The Annihilation of Foreverland
Here's my review of Tony Bertauski's The Annihilation of Foreverland
The truth is, when I read the first few pages, I wasn't interested and psyched about reading this. I don't know about you but I wasn't a big fan of all those techy stuff especially alternate realities because the theme is just so... unreal.
I started to get into the book when I got a grip on what was going on, and by then, I still wasn't tha...more
The new cover is really much better!
I got pulled in the story fairly quickly and easily. No dilly-dallying, no slow build-up, but the mystery from the start: where are those boys, what's happened to them, and what lies behind this weird island they're living on. I like wh...more
EDITED ** I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new cover!!! WTG Mr. BERTAUSKI!
I'm going to be completely honest here and tell you I was not expecting much from this book. In fact, lately I dread starting self-published or author requested books because well... they just haven't been that great lately. But oh was I wrong about this one! Holy moly, I literally read this book in two sittings. It was unlike anything I've ever read and I'd say the best way to de...more
That's 77,000 words for less than an iced double tall nonfat sugarfree 180 vanilla latte at Starbucks.
I was actually given this months ago and I fell massively behind and have only just gotten round to reading it. I am making a huge effort to catch up at the moment, I feel bad I'm keeping everyone waiting.
Anyway, to the book. I don't mind accepting books from self-published authors, I've had quite a few and had some really good books that way, I am quite selective with what I will accept though. I didn't know much about this boo...more
I mean, it was different. It was different than the dozens of books that one might read, one after another, storylines and characters blending together. I will remember it distinctly long after more popular novels have drifted away.
I read a review that implied that the book was meant for young people, and boys in particular - but I don't think that's necessarily true. I can imagine my 15 year old brother reading this book and enjoying it, but I can't say that he wou...more
Excuse me people. I’m having an old folk moment. I need to tell a quick story to express how I feel:
When I was little, I used to watch wrestling with my Great Grandmother (We called her “Big Ma”.) She is by far the oldest person I’ve ever known and feared by all. She was an axe wielding very tough cookie of a lady. (Seriously, no joke) Any who, she never cried! (Even when she chopped her big toe off one day chopping wood.) She w...more
Um, wow. Is my first thought. A good wow. A very good wow. This tells the story--well it's really hard to say exactly what it's about without revealing the big twist at the end! But it's quite a bit darker and more horrible than I originally anticipated going into it which is always a pleasant surprise for me, but it may put off others, just so you know. It's quite horrible, everything. Might even go as far as to call it a bit of horror. It's not "s...more
Things go from bad to worse for Danny. Everyone in the island seems part of this mysterious circumstance, yet no one questions it. And when they do, they are branded 'crazy'. Add to that the mysterious Ha...more
And I have to admit I adore this cover.
But I found the book to be rather boring and I couldn't summon the desire to finish. It didn't bother me so I gave it 3 stars.
I quit at 20%. Later I'll link to a review from my friend Caleb who enjoyed this book much more than I ....if he ever finishes his review (*pokes Caleb*). Link! http://papyrus.calebblake.net/2012/09...
The book follows the story of Reed and Danny Boy and their adventure in finding out about Foreverland what Foreverland really is. It sort of reminded me of a cross between the movie Inception and a mix of other dystopian books I've come acros...more
This book was absolutely amazing! What I really loved about it was the concepts that were being explored (at least they were from my POV – which is quite possibly completely wrong haha). I was hooked from the first page and literally could not put it down till I’d finished the book. The story is set in what is essentially an island prison for lost boys. Each boy has an elderly Investor who is supposed to be some kind of caretaker – but with an extra side of creepy. When the kids wake up on the i...more
I am actually having a difficult...more
The characters caught my attention and I was very caught up in the story.
But they still acted like teenage boys.
Although I was able to figure out what was going on pret...more
The story made me think a bit of Cory Doctorow novels - where technology is so embedded in people's lives that it is frequently actually embedded in people.
The news bits at the beginning of the main chapters were a really interesting addition to the story (so often things like that simply don't work). The added to the story, giving more background about what is going on, and allowing the reader to pu...more
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 Be...more
Danny Boy wakes up in a hospital room with a hole in his forehead. He can't remember anything. He is told by an old man named Mr. Jones that he is in a special rehabilitation center.
Mr. Jones tells him that they are on an island and that there's nothing but wate...more
There is an uncertainty as to why the boys are in the island. Danny Boy and his friends appear to be healthy and happy while there are old men who are just creepy (the word “pedophile” ran across my thoughts every now and then). For awhi...more
Disclaimers: I received a electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Intense. Brilliantly written. Dramatic. Suspenseful. Those are all words that come to mind when thinking about this novel.
I started into this novel not really knowing what to expect. It had been a long time since I read the synopsis, because it unfortunately took a long time to get to this one. But the second I star...more
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...more
Danny Boy becomes quick friends with Zin who shows him around the island paradise. The boys are given freedom to roam the Yard, play video games, and eat whatever they want. The only catch is that every week they have to go to the Haystack. Inside the Haystack the boys are t...more
The island where thirteen-year-old Danny Boy wakes up should be every boy's dream--a tropical paradise, no parents, lots of other boys around his age, and plenty of time to play video games between visits to the ultimate alternate reality world, Foreverland. They're told that the island is a rehab center, and Foreverland is key to healing their minds before they graduate.They all have sockets embedded in their foreheads for the probe needle that transports them fro...more
Some may have been in accidents. Some may have committed crimes. All they know is they’re here to “get better,” to become...more
What I enjoyed the most was the way the characters related to each other. Their relationships, some which stayed the same, some which changed as the novel progressed, were nicely written, in a way that made them feel authentic. Something else that caught my eye was the way the “villains” were handled. In so many stories the antagonists are por...more
Bertauski did a good job of reavealing the secret...slowly but surely we begin to uncover the secret of the island (no, not that island...more
The opening with Reed and the torment he receives in the Haystack and the continuous punishment he surfers. He is so much stronger than I think I could...more