If you liked Inception, The Maze Runner and Ready Player One, you'll love the mind-bending thriller Foreverland!
The boys woke on a tropical island. The girls in the wilderness.
They don't know where they are or how they got there. Or why. Remembering who they are is only the beginning of their escape.
Reed will make great sacrifices to find his lost love and Danny Boy will refuse to let the old men win. Cyn will have to battle through madness. Self-discovery is the only way out, but a journey through dreamlands of alternate reality and the greed that powers them is difficult to escape when you have everything you could ever want. In the end, they will all discover what Foreverland really is and what it wants in return for making dreams come true.
Will they find their way out?
REVIEWER FOR FOREVERLAND
"Foreverland is a psychic roller coaster." – Reviewer
"Soo amazing that I was yelling at everyone to leave me alone to finish." –, Reviewer
"One of the best series I've ever read." – Reviewer
"What a freaking ride!!" –Dianne, Reviewer
"Addictive and delicious!" – Reviewer
"Potent page-turner… Foreverland will grasp you from the very first page." –Mallory a. Haws, The Haunted Reading Room Reviews
"It doesn't get better than this…" – Reviewer
"Mindblowing and original… one of the best I've ever read." –Alex Slater, Reviewer
"Brilliant read… will have you on the edge off [sic] your seat." –John Jackson, Reviewer
About the Author
I grew up in the Midwest where the land is flat and the corn is tall. The winters are bleak and cold. I hated winters.
I always wanted to write. But writing was hard. And I wasn’t very disciplined. The cold had nothing to do with that, but it didn’t help. That changed in grad school.
After several attempts at a proposal, my major advisor was losing money on red ink and advised me to figure it out. Somehow, I did.
After grad school, my wife and my two very little children moved to the South in Charleston, South Carolina where the winters are spring and the summers are a sauna (cliche but dead accurate). That’s when I started teaching and writing articles for trade magazines. I eventually published two textbooks on landscape design. I then transitioned to writing a column for the Post and Courier. They were all great gigs, but they weren’t fiction.
That was a few years later.
My daughter started reading before she could read, pretending she knew the words in books she propped on her lap. My son was a different story. In an attempt to change that, I began writing a story with him. We made up a character, gave him a name, and something to do. As with much of parenting, it did not go as planned. But the character got stuck in my head.
He wanted out.
A few years later, Socket Greeny was born. It was a science fiction trilogy that was gritty and thoughtful. That was 2005.
I have been practicing Zen since I was 23 years old. A daily meditator, I wanted to instill something meaningful in my stories that appeals to a young adult crowd as well as adult. I hadn’t planned to write fiction, didn’t even know if I had anymore stories in me after Socket Greeny.
Turns out I did.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quit making me stay up all night, I'm tired! I read the first Foreverland book before I had the box set. So I started this with book 2 as I was hooked. A gritty mix of fantasy and reality, it's one of those series that feels totally plausible. And once I got to the third book, I couldn't put it down! I read til my eyes were too tired to focus and I was dropping my screen! I just really wanted to see how everything was interconnected --because it is. Tony Bertauski does one of the best jobs I've ever seen at tying all the loose threads of a story arc together, even over the course of three full-length novels. There was some very strong foreshadowing in book three, so that I was yelling at the main characters for not getting the big reveal...But then again, they are pretty young. I was extremely happy with how it all pulled together in the last few pages...and I am even more excited to see that there is another series that will somehow tie into this one! I just need to find a way to quit reading when the sun goes down, or I'm going to crash from lack of sleep! :)
I know a book is very special when after reading almost 800 pages I hate to see it end. This book falls into that category. It has both an extremely imaginative, if sometimes complicated, yet understandable storyline, and wonderful, complex characters that you will learn to love or to hate. I highly recommend the complete "Foreverland" trilogy and would rate it 10 stars if possible. Looking forward to some more sleepless nights when I begin reading the "Halfskin" trilogy. Thanks Tony!
I very much enjoyed this story.