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The Forever Contract

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  413 ratings  ·  70 reviews
In the very near future, the country is plunged into drought and unrest. Scare resources and constant heat are making life completely miserable. Casey doesn't think she can stand slugging back another gel pack or working one more shift at the wells. Fortunately, there's a solution: anyone over the age of seventeen can sign the Forever Contract and enter a utopian paradise. ...more
Kindle Edition, 56 pages
Published July 30th 2012 by Planet Explorers Publishing
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Meghan Reimer
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopian
This short YA novella is a undiscovered gem in my opinion. Sawyer creates an imaginative dystopian world brought on mostly by lack of water, a severe drought. The powers that be create a virtual reality for their citizens so their minds can live in a place free of suffering, while keeping their earthly bodies in a stasis. Kind of like a voluntary Matrix.

The story follows two 16 year olds, Casey and James, who are faced with the decision of whether or not to enter into the Forever contract and jo
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Laura Schaefer
I wrote this book, so I can't rate it. :)
Jessica
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

When I first got the inside scoop on this dystopian novella, I knew I wanted to read it. I have been anxious to read a number of dystopians as of late and this one definitely fit the bill. The synopsis is just an idea of what the world is like, but there is so much more to it that Casey and James and their families face.

Signing the Forever Contract means losing out on physically being with your loved ones who choose to
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Marjorie
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am giving this a 4 star rating as a YA short story. It does not have the depth and character development of a full novel, and therefore, could not compete with my favorite full length YA dystpians ( e.g., Divergent, Legend, Delirium, Hungar Games). That being said, I really enjoyed the dystopian elements. It is The Matrix meets Coma from a YA perspective. The book made me think about what true happiness really means and the innate need for human survival.
Kat
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book !! It sort of reminded me of the Uglies series, and Delirium, two amazing books with a plot similar to this. I hope there's more because this one right here was so interesting!! She wrote it very well, and was sad because all those people who went into the forever would just die and become a program.
Amanda
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. it was so compelling. I hope that there is a folks up. I seriously wish it was a full novel. I didn't want it to end. I need to know if the programmer goes down... so many questions!!! Great read!
Naomi
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is not in my normal realm of reading but it was definitely a good read....
pinK
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
I really wish this were a full novel. I absolutely loved the story and the characters and was left wanting to read more. I hope there is a follow up!
Renee
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not just another YA book

A creative but credible storyline combined with relatable characters who are more than cardboard cutouts make this book shine like Venus before dawn. No vapid term girl waiting for a hero to save her, rather a more equal relationship much better to see in young adults. Definitely has me heading back to Amazon with my credit card and to favorite a new author. 😀
Paige Turner
Sep 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Read more of my reviews here: https://paigeturnerreads.wordpress.com/

The cover of The Forever Contract and the synopsis were both misleading. For the most part, I stay away from books that have covers like that, it usually means certain events occur. None of that happened though, so I’m not sure why Sawyer chose this cover. The synopsis was what pulled me in. The thought of “upload[ing] your consciousness to the system and you're free to live as long as you want, however you want.” was intriguin
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
MY REVIEW
I was won this from Librarything to read and review this novella, in exchange for my honest review. So big thank you's to Librarything and of course the Author.
I like the cover and I suppose it is to represent the relationship between Casey and James, so sure it is relevant to the book. However I feel perhaps a different cover may have promoted the much more. I think the fact the book is dystopian is not shown or hinted at all
with it's present cover, but I still would definitely pick t
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Leah
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
How would you like to live in a world where everyone is thirsty? There is hardly any water and electricity. To make up for the lack of water inhabitants are given gel packs. They don't really get rid of the thirst, but they help keep everyone alive. And the electricity? Everyone is given an allotted amount a month. Most people save their electricity to power their screens.

What are these screens and what is so important that people would rather use their electricity for them than for such things
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Jessirae
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this short novella, The Forever Contract, we dive into a dystopian world where the country is experiencing the worst drought human kind has ever encountered, where the water is so scarce trees and plants are a rarity to be seen. Following the water wars, a system was created as an alternate paradise where you can live an immortal life, pain free, work free, and with all the food and water you could possibly want. However, this paradise has a price. A dangerous price.

The Forever Contract was
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Charlotte
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a short novella in the burgeoning YA dystopian fiction genre.

There are some really good ideas here. The underlying main concept is fantastic. A world where you can choose to have your consciousness uploaded into a virtual world. Still being able to interact with those in the “real” world via computers screens is fascinating. The idea of watching those you know in their self-created virtual worlds. Even the reasoning behind why this is happening works – water shortages that cause wars, ar
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Rebekah Martin
The premise of this book was very interesting. Sign away your life and live in Sim City? Why not? You can control where you want to live, how you want to look, etc. Don't have to worry about a job, a place to live, what to eat because it's all provided for you in a virtual world of your choosing.

Casey is almost of age, and is about to join her brother, who has already signed the Forever Contract, but her boyfriend, James, doesn't trust it, and doesn't want to lose her to it. He has been working
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Stacy Richman
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a short novella. So now I have to say give me MORE!! The story line was great. The whole thing takes place in the future when natural resources are all but non-existent. There is no water and even less food so everyone survives on jell packs. In order to make the world better "the programmer" has created a virtual world. At the age of seventeen you are allowed to sign a forever contract and go into the system. What this means is that your body is hooked up to life support and you mind i ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Forever Contract is a short Novella and I started it in October 2012 and finally had a chance to pick it back up and read it in January of this year. I have to say that I was peeved with myself for not reading it sooner. Man oh man Avery needs to make this into a book. Lord the world had me scared to death. Lord that kind of world could happen to anyone. Yes it is Dystopian but the government is always doing something so this may be our world soon enough. Food for thought.

