the forest, cave, against wild prehistoric creatures, and even to an active volcano.
    • Book 2 now includes having to fight against an elite black-ops paramilitary unit.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: In Book 1 Chapter 4, Taylor spies on Raj sleeping on a massage chair. If Taylor chooses to prank Raj, he finds the prank funny (if he likes Taylor) as do Craig and Zahra.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: In Book 1 Chapter 11, Craig worries that because of what may or may not have happened off the island, that they should start repopulating. The girls are obviously disgusted.
  • A Day in the Limelight: While you can gain points with characters across chapters, certain chapters, especially with premium choices, are made specifically for gaining points with specific characters. For example, Chapter 7 gets you points with Craig and Zahra and Chapter 9 has a big chance to get points with Estela.
    • Book 2 has these in the catalyst idols that correspond to each of the party.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: In Book 2 Chapter 4, when you're asked about the Twelve Catalysts, you have the option to say it sounds like a metal band. Craig finds it funny but Zahra groans, saying this isn't the time for jokes.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Chapter 9 allows Taylor to see through Raj in a premium choice.
  • Animal Motif: Each of the character files you get in the premium choices all have different animal/mythical creature stamps.
    • In order: Sean (eagle), Grace (swan), Raj (centaur), Estela (dragon), Jake (wolf), Diego (dog), Zahra (crow), Craig (bear), Michelle (peacock), Quinn (dolphin), Rourke (hydra), Aleister (snake). The only one without an animal/mythical creature stamp is Taylor, who has a double helix stamp.
  • Arc Number: 1908. In Book 1 Chapter 13, it's the wine bottle that activates a secret passage in the wine cellar and Rourke's cheat code to Most Wanted 2. In Book 2 Chapter 3, he issues Directive 1908 to have Iris turn to his side. Aleister's birthday also happens to be on the 19th of August.
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: In-Universe in Book 1 Chapter 10: If Taylor goes with Sean into the pod, they are surrounded by constellations. Ones that don't match where the island is and haven't looked like that for millions of years.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In Book 1 Chapter 4, Aleister calls out Diego for calling a smilodon Jurassic when it's actually Pleistocene.
  • Art Major Biology: Craig thinks that eating a candy bar he dropped into a public hot tub is fine cause hot water is sterile.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In Book 1 Chapter 11, a sea monster comes out of the sea. Book 2 Chapter 6 reveals that it's the Sea Guardian, Cetus.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Even though a number of them are at odds with each other, they get in a group hug and admit they love each other before going through the time portal.
  • Back from the Dead: Allowing Rourke to continue with Project Janus will result in Lila, Olivia Montoya, Lundgren, and Mike brought back to life.
  • Batman Gambit: If you don't have the cutlass from Book 1 or don't give it to Yvonne, Sean and Michelle have Craig break down a wall by having him see a rival college team, then charging it down.
  • Battle Amongst the Flames: One of the alternate timelines in Book 3 Chapter 12 has Aleister and Rourke getting into a swordfight in the burned out ruins of Hartfeld.
  • Betty and Veronica: The love interests are divided into this. The Bettys are Sean (heroic and kind) and Quinn (sweet and bubbly). The Veronicas are Jake (cynical and sarcastic) and Estela (aloof and abrasive).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The most notable examples include:
    • Grace's profile says she has a criminal record (even her photo is a police mugshot). A flashback reveals that she smashed her professor's car after she got a B on a paper. Her threat level is 6.
    • Lila isn't as happy going as she looks. Zahra doesn't trust her at all, she hides something from Rourke's office in her pocket, and she is trying to find out how much IRIS knows about her. She will get defensive if Taylor points out how similar they look, or will completely change the subject the moment IRIS tells Taylor about her DNA scannings of the group.
  • Bi the Way: The four love interests are available for romance regardless of the gender chosen for Taylor. In the same run s/he can flirt with Quinn, Jake, Sean or Estela, or even kiss one or more of them.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Estela returns in Book 1 Chapter 8 to help save the group from the giant crab.
  • The Big Damn Kiss:
    • Taylor has two Premium options to make out with Quinn.
    • Another premium option lets Taylor and Sean kiss while they are inside the pod at the Observatory.
    • After they encounter the sea monster, Taylor falls into the water and can choose to kiss either Sean or Jake during the rescue.
    • If Taylor chooses to help Grace confess to Aleister, she will eventually give him an innocent kiss on the cheek before saying she likes him.
    • New Year's Eve in Book 2 Chapter 10 gives us plenty: Taylor with Sean/Jake/Quinn/Estela, Diego and Varyyn share their first kiss, Grace pounces on Aleister, and Zahra and Craig make out for the first time since they went their separate ways.
  • Big Eater: Craig is this. Michelle said he once ate a rock, which he clarifies he did on a dare, winning ten bucks. Paying diamonds to get into the VIP club in Book 1 Chapter 7 has Zahra not only call Craig a human garbage disposal, but also reveal Craig once ate a candy bar he dropped in a public hot tub.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Book 1 Chapter 7 has Raj reveal that his family fights a lot. His uncle threw a candle at [Raj's] father and set half the house on fire. It was usually sorted out by his grandmother making big feasts to get them back together.
  • Birds of a Feather: Both Aleister and Grace are very smart and have fun talking about scientific themes. If Taylor decides to help Grace confess to Aleister, they both will talk about how she understands his "Well Done, Son!" Guy, since she has the same relationship with her mother.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Multiple Endings of Book 3 Chapter 12 give these in every outcome.
