"I had come to terms with my inability
to change whatever it was at this point.
It was coming whether I knew
how it would happen or not."
What if you knew what year you’d die? Since she could first comprehend the meaning of death Lai has known she’d only live to see eighteen years. In her secluded community, scientists calculate residents’ life expectancies at birth and one’s place within society is determined based on their lifespan. Tragically, Lai’s anticipated Year of Death has defined her as someone with little value to society. When her eighteenth birthday comes and goes, she knows she’s living on borrowed time and begins to emotionally withdraw and resign herself to her fate.