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Foreverland is Dead [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bertauski
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Six teenage girls wake with no memories. One of them is in a brick mansion, her blonde hair as shiny as her shoes. The others are in a cabin, their names tagged to the inside of their pants. Their heads, shaved. Slashes mark the cabin wall like someone has been counting.

Hundreds of them.

There’s wilderness all around and one dead adult. The girls discover her body rotting somewhere in the trees. As the weeks pass, they band together to survive the cold, wondering where they are and how they got there. And why.

When an old man arrives with a teenage boy, the girls learn of a faraway island called Foreverland where dreams come true and anything is possible. But Foreverland is dead. In order to escape the wilderness, they’ll have to understand where they are.

More importantly, who they are.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2832 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D4GFD8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it! September 13, 2013
Girls, waking up not knowing who they are, having no past. Learning early that they have been implanted with a device that knocks them unconscious if they wander to far from the hut. Fighting for clothes, and food with the heavy feeling of a never ending struggle to survive. But Miranda is different, she explores the high tech, well stocked house. But without knowing how long they are stuck here, can she risk sharing and how much?

Foreverland is Dead takes a darker turn pretty fast. The stink of rotting flesh and struggling just to live through the day. Its pretty obvious from the beginning there is a leader, calling all the shots. She is not about to let anybody show her up, and she'll fight to maintain her power over the other girls.

First in the series The Annihilation of Foreverland we saw a group of boys struggling with their lives, but now it's the girls turn. Each book can be read as a stand alone or any order. They are dark, with twists you won't see coming and engaging characters you want to see win in the end.

The story is very powerful and suspenseful. At times keeping the reader on the edge of their seat to see if the girls will make it out of danger, alive. It's dark and incredibly imaginative, violent and creepy. PG-16
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read August 26, 2013
I don't know what to talk about first. My head is still spinning from this novel and not exactly in a good way. My first thoughts ... sigh. Okay. When I first read the blurb on Foreverland is Dead, I was really excited. This sounded like a dystopian novel ... I LOVE dystopian novels lately. And this one sounded like it had some crazy twists ... I do love twists!

Then I started reading. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm expecting too much with books today. Maybe that's what it is, my expectations are too high. I want to pick up a book and be transported. I want to go to another time or place and be swept up in what is going on in these pages. I don't want to think, I want to be overwhelmed. I want to feel something towards these characters ... I want to hate, love, dislike, despise, adore ... I don't care what emotion, really. I just want the characters to come alive.

At the end of the book, there is a MAJOR twist. And if I'm being completely honest, this twist was totally lost on me because I couldn't remember exactly who a certain character was. Really?!? I wanted to throw a massive temper tantrum and go kick someone in shin. I felt like I was let down. Granted, that may be my own fault. Maybe I didn't pay attention. Maybe it was the beginning of the book that lost me.

At the beginning, I was a little thrown off by the haltingly way that the book was written. It felt like the author was trying to use the least amount of words possible for each sentence. The sentences were cut off, not in a way that left a fragmented sentence, but in a way that I felt I was only getting part of the information. The book read like it wanted to be more ... does that even make sense?!? I have another one of my crazy analogies for you ...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No spoilers here. June 29, 2013
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What a great sequel! I loved the Annihilation of Foreverland, and this book expands on its main story without repeating anything from the original plot. It never occurred to me to wonder where the girls were. They were never on the island, and they had to be somewhere. This is their story, in a new setting with really interesting characters. Each of the girls has a distinct personality, and they are some tough girls!

While this is science fiction, there are also elements of mystery and creepiness that enhance the whole story. The characters struggle with questions about the nature of reality and the elements of personal identity, all within the story. Nothing slows the pace of the book. Best of all, I didn't see even a hint of the ending coming. This book is well written and entertaining reading.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foreverland is Insane July 2, 2013
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Wowza...I just finished reading Foreverland is Dead. I loved the first book, The Annihilation of Foreverland; it was a truly unique story with a lot of really interesting philosophical ideas in it. This book was definitely not short on philosophical or moral quandaries!

As the other reviewers have said, you really get sucked into the story. The characters are great, especially the Cyn-Miranda and Cyn-Roc complexes. The setting is gripping and suspenseful. The ending...WOW.

All in all, a great followup to The Annihilation of Foreverland. I am definitely looking forward to see what Bertauski is cooking up next!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Straight up: you are going to get to the end of this book, and let out a little squeally gasp reserved for something slimy slithering down the back of your shirt. That's all I'm going to say about that.