    • If Rourke wins, Taylor gets a real past and Diego is still bound to be Taylor's friend, but Rourke becomes Emperor of the Earth, a three-year service is instituted after college with Lundgren as General, Vaanu gets consummed by Project Janus, the friendships and Character Developments are Ret Goned, Quinn is still dying, Jake is still a fugitive, and Varyyn and the Vaanti are in concentration camps.
    • If Taylor and the gang stay on the island, they live happily in La Huerta, but the rest of the world dies.
    • If Taylor chooses to merge with Vaanu again, everyone gets to continue with their normal lives, Rourke gets a trial, Varyyn and Diego still are together and Furball lives with Michelle and Quinn, but the group is mourning Taylor's absence even a year later.
  • Blade on a Stick: Estela's spear is basically a combat knife strapped to a stick. It does little to harm the giant crab.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: In Book 2 Chapter 5, the ball Yvonne has is really a bullet made of gold due to her time having more gold than iron.
  • Booby Trap: Book 1 Chapter 13 has the group laying down traps for the Watchers. Raj's idea for paint involves pouring it on the stairs while Aleister's idea involves paint balloons to blind them. For a scuba tank, Michelle's idea is to use it as a missile while Grace's idea involves using it as an escape means.
  • Breath Weapon: In Book 1 Chapter 5, the blue fox wards off the sabertooth by blowing ice at it. Also, the sea monster shoots lightning from its mouth.
  • Broken Ace: Sean's profile reveals his father, Marcus, was a pro football star until injuries and debt crushed his career.
  • Brutal Honesty: After seeing the Sabertooh while the others were partying, if Taylor chooses to defend himself and ruin the mood with his friends, it gives +1 sympathy point with Estela, while also losing -1 point with Raj.
  • Central Theme: What is most important: the past, the present, or the future? Several choices allude to this theme, culminating in the Last-Second Ending Choice, in which you can choose to rewrite the past, live the rest of your days in the moment, or make your friends' futures happen.
  • Character Customization: Book 2 allows you to change Taylor's hair, race, and gender before starting the story. Book 3 adds clothing.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The flare gun you get in Chapter 11 gets used like this in Chapter 12 if you fight the sea monster. After Sean throws the block of semtex at the monster, Jake shoots the block with the flare gun.
    • The traps installed in Chapter 14 come into play during the Watcher invasion.
    • In Chapter 16 the gun found in the Observatory turns out to be a Time Travel Portal, which is used to dispatch some Watchers and for the group to escape from the invasion.
    • The files found during the entire book not only are clues but the source to find Rourke's password.
  • Chekhov's Skill: From Chapter 1 you know Sean is a college quarterback who's likely to go pro. If you decide to fight the sea monster in Chapter 12, he gets to put those skills to the test by throwing a block of semtex at the sea monster once Taylor gets the boat close enough.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: Mt. Atropo is this to the island. In Book 1 Chapter 10, as the group tries to make contact with anyone on the mainland, they hear of a volcanic eruption throughout the world from La Huerta that's demolishing the world, yet nothing like that has happened on the island. In Book 2 Chapter 13, when the group manages to get back home, they come home to a volcanic wasteland where Hartfeld used to be.
  • Classified Information: Book 1 reveals that Rourke keeps files on the group. Most of them are acquired through premium choices.
    • Chapter 6 has files on Sean, Grace, Raj, and Estela in Rourke's office if Taylor follows Sean. Estela's profile is the most classified.
    • Chapter 10 has files on Jake, Diego, and Zahra in the observatory.
    • Chapter 11 has files on Craig, Michelle, and Quinn in the marina.
    • Chapter 13 has files on Taylor and Aleister in the surveillance room. Unlike the above files, these two are acquired without paying diamonds.
    • While not shown, Lila is overheard asking IRIS for hers. IRIS tells that other than personality stuff it's classified Gamma and out of her reach.
  • Constellations: The Animal Motif everyone in the group has are based on constellations seen from the La Huerta's sky. Taylor's symbol, a DNA helix, corresponds to Andromeda.
  • Conveniently Interrupted Document: Much of Estela's profile is blacked out.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Book 1 Chapter 5 has Quinn getting dragged down into the water by vines. Whether Jake or Taylor resuscitates her, she'll be back to normal.
    • Book 3 Chapter 4 has your Love Interest do this to Taylor after washing up on Neptune Cove.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Lila has a knack of killing her victims like this.
    • During the attack on the Celestial, she pushed a Watcher off the balcony of a 15th floor room.
    • She killed Olivia Montoya by giving her a Deadly Hug, followed by a gunshot in the head.
  • Crying Wolf: The group has this reaction to Taylor after he sees a shadowy creature in Chapter 2.
  • Damsel in Distress: Quinn has to be rescued two times during the run of Book 1: The first time Taylor shields her from the smilodon attack (she says she's not worthy and to never do that again), and the second time, mutant seaweed tried to drown her while they dived out of the cave and needs to be rescued and get CPR from Taylor (only by paying diamonds) or Jake.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Whenever Taylor dies, the game immediately restarts from an earlier point. Apparently it doesn't feel too great, but other than that there are no real penalties.
  • Derelict Graveyard: Chapter 11 has the group find out the hard way all the ships at the marina are destroyed.
  • Dirty Coward: In Chapter 4, if you hide behind Quinn during the smilodon attack, you not only get her hurt, but lose 2 relation points. Running for the door is also a bad move costing you points between Jake and Lila.
  • The Dreaded: Estela's file in Chapter 6 has a warning not to approach her.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: The game starts with your character having dreams of events yet to happen in the story. Chapter 7 has Taylor have another vision of a walkway over lava.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: In Book 2 Chapters 12 and 13, Taylor, Sean, Craig, and Zahra dress up in Arachnid suits to sneak into the MASADA Complex while pretending they captured the rest of the group.