The country is in a
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Rhonda
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 STARS
The Forever Contract(A Dystopian YA Novella)
The story is good but short. I wanted to read more, find out what happens next.
The world is in a drought for years. No one has grass, it is illegal to have your own garden. Thier are food shortages, water shortages. You can buy gel packs that work in your body instead of water.
A system was developed where you sign a contract snd your body goes in a warehouse,hooked up to feeding tubes and you get uploaded to a virtual world. You can have anythin
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Laras
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
For the first several pages I thought this would be a four-star read. As I got into more pages I changed my mind and rated it three stars, and I thought it would stay at that rating. But by half of the story, I realized that this book only deserves two stars: the writing is bad, the characters make silly decisions to do things, and weird things are made to happen in order to move the plot.

The narration is flat, the sentences fail to create the atmosphere of the situation they are narrating; and
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Alexa

My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.

2.5 stars

I have to admit that the cover is what made me want to read this novella. It's very eye-catching and hot. Now, as for the actual story, it's a quick and easy read. I do think some of the things that happened in this novella would have been better in a full-length novel because I felt some things needed to be fleshed out more. And I didn't quite feel connected with the main characters Casey and James. Honestly, they aren't a pair th
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Brittany Pickett
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I rated this novella high because I knew what it was when I first started reading, a short novella. This story was a really cool concept. The problem was because it was so short there was really no world building or characterization. You got a glimpse of these but not a big picture. It seemed like the author wrote the first book in a trilogy of dystopian novels, but only gave us the highlights of that first book in this novella. Everything happened so quickly because to tell the whole story she ...more
Olivia
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked this novella, and only wish it had been longer! This would make a great full length novel. The characters are interesting, the story line is very original, I believed most of it!

Two main things I did not like:
1. There were many writing errors. The verb tense was jumping all over the place. Pick the past or the present, and stick with it unless you are writing a flashback or something along those lines.
2. I rolled my eyes when Casey pulled out the laser gun. Even though the author
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Jessi
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this novella in exchange for my review. I had mixed feelings about this story. I really liked the story idea, and I wanted to like the actual novella, but it fell a bit short for me. I think it would have made an excellent full-length novel, but as it was written it came across as an ok abridged version. I felt like a lot of the things that happened in this book didn't really fit with the story, or were part of a story line that didn't seem to go anywhere. Even for a novella, it felt ...more
Vivien
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, dystopian
The Forever Contract, was what i am looking for when I needed to read that time, it gives me an ample idea that deciding on this trivial such as selling the soul is a very important decision (dumb statement). XD. But really it was the third Dystopian Series i read after that epic read of Hunger games and divergent, this was a refreshing read after the adult books i've been seen to be drawn to these days. Story's about Casey and her choice to go into the "system" that holds her dear brother and t ...more
Sarika
The idea of it was good but I honestly expected a different ending. If this had been a full novel with an alternative ending, I believe it would've been way better and probably would've gotten AT LEAST 3.5 stars out if me.
Edit: After writing about this book on my blog, I've decided to come back and go more into detail about why I disliked this book. Like I said above, the IDEA was really good, but the ending felt rushed and unimaginative and the book itself seemed to lack detail. I feel like if
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MKat
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I started this book this evening and it had be hanging on every single word. Needless to say I finished it in one sitting! My only complaint, it's too short! I got 75% into it and was super confused as to how the author was going to wrap it up with so few pages left... I wanted MORE!! The action at the end could have lasted much longer and the last few scenes felt choppy as it finalized. All in all a really good, drawing read, but I was disappointed in how abruptly it ended. Left me yearning for ...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
This book was different. I am new to the Dystopian fiction genre and have found myself intrigued by a few of the book in this genre. This one was different and while I liked it I think I connected with the story but not the characters maybe there was something that I missed or maybe I was not supposed to connect with them. This book was interesting and I think that the story line could have had more to it and I would have connected with these characters. This was not what I thought it would be a ...more
Charlie
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014, e-books
A really good novella that amazed me. I could have read it in one sitting it was a gripping short story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I think that the cover is slightly irrelevant to the story line, however, the story as a whole was fantastic and suitable for any dystopian fan.

I enjoyed a fresh and new outlook on the genre. I enjoyed the Divergent Trilogy (a little too much!) and The Hunger Games, so I thought that I would give this book a chance, what made even better was that it was a free e-book
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Apzmarshl
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
It was definitely a novella....or really just a short story.
Great premise about the near future, rampant drought and starvation, and rumors of wars.
People are given the opportunity to sign the forever contract, which will make them an avatar...their body resides in suspension, on life support and their minds live on in paradise....or so they are told.
The idea was amazing, but the story was brief and lacked depth.
Gapeach
Sep 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Very appealing concept. After the government realizes there's a game noone wants to log out of,they use it in their favor. The world is running out of resources. If you want to be free of worry you load your consciousness into a program that the government runs. You sign a forever contract, never to be returned to your body. All the avatars of the people who've done it say it's wonderful. But is it really?

Need another installment!!
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