Tony Bertauski has the uncanny ability to split and sustain a climax over a sequence of several events. You're hoping the heroine makes it out alive...the tension drops and immediately begins to're hoping the heroine manages to save the rest...then the third time, you're hoping the heroine has the ability to lay a whooping on that guy.

In Foreverland is Dead, Tony Bertauski creates a world that was first intimated in Annihilation of Foreverland. While this place is alluded to, it is only a small element of that tale. This world is entirely different, and lends a new meaning to `the cold, harsh world'. Annihilation of Foreverland isn't required reading to enjoy Foreverland is Dead and it doesn't matter which you read first. The plots are completely distinct and where the stories overlap, they are not hindered by too much or too little information.

While Annihilation of Foreverland ponders some philosophical ideas, Foreverland is Dead contemplates them with much greater earnestness. Tony Bertauski presents concepts that have been the burden of philosophers since man began thinking. He explores the meaning and complexity of self and reality. He asks who are we, and who we are at the same time.

What does it mean to `be'? Do we consist solely of our bodies? Or are we the thing inside? What comprises the borders of our selves? Are we nothing more than the sum of our memories, and if so what becomes of us if our memories are lost?

What defines reality?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Okay that was a good one!
You will love this book if you like out of the box stories. It's written in third person very easy to read, and the ending is surprising! It's about living in a dream world. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Michael Tuccillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed it
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars makes a reader wonder about their own life
While reading this story, the reader thinks someone's experiment has gone wrong. Made me wonder if I am living in a dream world or a REAL world.
Published 1 month ago by Mary L Whitling
4.0 out of 5 stars wow
So I'm very happy with this. Just when I thought it would be over it's not! Great read. So beyond worth it.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
Interesting concept. I really enjoyed the book.
Published 3 months ago by Mandy McAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars FOREVERLAND
Foreverland... now that's something to get the mind going. How much in their word is real and how much is a dream.? Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julie Steele.
3.0 out of 5 stars What???
That's the end of the book? Really? At just under half way through I considered not reading any further, I didn't see where it was going to go. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Super creepy with a twist of sci fi!
Although this is not a sequel this book is fantastic and felt like a great addition to the Foreverland series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Creating Serenity Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to top awesome...
Foreverland is dead is book two in the Foreverland series. I think writing a sequel is probably harder than writing the original story because you have to better it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lynxie
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Well written, but I thought the story was a little too slow paced.
Published 8 months ago by hans lucas
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During the day, I'm a horticulturist. While I've spent much of my career designing landscapes or diagnosing dying plants, I've always been a storyteller. My writing career began with magazine columns, landscape design textbooks, and a gardening column at the Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). However, I've always fancied fiction.

My grandpa never graduated high school. He retired from a steel mill in the mid-70s. He was uneducated, but he was a voracious reader. I remember going through his bookshelves of paperback sci-fi novels, smelling musty old paper, pulling Piers Anthony and Isaac Asimov off shelf and promising to bring them back. I was fascinated by robots that could think and act like people. What happened when they died?

I'm a cynical reader. I demand the writer sweep me into his/her story and carry me to the end. I'd rather sail a boat than climb a mountain. That's the sort of stuff I want to write, not the assigned reading we got in school. I want to create stories that kept you up late.

Having a story unfold inside your head is an experience different than reading. You connect with characters in a deeper, more meaningful way. You feel them, empathize with them, cheer for them and even mourn. The challenge is to get the reader to experience the same thing, even if it's only a fraction of what the writer feels. Not so easy.

In 2008, I won the South Carolina Fiction Open with Four Letter Words, a short story inspired by my grandfather and Alzheimer's Disease. My first step as a novelist began when I developed a story to encourage my young son to read. This story became The Socket Greeny Saga. Socket tapped into my lifetime fascination with consciousness and identity, but this character does it from a young adult's struggle with his place in the world.

After Socket, I thought I was done with fiction. But then the ideas kept coming, and I kept writing. Most of my work investigates the human condition and the meaning of life, but not in ordinary fashion. About half of my work is Young Adult (Socket Greeny, Claus, Foreverland) because it speaks to that age of indecision and the struggle with identity. But I like to venture into adult fiction (Halfskin, Drayton) so I can cuss. Either way, I like to be entertaining.

And I'm a big fan of plot twists.

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