  • Dynamic Entry: Whether you sleep with any of the four love interests or alone, the Watcher chief bursts in through the window of your room.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first two scenes, while they're on the airplane and once they get off. Taylor has a strange dream, Diego is right by Taylor's side, Jake is sarcastic even as the plane goes through severe turbulence, Estela is silent and unfazed, Quinn is having trouble breathing, Sean tries to calm everyone down, Aleister worries he's going to die surrounded by morons, Zahra grumpily asks if it's too late to jump out the plane, Raj regrets the chipotle he ate, Lila insists on everyone putting their seat belt on, Grace remarks on how La Huerta is home to a number of plants and animals, Craig calls Grace a dork and Michele calls Taylor desperate.
  • Eternal Equinox: Averted. In Book 1 Chapter 9, the day/night cycle is out of whack on the mountain. For example, the team going to sleep at night only for it to be bright and sunny within an hour. When Estela and Taylor go to fight the Giant Crab, the cycle changed again, but only for them, since the rest of the group didn't had that.
  • Eureka Moment: During Book 1 Chapter 9 when you control Raj, regardless of what romantic advice he gives Aleister about Grace, Raj pulls out a picture which Lila recognizes as being from the island's private marina as a way to get off the island.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When the group suspects Aleister to be the spy, Taylor has the option to believe it's not true, mostly because he doesn't look like one. After this is pointed out, the others follow suit with more deprecating humor. Aleister doesn't find it funny, obviously.
  • Exposition Dump: Taylor can use the time loop in Book 2 Chapter 2 to get answers from Rourke (if the latter was freed from his pod) on everything the group has seen on the island from hidden passages, where everyone is, why they were brought to the island, and also what's up with the sea monster.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Jake goes back to Arachnid in one of the alternate realities the Endless shows Taylor.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Quinn helps Raj with cooking the feast and bakes with Taylor exceptionally good cupcakes.
  • Flash Back and Flash Forward: Book 2 introduces Catalyst statues that show a person's past but also their alternate future.
    • Chapter 1 has Michelle's found in Rourke's underground vault. In the past, it's revealed that she never cheated on Sean and it was all a lie from her sorority. At some time in the future, she will blame herself for Aleister and Craig's possible deaths and sail into a storm with Cetus still out there.
    • Chapter 2 has Sean's found inside a tree. In the past, Sean took the bullet from Craig's poor choice to accept a free laptop from a recruiter, against the coach's orders, putting at risk their scholarships and spots on the team. At some time, he will fall of a cliff to save the group from the sabertooth.
    • Chapter 3 has Diego's found in an ancient temple. There's no flashback for him. At some time in the future, he will try to free Varyyn from IRIS and she will kill both of them with automated turrets. It's also implied that Aleister is dead and she is trying to revive him. It nearly came true in Book 3 Chapter 6, but there were other people besides Diego and Varyyn present and Aleister was alive.
    • Chapter 4 has Raj's found on a derelict ship on Sharktooth Isle. In the past, he had gotten off academic probation of having been suspected of cheating on a test when he really did the whole thing on his own. In the future, he's turned into Rourke's personal chef, having cooked up the sabertooth for him. He finally draws the line when Rourke orders him to cook Furball, making them run. Raj tells Furball to run before getting shot by Rourke's harpoon gun.
    • Chapter 5 has Quinn's found in an abandoned manor on Sharktooth Isle. In the past, her parents often used her for their arguments. In the future, she will lapse into a coma as a result of her Rotterdam's Syndrome while celebrating with Taylor in the Vaanti village. It comes to pass after the events of Book 2 Chapter 6.
    • Chapter 6 has Taylor's found in Cetus's esca, the angler bit on his head after Seraxa cuts it off. In the past, Taylor is trying to get Diego to go out for some fun. In the future, Taylor is burying the bodies of his/her fellow Catalysts, wearing Jake's dog tags.
    • Chapter 7 has Grace's found in an alcove of Elyys'tel's tree when the group was in another dimension. In the past, she smashed a professor's car after receiving a B+ on a test (which explains why she got arrested according to her profile), while also we find out that Aleister's crush on her was even before the trip. In the future, she will accidentally detonate a bomb in Mount Atropo by hitting it with a rock in a fit of rage because she believes she can't disarm it.
    • Chapter 8 has Zahra's found during a scavenger hunt. In the past, she and two of her hacker friends hack a corporation finding all sorts of files, as well as how she and Craig broke up. In the future, she has been Rourke's Chief of Security for five years until she reveals she's been working a long game, sabotaging all of Rourke's security with a single button. She and Rourke kill each other, with her saying she did all this for Craig before dying.
    • Chapter 9 has Craig's found in a wrecked airplane. In the past, Sean tells Craig that he met with scouting agents to hype up Craig for the NFL as they're about to get on the plane to La Huerta. Craig gets an e-mail that tells him he's been rejected for the 2017 draft. In the future, Craig stays behind to fight against the Arachnids, but gets punched out by Tetra and then choked to death by Fiddler.
    • Chapter 10 shows Lila's, only it's revealed by Lila touching Taylor. In the past, Lila reveals to Rourke that she is so loyal to him because she was inspired by the world he wants to make, which would save girls like her who lost their family and had a rough childhood afterwards. He offers her an unnamed job, which would require her to possibly risk her life, but first asks her if she trusts him. She says she does.
    • Chapter 11 has Estela's found in a frozen lake. In the past, Estela overheard some students making fun of her, followed by Aleister telling her not to trust other people. In the future, she kills Lila and tries to kill Rourke, who kills her after distracting her with a drone.
