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Posted July 23, 2013
The Annihilation of Foreverland is one of the most enjoyable boo
The Annihilation of Foreverland is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. It’s entertaining, a little out there, and makes you think.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
While I found this book to be different and new in many ways, I can also find similarities with many other popular (more mature) YA books/series. Ender’s Game was one that came to mind right away. The Hunger Games, and some other dystopian titles can also be grouped with Bertauski’s novel. I think fans of either of those books, dystopian, and books with an alternate or cyber reality might like to check this one out.
I think my favorite part of this book was Foreverland. It’s concept and the virtual world itself, made me wonder about the real-life possibilities of the human mind and our computer technology. This is often the case when it comes to science fiction and I think the author set it up effectively. I also thought the characters were great. Danny Boy, one of the main characters, was my favorite. All of the characters were well-developed and played a big role in the story. There were even a few times when I sympathized for the “bad guys.” With a story like this one, it’s not easy to do (but you’ll have to read it to know what that’s all about. can’t reveal too much without spoiling this one.)
This is the first book of a series, and if this is any indication of what to expect in future books, I think it has a chance of becoming one of my favorite series.
Posted July 11, 2013
Posted July 22, 2012
Wow! Just, wow! (This will be a better review once I get past th
Wow! Just, wow! (This will be a better review once I get past the "wow".).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Ok, now that I've had some time to let this book settle into my brain: This was one of the best books I've read in quite awhile! There were plot twists and turns that I never expected and blew me away. The Annihilation of Foreverland is one of the only books I remember thinking about a lot even when I wasn't reading it. I recommend this book to all of my friends that like sci-fi type books.
I am definitely a fan of Tony Bertauski
Posted July 1, 2012
I was given a free copy of this in return for a review, but my r
I was given a free copy of this in return for a review, but my review is completely unbiased.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I have to say I didn’t have a real idea of what Annihilation of Foreverland was truly going to be about when I read it, and wow it blew me away. It was so interesting, the plot twists were excellent, and the characters felt very well developed even.
The main character is a 13 yr old boy named Danny, better known as Danny boy. He’s an excellent hacker (makes me wish I had even a tiny bit of those skills) and is busted by the FBI. The next time he opens his eyes he’s on an island with all boys for “rehabilitation”. He has several memories, but can’t sort out what memories are real and what are fake. He also has a strange hole in his head, and a tracker sticking out of his neck. Sounds strange I know, but if you read the book it will all make sense…….
The boys have access to all of the latest gaming equipment, tablets, and classes aren’t real classes. Danny proves his mettle to all the other boys when he begins to play one of the latest combat games. His team all dies, and goes out and annihilates the other team. He has no idea how he does it, just that if came as naturally as breathing. Each boy has a “mentor” and Mr. Jones is Danny boy’s mentor. He looks after him, tries to encourage him, and makes sure he’s following the rules of the island.
While this sounds like paradise, there is a darker side to the island and the mentors. Every couple of weeks the boys have to endure what is known as the “haystack”. The boys are lined up, told to take off all of their clothing and locked into a small cage for 8 hours (they aren’t told the length of time) it’s sensory deprivation combined with pure torture. The temperature is cold, it’s humid and mist sprays down on them. All they have to do is insert the needle into the hole in the forehead and they are free of the physical torture and can do anything they can dream of in “Foreverland”. Who wouldn’t want to escape that pain into a world that they control?
One boy, that’s who. His name is Reed and he’s never once taken the needle as it’s called; instead he’s endured countless forms of torture. The Director of the Facility and the Mentors don’t like backbone. They want the boys nice and compliant. Danny is just that as he takes the needle. In fact, the book reminded me at this point of the movie The Matrix. As Danny navigates Foreverland he meets Lucinda a girl who exists in Neverland. She helps him navigate his first 3 times, but after that he really doesn’t need help. After his 3rd trip he starts to enter into the data stream, and he actually becomes the data in the system. He knows how to manipulate it, bypass it, and merge with it. And he never loses his self-awareness throughout the process. It’s something unheard of in The Facility. A boy that can become one with the data?! He can bring the whole operation crashing down.
But what exactly is the operation that’s going on here? Well, when a boy “graduates” smoke billows out of the chimney, the mentors aren’t who they claim to be, and no one is allowed to leave the island, except when they graduate. But why would smoke be coming out of a chimney when a boy “graduates”? And some boys just don’t work out, and disappear suddenly… It’s a race to find out exactly what’s going on, and only Danny can navigate the data stream. It’s a good thing he has some friends to help him.
