Much like agriculture started the downfall of man, free will was the beginning of the end for the Lius and Jeong-Espinosas. Their choices could lead to the blossoming of an epic romance or the dissolution of a suffocating marriage, a life spent pleasing their parents or a life spent trying to break from their influence, a life spent exploiting what their world has to offer or just living in it.
But the two skilled families have their pick of life-prolonging talismans. Ambrosia. Books of life. Death flowers. Potions of Youth. In essence, they're not dying or staying dead unless they want to. So while they have their spats and live their lives, their minds churn with the sum total of their experiences, each feeding that ultimate decision, the final choice that might be the most disturbing implication of the Sim universe.
If you want a mentally and emotionally challenging read loaded with foreshadowing and symbolism, I promise you won't be disappointed by reading the and skipping ahead to . The first chapter does not represent the story's quality; the Strangerville chapter, , is a better introduction to what you'd be getting yourself into.
Content warning: Swearing, death, can get too real. Can describe itself as 'post-postmodern metafiction' with a straight face, or as straight a face you can make while saying 'post-postmodern metafiction.' I promise there's no math.
: happy sims are all alike; every one of these dumpster fires is unhappy in their own way