    • Chapter 13 has Jake's found in the Theoretical Prismatics section of the MASADA facility. In the past, we see Jake's mission with Mike and also learn he got his nicknaming from Mike before their plane is shot down. In the future, Zahra's killswitch lets Jake out and he proceeds to go One-Man Army on the Arachnids white freeing Taylor from a MASADA pod, only to end up Taking the Bullet for Taylor.
    • Chapter 14 has Aleister's found in a biohazard disposal can in the MASADA facility. In the past, Aleister told his father Rourke that he received a prestigious scholarship, but Rourke refused to acknowledge his son's worth. In the future, Aleister walks with a cane and hears about his father's death, then Taylor calls him out on betraying his friends before defenestrating him.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In Book 3 Chapter 12, you have the premium option of seeing a clip show of some of the 2,139 cycles that the Endless witnessed. One of them involves Michelle and Aleister switching bodies and Grace lampshading that it’s litrally called the “Freaky Friday Device.”
  • From Bad to Worse: Book 1 Chapter 5 has the group not only seeing the only plane they have go up in flames, but also get cornered by the smilodon.
  • Gay Option: As with previous Choices games, you can decide if your character is paired with someone of the same gender.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In Book 1 Chapter 11, Sean gets a Heroic BSoD after discovering that their last resource to escape the island is gone, Taylor can choose to comfort him or yell at him to get up. If the second choice isn't chosen, Craig does this anyway.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Book 1 Chapters 8 and 9 has the group attacked by one of these. Book 2 Chapter 4 reveals that its name is the Shore Guardian.
  • God Mode: Going into the wine cellar in a premium choice in Book 1 Chapter 13 allows Taylor to find a wine bottle that opens up a secret underground entrance. That same bottle's year is also the cheat code to god mode in Most Wanted 2.
  • Ghost Town: When you get to La Huerta, everybody is gone to the point of dust being left on furniture, even when it was a bustling resort just days ago. Chapter 3 reveals that all the guests went to an emergency shelter.
  • Grand Staircase Entrance: Estela, Sean, Jake, and Quinn come down the stairs in dresses and suits to celebrate the New Year's party.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Book 2 Chapter 2 has Taylor and the party caught in a 12 minute time loop only s/he and Iris are aware of, and they can't tell anyone without collapsing time in on itself.
  • Guile Hero: The game actually encourages the player to say and act to gain sympathy points with the rest of the group, even if it's not the true feelings towards them. In some cases, Brutal Honesty will make Taylor loose points (like, for example, telling Michelle off in Book 1 Chapter 1 takes -4 points away, and straight up telling Lila in Book 1 Chapter 8 that the group doesn't trust her takes -5 points away), so in some cases lying actually helps you get by.
  • Hairpin Lockpick: Book 1 Chapter 10 has Zahra needing to get into a computer panel, and the best tool to get at it is Michelle's bobby pin. Zahra can't get it, but Grace is able to.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]:
    • The Main Character's default name is "Taylor", and it can be changed along with the gender.
    • Paying diamonds in Book 1 Chapter 6 allows you to name the blue fox, otherwise Aleister calls it Furball.
  • Heroic BSoD: Sean gets one of these in Book 1 Chapter 11 when he sees all of the ships on the marina are destroyed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When finding out that there were not enough parachutes for everyone, Sean's first reaction is to offer himself to stay behind (with Craig offering to be with him), before Taylor finds an alternative escape route. Then played straight when Diego gets captured by the Vaanti and lets go from Taylor so they won't catch both.
  • Hidden Depths: The profiles can reveal more of the characters backgrounds only if the player is willing to pay diamonds.
    • Apparently, Raj is a Business major who wastes most of his time getting high.
    • Sean and Grace are "Well Done, Son!" guys. In Sean's case, it's because his father has put all the family's future on his shoulders, while Grace is trying to live up to her mother's expectations.
    • We discover in Book 1 Chapter 11 that Craig has deeper motivations to stay on the island other than having a good time. According to the profile, he doesn't seem to think he has a good future once football and college are over, and being on the island also gives him a more important role.
    • Michelle is the daughter of a single mother, an honor student, and in the pre-med program.
  • Hideous Hangover Cure: Book 1 Chapter 3 has Raj making what he calls The Raj Hangover Special 9000. It contains a blend of eggs, potatoes, oysters and bananas, topped with pickle juice.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn
    • Lila finally turns on Rourke when he orders her to kill the contest winners in Book 2.
    • One of the alternate timelines shows Fiddler apparently working on the side of the main cast, saving Michelle from the lava on the catwalk in Taylor's place.
  • Highly Visible Password: Book 1 Chapter 4 has an obvious hint for the password to the security station with astrological signs.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: After the fight with Mouse in Book 2 Chapter 15, Craig says he always wanted to say “Get... to... the... chopper!
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Jake does this against Mouse A.K.A. Mike in Book 3 Chapter 3.
  • Ill Girl: Dialogue with Quinn indicates she spent much of her life sick.
    • Confirmed in Book 1 Chapter 11 if you read her dossier. She had Rotterdam's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease. In Book 2 Chapter 4, she reveals her illness to the group.
  • It Can Think: In Book 1 Chapter 8, the crab starts blocking Jake's rocks, showing it's not stupid.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: If Taylor stargazes with Estela in Book 1 Chapter 2, she will abruptly get up and leave, saying that people around her tend to get hurt.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Jake usually reaches for the nearest bottle of booze after stressful events. Chapter 6 has him looking for one after finding out the plane is blown up, and on chapter 11 after the events at the Observatory.
