It’s in the title, but I’m going to repeat this, this has major spoilers for Out of Body Experience, you want to read that? Do that first. It’s free, it’s best binged and it’s relatively short. 

Onto the foreshadowing this story uses. 

So, if you haven’t read OfBE, it’s a short novel that takes place in a world where some people get genetical mutations that cause them to develop powers. This would be pretty cool if not for the fact that said mutations attract monsters to your location. Because of this the government found a perfectly functional system where people with this mutation go to a so-called base where they have all their needs met and will study, work, basically it’s a tiny society of magic users. 

The mutation usually becomes evident when you’re older, but there are exemptions. It’s also inherited, so most magic parents know their kids will probably join them. 

This novel starts with a group of girls, most importantly among them is Abigail and Ella. They are enjoying a birthday party and a monster attacks, Ella escapes and Abigail does not. 

We see Ella take the mutation test and come out as positive, thereby having to leave her mother behind to go off to the base. 

The whole novel follows Ella integrating into the base, making her new found family with Lucas and Benjamin. As well as her first mission. Throughout the novel Ella is supposedly seeking out her powers, she know she has magic but claims not to know what those powers are. 

The grand reveal at the very end is she does know. She knows, and those powers are that she can switch bodies with someone she looks in the eyes. The reveal is that Ella isn’t Ella at all, she’s Abigail, and Ella died in her place. 

This reveal is the climax of the story. It’s what everything is leading up to. So what’s everything? Foreshadowing. I don’t know how I can explain foreshadowing, so instead I’m just going to show you. 

1.- In the first Chapter it starts off focusing on Abigail, the final paragraph reads: 

And reflected in those green eyes, she saw the monster pounce and her body fall limp to the ground.

It seems like just creative writing until you know the ending and suddenly it’s literal. She looked her friend in the eyes, effectively changing bodies and then saw her own body fall limp to the ground.

2.- In Chapter 1, they point out that it’s Abigail’s birthday she’s nine and is the oldest. Making Ella still eight. 

In chapter 2, she need to think about her age before responding to Benjamin. 

He smiled, “sure, Ella. How old are you?”

A pause, “eight.”

And in chapter 4 she straight up says the wrong age when speaking to Lucas. 

“Well, duh, what are you like, five?”

“Nine.” She scrunched up her nose in offence.

3.- In Chapter 2 her mother is shown to be attentive and caring, despite this she doesn’t seem to know her daughter’s favourite food. 

“How about your favourite, spinach and eggs?”

Ella’s nose scrunched up when her mother had her back turned, “sure.”

Later, Ella moved the food from one side of the plate to the other, anything to put off eating it.

Of course not, because that’s not her daughter. This also explains why Ella is happy and almost in a hurry to leave the household, in a new society where nobody knows her, pretending is going to be way easier. 

4.- In Chapter 4 we get this scene: 

She sat down and opened up the notebook, there was very neat and small cursive writing, decorated with stickers. Ella held back tears as she flipped to the first blank page and wrote down the date. Then she wrote her name. Her full name, then a description, both physical and personality. Then a list of likes, dislikes, favourite things.

We see her sad, mourning the death of her friend and we see her working to keep up an act. And if that wasn’t enough in Chapter 9: 

She handed back the paper with it’s neat blocky writing about magic and politics.

Blocky writing is basically the alternative to cursive in case anybody didn’t know.

5.- In Chapter 6 she starts school: 

In the classroom Ella was promising. She was invested and eager to learn. Especially geography, history and sciences.

Her numbers were not great, she could barely count much less do anything math related, which was unusual given her good scores prior to her magic.

Again, with context, makes perfect sense. Not the same person, not the same strong and weak points. 

In that same chapter she had a very awkward conversation with her “mother”. 

“I know what’ll help.”

“What?”

Her mother pulled out a small stuffed cat and handed it to her.

“Mr Whiskers,” she took it slowly, looking down into its eyes.

“I don’t know how you forgot!”

“Guess there were bigger things on my mind.”

This is obviously just a snippet. Another snippet: 

“I love you.”

“I love you too.” Still, she didn’t look up.

Her mother knelt down, trying to peer under her hair and eyelashes.

Ella looked away.

Her mother moved her hand to her cheek to try and move her head. But Ella closed her eyes tight. “Mother, please.”

It’s pretty obvious why she doesn’t want to look her in the eyes. 

6.- Something spread out more around the book is the fact Ella never looks anybody in the eyes. At no point in the story does it reference her making eye contact and it often references her looking away, turning or staring at the ground. 

7.- Also throughout the whole story Ella talks about not wanting to find her powers and about how it’s not important and… well, makes sense when you consider she knows her power set and doesn’t care for them. 

8.- In Chapter 9 she straight up uses those powers to kill a wolf. 

Growling.

She bit her lower lip and grabbed a stick that was close to her hand. She turned slowly to see the blueish wolf. A monster.

She held the stick up slowly; her eyes were wide. She looked straight at the monster in seeming shock.

Then the monster pounced, but not at Ella, it got the stick she held up stuck in its mouth painfully. It looked Ella in the eyes and the shock was over. She found her knife and stabbed the wolf, standing over it as the blue became red.

“Abel!” she called.

Except, it’s never specifically stated. 

And there is probably more, but I’m going to leave this here because that was the main point. 

Foreshadowing is doing the thing without saying you’re doing the thing. 

All of these stuff are pretty mundane and not noteworthy on their own, but with context they change. And if you’ve been paying attention (the reason I always recommend this story be binged) the revelation is the buildup of all these small details. 

Good foreshadowing makes re-reads way more fun by the way! 

In one of the chapters Ella reacts quite badly to Abigail’s father, she cries and is taken away. Re-reading knowing that he isn’t the father of a friend but her own father, it hits different. And that’s the goal of this short novel! 

I know this post was long but, I love foreshadowing and sometimes I just don’t know how to explain myself without examples. And this is my story with the most obvious examples.