Book Review – The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

14 Sep

The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

 

Foreverland2  Foreverland1

First cover is I quote “bluuuuuuh” – Bertausky / Second cover was better

Foreverland3

Newest cover is AWESOME!!!

Book Description

Publication Date: December 31, 2011
E-book copy provided by NetGalley
 
When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?

My Review

StarStarStarStar

Would you take the needle?

Ok well let me jump in and start with the cover…looks like Bertauski made some changes from his original cover and what a change it was. The newest cover looks amazing. And to be honest the cover is the reason I requested this book off NetGalley!

I finished this book in 2 sittings. At first I wasn’t all that interested, I was confused about the past events that were being brought forward and how it related to the present. As I continued reading I was drawn in by the mystery of what “Foreverland” was! How, well more like WHY these boys ended up on and island and the about the man who created it all. Quite intriguing stuff!

This dystopian world was very different from others I’ve read like “The Dwellers Saga” by David Estes and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. In those novels the world itself has had to start over but in this one they are unaware of anything past a vast ocean.

Bertauski paced this story well. Giving me the information I needed at all the right moments. Everything fell into place. I felt that in this story there wasn’t a need for a huge character development…HELLO they don’t know who they are! (That’s the only spoiler I’ll reveal, SORRY! I couldn’t help it!) Anyway in that aspect Bertauski did well, even without lowdown on the characters I loved them. (Reed, Danny Boy and Zin)

The progression of these three characters had me on the edge of my seat. Reed broke my heart. Danny Boy kept me hopeful and Zin was there for moral support! I like how these three boys stuck together to get themselves out of a horrible situation. And you might be asking yourself, what horrible situation? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you!! LOL Oh and I can’t forget the character stuck in the Nowhere, the dream girl. She was the most interesting character of all.  Now on to the characters I didn’t like. The Director = the creator and boy was he creepy. Every “Investor” was bad news and they made me so mad, the bastards!

I’m all about emotions when it comes to my books. I have to feel what the characters are feeling and boy did I. There were times where I was scared, those boys were put in situations that I as an adult would not be able to handle. I felt sad and angry nothing good until the end where I was hopeful that all would end well.

You should grab your copy and see for yourself, the suspense will kill you!

I give it my stamp of approval!

Tony Bertauski

About the Author

via Goodreads

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I’ve written textbooks on landscape design, but that was straightforward, informational writing; the kind of stuff that helps most people get to sleep. I’ve also been writing a gardening column with a humorous slant. That takes a little more finesse, but still informational for the most part.

I’m a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I’d rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That’s the sort of stuff I wanted to write, not the assigned reading we used to get in high school. I wanted to create stories that kept you up late.

Fiction, GOOD fiction, is hard to write. Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it’s only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.

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