  • Island of Mystery: La Huerta.
  • Last-Second Ending Choice: Regardless of all your choices, all endings will be available, and you will be well-informed of the consequences before you make that final decision.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: At one point, Zahra is making coffee for herself, and you get a Tough Choice to ask her for some. If you fail, Taylor says it was Worth It, while Zahra asks if it really was. You likely thought that it was worth the chance to boost your relationship with her until the dialogue emphasized that you just lost three relationship points.
  • Love Confession: In Book 1 Chapter 14, Taylor can help Grace with a premium option to confess her feelings for Aleister, since it might be their last night alive on the island. Fortunately, both of them feel the same for each other.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Rourke reveals that he is Estela's father.
  • Macguffin: Book 2 introduces the catalyst idols, aka Vaalta.
    • Book 3 introduces the embers of hope.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: The Hostiles are a tribe of them, with the Chief wearing a lion mask.
    • Subverted, the Vaanti really aren’t evil, they were merely trying to get the Catalysts to help them. Considering Taylor at the time was the only one who could talk to Varryn at the time, it didn’t help things.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: Everett Rourke comes off as this.
  • Mishmash Museum: La Huerta in general is this. The Celestial alone has prehistoric vegetation, a 20's ballroom, a nightclub with 90's hits, Rourke's personal VIP Lounge, his personal arcade room. Outside of the island there're bunkers, the volcano observatory has a hidden futuristic laboratory, the animals are supposed to be extinct (like a Smilidon or Giant King Crab), and the hostiles who are speculated to be the natives look like blue aliens.
  • The Mole: Book 1 Chapter 6 allows you to guess that someone in the group is the one responsible for burning the plane, though it makes you take a hit in popularity.
    • Turns out it was, it was Lila.
  • Mood Killer: Paying diamonds in Book 1 Chapter 7 allows you to help Quinn cook cupcakes with her. If your relationship is high enough, Taylor and Quinn have a makeout session that's about to get a bit raunchier when Raj walks in on them.
  • Mr. Fanservice: There're several scenes with Jake and Sean shirtless. They can have a sex scene with Taylor in Chapter 14 as a premium choice.
  • Ms. Fanservice: For premium options Quinn is shown wearing a small turquoise bikini. Later Estela gets in a black bikini during her sparring lessons with Taylor and Jake. Both Quinn or Estela can have a sex scene with Taylor in Chapter 14 as a premium choice.
  • Multinational Team: Most of the cast is American: it's composed by two Asian-Americans (Craig is Taiwanese and Michelle is Vietnamese), two African-American (Sean and Grace), one southern guy (Jake), a Latino-American (Diego), one Irish-American (Quinn) and one Indian-American (Raj). Also Aleister is British, Estela is Colombian, Zahra is Iranian, and Taylor is still undeclared (althought the recent profile establishes that he was originally born in La Huerta).
  • Multiple Endings: Book 3 Chapter 12, being the Grand Finale to the trilogy, has three of these.
    • Letting Project Janus finish and sucking out all the time anomalies, but La Huerta disappears.
    • Stopping Project Janus and staying on La Huerta while the rest of the world disappears.
    • Merging with Vaanu as you and he leave Earth, merging all timelines and allowing everyone else to return to their normal lives.
  • Must Not Die a Virgin: In Chapter 14, Diego convinces Taylor (as a premium option) to make a move and have sex with either Quinn, Jake, Sean or Estela, since they are about to be under Watcher attack.
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  • New Year Has Come: Book 2 Chapter 10 is not only one of these, but a birthday episode as well.
  • The Nicknamer: Jake. Taylor can give him one the first time you meet.
  • No Fair Cheating: Try restarting Book 1 Chapter 10 and guess Iris' name before you actually discover the proper clue. Iris confirms your guess is correct, resulting in the others asking how you knew that. Taylor has no idea, and immediately suffers a splitting headache due to "the pain of doing something you couldn't, shouldn't have been able to", culminating in your head exploding. Aside from the usual "You have died" message, you are then told: "Do not attempt to cheat the laws of time".
    • Entering the password long before you're supposed to get it in Rourke's office teleports Taylor right into John Tull's trailer, and he's not pleased!
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Book 2 Chapter 1 has Estela want to give one of these to Rourke (if you discovered him in his pod at the end of Book 1). Taylor can either stand in her way or allow her to do so.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Zahra is somehow on the FBI watchlist.
    • Raj mentions that he had a lot of family feuds and property damage incidents at college parties enough to have a lot of fests to fix them. He never goes into details. Even his profile mentions one of these in particular.
    • Jake mentions a time in Chapter 8 when he was hunted down. Chapter 10 also has Jake mention an incident that had him punch out his superior officer and then went AWOL. Romancing Jake in Chapter 14 has him talk about what happened. He and his friend found out their base commander was selling weapons to terrorists and they were sent out into an ambush. Jake comes back and he now finds that he's framed for the crime.
  • One Head Taller: While there aren't any height charts, Aleister is one head taller than Grace as revealed in Book 1 Chapter 8 when they hug each other goodbye.
  • One True Love: Book 3 Chapter 2 introduces the Vaanti concept of “handfasting” where if a couple love each other very much, they bond their lives in a ceremony called Niala’rei. Before friends and family, they are symbolically joined and must spend a year and a day in each other’s presence. If they do so, their spirits are bound for eternity.
  • Optional Party Member: Book 1 Chapter 8 allows you to recruit Jake for the trip to the observatory with diamonds.
  • Panthera Awesome: The team is cornered by a smilodon, aka sabertooth tiger as chapter 3 comes to a close.