This was an excellent read. I read it all in one day, because I was determined to answer all of my questions. Let me tell you, while I was right on some major points I was waaaaay off on others. SPOILER ALERT*I literally yelled “Noooo” when I realized that Danny hadn’t made it out of the program and help wasn’t coming*END SPOILER ALERT I definitely got some weird looks from the people around me, and I’m pretty sure they all tried to scoot away from me!
I would have never guessed the ending in a million years, especially with Reed. It was an excellent read. Even when I felt like it was part Matrix I still liked it, because it explained in detail what Danny was doing. That was fascinating to someone like me. It had some good fight scenes, but where the book really shines is in its strategic plotline and unexpected twists. There is some major suspense all throughout the book, so you don’t want to put it down because there is always something good happening or coming up.
Tony Bertauski gets my vote hands done for his excellent writing style. I easily read 10-15 books a week, and some are amazing and some just so-so, but Bertauski takes such great fundamentals of writing to the next level. I’m usually very good at anticipating what the back story in a book is, and what’s coming next, but this kept me on my toes. I loved it!! I’m going out to buy some of his other books, because this one was seriously that good. Trust me, if you like mystery, suspense, and action you will like this book. It’s worth the money and the time invested.
Posted April 16, 2012
Lord of the Flies for a new generation Part Ender’s Game,
Lord of the Flies for a new generationWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Part Ender’s Game, part Inception, part Lord of the Flies, Tony Bertauski’s The Annihilation of Foreverland places young teenaged boys on an island, surrounds them with video games, fun food, and the world’s best teachers, requires they exercise body and brain, and even gives each boy an individual, elderly guardian to prove they’re wanted and valuable. But why are they there?
Some may have been in accidents. Some may have committed crimes. All they know is they’re here to “get better,” to become better people so that eventually they’ll graduate. But the road to graduation seems strange, the older players obtaining a peace that’s dangerously close to unconsciousness, while the younger are filled with hope and fun.
A scary room hides the secret where the serious training gets done. One young rebel refuses to be trained. One new recruit leaps into everything all too eagerly. And one strange girl haunts the dreams of both of them.
As Danny Boy makes friends and enemies, he uses his skills to investigate what’s going on. Newspaper reports create a nice sense of dissociation for the reader, deepening the experience of the tale. Guessing alongside the character, wondering how it might all turn out, and hoping their might be a fix, the reader is quickly drawn in, making this a difficult book to put down. The writing’s quick and convincing. The dialog’s straightforward and appropriate. And the author soon creates that level of trust with the reader that leaves you sure the conclusion’s going to be good. As indeed it is.
I really enjoyed this book. Questions are introduced and answered with perfect timing. Characters demand to be heard. And the set-up’s scarily convincing. A story that should appeal to any sci-fi fans, whether they solve their mysteries quickly or slowly, this one’s highly recommended.
Disclosure: I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Posted March 25, 2012
This isn't a book I normally read but it looked interesting. I
This isn't a book I normally read but it looked interesting. I found that it pulled me in within the first chapter. As I read about these boys on the island I wondered how it ran, who ran the island, and what was going to happen to them. When I got to know Danny, Zin and Reed I wanted to know what was going to happen to them and the Island. It was a great bookWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2012
A trip through Foreverland.
If you enjoy twists and turns, characters who compel you and an outcome that will have you grinning for hours, then you need to read "Annihilation of Foreverland."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story begins with Danny Boy on an island with other boys that seems to be a paradise except for the fact that none of them really remember anything about who they were before they came to the island. In this story, you'll find out who these boys were, why they're on this island and what happens when one boy (who's a little too smart to have really been brought on) starts to not only ask questions, but demand answers.
Bertauski weaves a fantastic mystery and thriller that delivers on every level. The characters (which is always the biggest thing for me)draw you in from the beginning. The writing is technically flawless and the pacing is perfect. Every bit of the writing draws you instantaneously into the world and it is a race to a finish that will have you grinning for hours afterwards (at least I did).
This can be a little on the dark and creepy side, especially in the beginning when everything is all shrouded in mystery, but even if sci-fi thrillers aren't typically your thing, you should take a look at this one. I promise, it will not disappoint.