Author: Tony Bertauski
Series: Foreverland #1
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Review Copy: Free Giveaway eBook from Amazon
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
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?
The Annihilation of Foreverland is the first novel in the young adult science fiction series Foreverland by Tony Bertauski. It’s completely self-published, but I think we have a winner here.
Danny Boy arrived on this island where he’s told he’s being healed. All the boys on the island are being healed for some reasons that none of them know. They’re being taken care of by the investors, a bunch of old men, and the Chairman, the man who runs the whole thing. They spend some time in a virtual reality environment called Foreverland while going through this so-called healing process. But there’s something not quite right.
From the beginning, this felt like a mystery that needed to be solved. Danny Boy, the main character of the story, is a computer genius who can’t remember any of his life, but remembers how to do everything. He’s extremely curious, not afraid of doing what he needs to do, and turns out to be very difficult to control. He’s a pretty compelling character. He goes about trying to find out what’s really happening on this island, as well as what’s going on with Reed and this girl in Foreverland. Reed is incredibly stubborn, and it seems no one likes him. That is, no one liked him until Danny Boy arrived. I felt that Reed was trying to do what Danny Boy could do, and find out what’s happening. Zin is a good kid who takes an immediate liking to Danny Boy, and shows him the ropes around the island and Foreverland. He’s a very positive character that is difficult not to like. Thankfully, the teenage characters are not stereotypical or annoying. The Chairman is quite mysterious, and that’s one mystery that needs to be solved. And who are these old men who are called the investors? Mr. Jones, Danny Boy’s investor, seemed kind of creepy, though always kind.
I enjoyed how the story progressed. It was at a good pace and kept me very interested in what was going on, as well as making me think about the mystery of the island. I wanted to find out what was going on, and I followed along with Danny Boy’s constant attempts to get under the skin of the people running the island. It’s trouble-making that I enjoyed a lot. Bertauski did a good job of keeping the reader guessing about what was going to happen next, and I looked forward to opening up my Kindle app and reading it. It was immensely enjoyable, even though I’m not a young adult. It is quite compelling for adult readers, as well.
Bertauski set up a vivid world, though small, and I felt like I was on the island with Danny Boy. Foreverland was pretty interesting, and the twist about it was surprising. That’s one thing that impressed me about this book. There were unexpected twists everywhere, especially in the second half of the book. It was a very creative idea, and it was executed extremely well.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick and imaginative science fiction read based in the near future world. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.