  • People Jars: In Book 1 Chapter 16, Everett Rourke is found in one of these if you guess the password right in his computer. In Book 2 Chapter 13, it turns out that all of the Celestial's guests were stuffed in them, and they're called MASADA pods.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: The shot of Varyyn holding his mother’s body.
  • Piranha Problem: In Book 2 Chapter 4 as the group is ferried to Sharktooth Isle, they're introduced to the klaawyi who eat anything that comes in the water. The only reason their boat isn't touched is cause it's coated in a sap poisonous to them.
  • Please Wake Up: In Quinn's catalyst idol vision, Quinn goes into a coma, making Taylor go into this when s/he realizes what's happened.
  • Pre-Sacrifice Final Goodbye
    • Book 2 Chapter 15 offers a premium option for the group to send a message for their relatives in case they can't save the world or get out the island. If taken, Diego forgives his parents, Quinn tells hers to reconcile for her, Sean says goodbye to his mother, Craig encourages his little brother to be better than him, Raj thanks his grandmother for the recipes, Estela thanks her uncle for training her, Jake tells his sister Rebecca that he is proud of her and everything told about him is bull, Michelle and Taylor pass because they don't have anyone out there to reach and Zahra leaves an encouraging for her past self to get in the plane.
    • If the player decides to return to Vaanu to save the world, Taylor asks for Diego's cellphone to record a goodbye message to the other characters, although they don't get it until they're leaving the island.
  • Psychic Link: Paying diamonds in Book 1 Chapter 12 allows Taylor to share a link between Varyyn. It allows Taylor to understand his words in English (or other preferred language). In Book 2 Chapter 3 while the group watches the village, it turns out he can sense Taylor's thoughts as well.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Everyone in the island is a different type of character: The Audience Surrogate (The Main Character/You), the Token Best Friend (Diego), the Lovable Jock (Sean), the Dumb Jock/Jerk Jock (Craig), the Deadpan Snarker Military Brat (Jake), the Nice Ill Girl (Quinn), the Alpha Bitch (Michelle), The Big Fun (Raj), the Meganekko (Grace), the Insufferable Genius Snob (Aleister), the Delinquent (Zahra), the Genki Girl (Lila) and the Mysterious Woman (Estela). Chapter 6 implies in a stack of profiles that they were gathered to the island on purpose.
  • Rapid Aging: In Book 2 Chapter 13, Taylor sees a video left behind by Olivia Montoya about why it would be a bad idea to harness the power of the Endless in this trope. For example, looking at a baby causes it to instantly age up to a teenager, and looking at a building makes it rot and crumble.
  • Retcon: One ending completely undoes everything that happened in the book; it even resets your relationship with everyone.
  • Reality Warper: In Book 2 Chapter 7, the group drinks a special liquid that only they as Catalysts can drink. It takes them outside the realm of space and time, allowing them to see the history of not only the Vaanti, but all of La Huerta right down to when it was formed in prehistory.
  • Relationship Values: Making choices will either increase or decrease how people feel about you. It's also used at checkpoints to see if people will trust you with secrets.
    • Book 2 introduces Tough Choices that increase or decrease a person's relation sharply on pass or fail. The higher the friendship is, the easier it is to pass.
    • Book 2 now allows Taylor to date Sean, Jake, Quinn and/or Estela. Once done so, their icon changes to hearts.
  • The Roaring '20s: Investigating the ballroom in Book 1 Chapter 2 has everything looking like it did in the 20s, even with the wine being from as far back as 1922.
    • Book 3 Chapter 7 has the group (except Jake and Mike) ending up in a wedding during 1921 as a result of Rourke using the Omega Mech on them.
  • Rousing Speech: Raj makes a speech in Book 1 Chapter 7 to help unite the group together.
  • Scar Survey: Rare Gender Inverted example (if Taylor is male) in Book 2. If a love scene is purchased, Estela tells him about some scars she has. One is from horseback riding.
  • Sequel Hook: Book 1 ends with Diego (and Grace and Raj if the player opts out of paying for it) being taken by the watchers and Taylor, Estela, Aleister, and IRIS possibly discovering Rourke's body.
    • Book 2 ends with Taylor, Yvonne, and Uqzhaal in the Threshold, where they encounter the Endless, revealed to be an elderly version of Taylor, or bracing themselves for Mount Atropo's eruption.
  • Ship Tease: The novel gives a lot of them between the main character and the four possible romantic interest (Quinn, Jake, Sean or Estela)
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slow Clap: Taari starts one at Varyyn’s coronation.
  • The Smart Guy: Raj is this as well as Aleister and Grace. Taylor can be this when the right choices are made.
  • Stable Time Loop: Book 2 Epilogue reveals that The Endless (who is in reality a future version of Taylor) has been planting clues around the island to help the group survive, and the only one aware of this alterations is Taylor. Jake also discovers that he had to reveal his location to the Arachnids to keep the reality stable and avoid a paradox, allowing the helicopter to materialize.
    • In Book 3 Chapter 7, Varyyn realizes that the items given to him by other Vaanti are fading away when the group (except Jake and Mike) are in 1921. To keep them from vanishing, the group has to have the bride Flora confess her love for Eugene.
  • Stunned Silence: Book 1 Chapter 11 has Raj and Aleister very much left speechless at Iris.
  • Suck Out the Poison: If Taylor follows Estela in Chapter 9, s/he gets bitten by a snake, and Estela sucks the venom out.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Varryn, unmasked, wouldn't look out of place on Pandora.
  • Take a Third Option: Chapter 6 has Sean and Jake arguing. Siding with either group, regardless who you went with, takes points off. The only safe bet is to let the timer run and do nothing.
