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Do You Want To Know The Day You Will Die?

Vocativ explores a world in which that knowledge is available to us all

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Tick tock, tick tock, who winds your clock? — Illustration: Tara Jacoby
Oct 25, 2016 at 11:38 AM ET

If you could find out the exact day you are destined to die, would you? In honor of the spookiest month of the year, Vocativ created an interactive adventure story where readers must consider that very choice.

It turns out that it’s a little more complicated than you might think. No matter which path you choose to take, you can’t avoid the impact of your “death day,” and how that knowledge, or your lack of it, seeps into every aspect of life. Your death day might alter the milestones of your life — from who you fall in love with to the communities where you can safely live. It can also affect the more mundane, everyday aspects: where you vacation and which books you read.

Ultimately, “Death Day” explores a world where people are divided by whether or not they choose to know.

This dynamic narrative — crafted by writer Rose Eveleth and illustrator Tara Jacoby — begins with a choice: Fill out the government form and request your precise death date or go on living without it. If you don’t want to know right away, don’t worry. You can always change your mind later. Where the story goes is based entirely on your decisions.

So, go ahead. Do you want to know the date you die?