  • Take My Hand: Book 2 Chapter 15 has Sean just barely fail to grab hold of Taylor, who then falls out of the helicopter.
  • Telepathy: Book 1 Chapter 12 allows you to mind meld with the Hostiles' chief. He calls Taylor "Anlashok," their word for mind talker.
  • Temporal Paradox: Entering the password in Rourke's computer in Book 1 Chapter 6 ends up creating one of these with Taylor getting a psychic headache, warping through time, into John Tull's trailer, then speaking with the giant crab who can now speak and tells you not to violate the laws of time again.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: After Jake repeatedly refers to Estela by a number of nicknames he's given her, Estela orders him to call her by her name or to never speak to her again. Only after Estela finds her Ember of Hope, she allows Jake to nickname her again.
  • Through His Stomach: Raj's plan to reconcile the group is to make a big banquet for the group... and tons of booze. Taylor can agree that it's a really genius idea that actually works.
  • Time Crash: The volcano’s eruption in the start of Book 3 has rifts in time opening up across different eras. As more of the Catalysts meet up, they find they’re experiencing time differently since they split up. Jake and Estela have three days ahead; Diego, Michelle, Raj, and Varyyn have slightly more than three days but less than a week; Sean and Craig have weeks; Quinn has a month; Zahra has more than a month.
  • Time-Passage Beard: In Book 2, Diego and Raj (if the latter wasn't rescued in the last chapter of Book 1) are shown with beards after being held captive by the Vaanti for 204 days.
  • Time Travel: In Book 1 Chapter 11, Grace's ideas about the anomalies so far have her considering that it's time travel. Not just with sabertooth tigers, giant crabs and ice breathing foxes, but also the volcano erupting and messages from the future.
    • When the love interest or Diego dies in Book 1 Chapter 15, Taylor angrily grabs the Watcher's necklace and ends up going back moments before the ambush, giving them the chance to prevent their love or best friend's life.
    • In Book 1 Chapter 16, it's discovered that the futuristic gun Jake kept was really a Time Travel Portal. They use it to get rid of some of the Watchers and to escape to 204 days into the future.
    • Book 2 Chapter 7 has the group drinking a special sap only they as Catalysts can drink safely. Not only do they see the Three Tribes War, but also can go all the way to when La Huerta was formed.
    • In Book 3 Chapter 7, the group except Jake and Mike were sent to a wedding in 1921, where they encountered the Vaanti's ancestors.
  • Token Minority: The gang is made up of minorities with the exception of Jake, Quinn, and Aleister (and sometimes Taylor, depending on player choices). As for the rest, Sean and Grace are black, Diego and Estela are Hispanic, Craig is Taiwanese, Michelle is Vietnamese, Zahra is Iranian, and Raj is Indian.
  • Tsundere: Aleister comes off as this to Grace.
  • The Un-Reveal: Played for laughs in Book 3 Chapter 3 if Taylor has Yvonne seduce Malatesta, wondering what she said to make him help the group. When asked, Yvonne says “I don’t kiss and tell.”
  • Volcano Lair: Book 1 Chapter 9 ends with the team standing on a walkway over the volcano where the observatory is.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: Book 1 Chapter 6 has the group starting to break down over either escaping the island or surviving. In Chapter 7, the tension between both sides is palpable in the dining room.
  • Weather Dissonance: A premium scene with Estela or Jake in Book 2 Chapter 2 has them finding ice cold snow on a tropical island while it's currently well into 100+ degrees!
  • Wedding Day: Book 3 Chapter 10 is about Niala'rei, a Vaanti holiday in which many couples get married to one another. It not only includes Varyyn and Diego, but Taylor and their Love Interest.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Grace and Aleister have this as a common link. Grace because her mother expects her to be the best at everything, yet rarely has time to be with her. Aleister has this as well since no matter what he did, his father Everett Rourke was never around for him, always on some business deal or another.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Book 1 Chapter 10 is this. Every attempt to communicate with the outside world has everyone reacting to the volcano like it's erupting hard enough to put the world into a nuclear winter.
    • Book 1 Chapter 16 is a big one! The Watchers kidnap Diego (and possibly Grace and/or Raj) just as Taylor shoots the portal gun, teleporting them 6 months ahead into the future. After finding out the password to Everett Rourke's computer, you find Rourke's in a pod in suspended animation!
    • Collecting all the clues through the first act of Book 2 reveal that the Endless, the being Uqzhaal worships, is the man in the red spacesuit. In the present, Rourke finds that one of the guests in the cryopods is Rex Lundgren, Jake's former commander who framed him for treason.
    • Book 2 Chapter 8 has Taylor, Aleister, and Zahra meet Iris again and she drops a bombshell: She is the AI of Aleister's late mother.
    • Book 2 Chapter 10 reveals that Lila shot and killed Estela's mother for attempting to expose Rourke.
    • Book 2 Chapter 13 shows the Catalysts returning home through the Lernaean Gate, only to find Hartfeld destroyed by a volcanic eruption.
    • Book 2 Chapter 14 has another one. The world was destroyed by the volcano erupting on the same day that the group first came to the island, setting the world back to the Hadean Eon when the world was just a volcanic wasteland. After the group gets back, Rourke gets Aleister to turn on the group, with Lila set to execute them.
    • Book 2 Chapter 15 is fitting of a season finale. Lila dies either by her wounds in freeing the group or with Estela finishing her off with a headshot. The group is separated as they escape from MASADA. Jake finds out that Mouse all this time was his friend Mike, who he thought died. Jake realizes that he was the one who sent his location to the Arachnids and sends it to not only keep reality from breaking, but also to make sure there's a chopper for them to get out. In the epilogue, Furball is training with the Yeti to become a new Guardian of the island. Now that Rourke has the Island's Heart, he's now ready to move onto what's called the Janus Project. Taylor falls out of the chopper and is brought to Mt. Atropo by Yvonne and Uqzhaal. After figuring out the password with the idols, Taylor meets the Endless and finds out that they're in a cycle of bad futures and that the idols were visions of those bad futures. The Endless could only influence what was on La Huerta, having basically made themselves a god of the Vaanti to keep them from killing the Catalysts. The Endless then reveals that they are an older Taylor!
    • Book 3 Chapter 9 reveals that Aleister was born in a vat as part of Rourke's unsuccessful attempt to create a worthy successor with his genes.
    • Book 3 Chapter 11 drops the biggest ones so far. Mike sacrifices himself to take Lundgren with him, Rourke reveals that Estela is his daughter, and Taylor discovers that Vaanu created them with his energy.
  • Wham Line: Book 1 Chapter 13 gives us this.
    Aleister: I am Everett Rourke! (...) I'm Rourke's son.
    • Iris gives one of these in Book 2 Chapter 8 about her identity.
    Iris: Yes, Aleister, I am... But I'm still your mother.
  • Wham Shot: Book 3 Episode 4 ends with the group being met by the Endless.
  • What Could Have Been: In-universe. Book 3 introduces Embers of Hope, showing what could have happened to the Catalysts if everything on the island didn’t happen, each one given by a glowing mysterious figure.
    • Chapter 1 is Estela’s family picture. In her vision, she buys her uncle Nicolas a laptop so he can compose his memoirs faster, then tells him her intention to start a family.
    • Chapter 2 is Raj’s grandmother's cookbook. In his vision, Raj is the host of his show, “Bhandakar Fills Bellies”, in Barcelona shooting an episode of with Craig guest starring. He gets a phone call from Chris Winters asking him to personally cater an after-party in Milan with Craig along for the ride.
    • Chapter 3 is Sean’s father’s watch. In his vision, he's a professional American football player speaking with his mother about his insecurity of his father's legacy before a game. She gives him a pep talk telling him he's better than his father.
    • Chapter 4 is a ring Craig's parents will give him upon graduation. In his vision, he tests a new football-related game with Sean as a character. When testing the game with Sean, the latter tells him he has come a long way after graduation.
    • Chapter 5 is Diego's action figures. In his vision, he works as a professor and has written a bestselling book about media. After a class, he receives a phone call from his father, who tells him he is proud of Diego.
    • Chapter 6 is Grace's framed butterfly collection. In her vision, she works as a painter and is giving Michelle a tour of the art gallery. When her mother appears before them and belittles Grace's painting that depicts mathematical calculations, she stands up to her mother with Michelle's encouragement.
    • Chapter 7 is Jake's pilot helmet. In his vision, he and Mike testify against Lundgren during a trial, where the latter is declared guilty and sentenced to 180 years in prison.
    • Chapter 8 is Quinn's camera. In her vision, she speaks at an annual fundraiser hosted by her father, whose organization helping people with chronic illnesses is a success. Additionally, her parents are on better terms with each other.
    • Chapter 9 is Aleister's magazine. In his vision, he and Grace are Happily Married with a son named Reginald, whom they love dearly. While Grace is away at work, Aleister sings a lullaby to Reginald.
    • Chapter 10 is Michelle's stethoscope. In her vision, she works as a surgeon treating Sean's mother, who praised her for not letting her past bring her down. Afterwards, Sean arrives and gives Michelle flowers as an apology for not believing her back in Hartfeld.
    • Chapter 11 is Zahra's old Kali tablet. In her vision, she works as a musician celebrating her anniversary with Craig.
    • Chapter 12 isn't any specific item, but it allows Taylor to see a clip show of some of the 2,139 loops that they've seen sliding in different scales of silliness and seriousness.
  • What Would X Do?: The bonus scene of Act 3 has Diego decide on his escape plan because it's "probably what Tayloe would do."
  • Wildcard: Book 1 Chapter 12 has the Watchers know Sean and Jake as Aquila and Lupus, but Taylor is a total blank to them. Book 1 Chapter 13 shows even Rourke International has no idea who Taylor is.
  • Working with the Ex:
    • Going into the VIP club with Craig and Zahra reveal they were once a couple.
    • By Chapter 8, Sean seems bothered when Michelle offers to join the expedition to the Observatory. A previous premium choice reveals that they used to date until she cheated on him, or at least that's what Sean was led to believe.
  • A Year and a Day: The Vaanti tradition of handfasting is that a couple will spend a year and a day in each other's presence, and if they still love each other after that time, they will be together forever.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Right when the group thought they still had a chance to escape the island, they find out that someone blew up all the boats at the dock. This is enough to send Sean into a Heroic BSoD.
  • You Can't Go Home Again:
    • Spending the night with Jake in Book 1 Chapter 14 (provided you're at least friends with him) reveals that he'll be arrested if he sets foot in America because he was framed for treason.
    • If Taylor decides to stop Project Janus and stay on La Huerta with their friends, the outside world remains destroyed, leaving them no choice but to stay on the island forever.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Book 1 Chapter 8 has Grace call out Jake for using sentient the wrong way.
  • Your Head Asplode: Book 1 Chapter 12 has the sea monster dealt with by having Sean toss Semtex at its head and then Jake blows it up with a flare gun.
    • Also happens to Taylor in a Non-Standard Game Over in Book 1 Chapter 10 if you correctly guess Iris' name without actually discovering the clue you need.

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