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The Annihilation of Foreverland [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bertauski
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Book Description

When kids awake on an island, they’re told there was an accident. Before they can go home, they will visit Foreverland, an alternate reality that will heal their minds.

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.

Danny Boy, the new arrival, meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland. She’s stuck in the fantasy land that no kid can resist. Where every heart’s desire is satisfied. Why should anyone care how Foreverland works?

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"WOWZAS. This novel is by far one of the most creatively crafted and uniquely written stories I have ever read." --Amazon Reviewer
"One of the most enjoyable books I've read this year" --Amazon Reviewer
"Loved loved loved this book." --Amazon Reviewer
"I was hooked from the very beginning" --Amazon Reviewer
"I couldn't put this book down." --Amazon Reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 2623 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006S63JLM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good sci-fi that kept me reading March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a good story that kept me interested. I read it every free chance I had because I wanted - no, I had to see how the story ended. Let it be noted that I do not read science fiction that often but I thought this book was pretty good.

It was fairly fast-paced...only a few slow parts. I liked that the reader does not have to have a background in computers to understand the underlying story and the plot. The premise was quite interesting. Imagine a remote island with a bunch of old, dying men and young, teenage boys. At first glance, you may think this is going to be very sick and twisted but the real reason behind it - while twisted - is not the way your initial thoughts may have been. These boys are given free reign of most of an island where they get to play video/virtual reality games, go to class but not have homework, hang out on the beach. They just have to have a needle inserted into their frontal lobe every few weeks and go into an alternate reality...Foreverland.

I definitely had my favorite characters and characters that I wanted to disappear into Nowhere. My favorites were Danny Boy, Zin, and Reed. I even liked Mr. Jones to a degree. I know, Mr. Jones was a "bad" guy so to speak, but he seemed to genuinely care about Danny Boy and not just for the reason he sponsored him. Zin ended up being a great friend to Danny Boy. Reed was a tragic character that you wanted to see succeed in his resistance. And Danny Boy was such a smart kid...a wrong choice for this island, that's for sure!

However, there were some things that I did not enjoy about this book. (And this is why I gave the book 3 stars instead of 4.)

In Chapter 7, the description of the boys going into the Haystack - it being Danny Boy's first time there - disturbed me a bit.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great surprise! February 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A self-published, Kindle novel - so not me. On top of that, I think it is YA. I start a lot of these each year & never mention it because they're just not up to snuff & I hate to hurt the author's feelings. But I read this one & I'm very glad I did. It was a really pleasant surprise of a straight SF novel with a lot of fantastic elements. Quite an imaginative setup with well motivated characters, well drawn in a strange scenario that could be happening now or in the near future.

I spent the first 1/4 of the novel trying to figure out what was happening & the next half realizing I was right, but trying to figure out what the fix was. Then the last 1/4 was a mad dash to see who would win.

There were faults. Some of the plot points just had to be believed, but given the nature of the story, that was inevitable. Damn, I want to explain that more, but just about anything I say is a spoiler. Half the fun of the book is the mystery, trying to figure out just what is going on. It was a great ride & I look forward to reading more by this author.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Better Title: Annihilation of Innocense April 1, 2015
By R. Wolf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found the author to be effective in these areas:

1 -- Creating the world in which this story took place
2 -- Creating and consistently maintaining an eerie mood which was appropriate for this story

I found this book to be very disturbing for these reasons:

1 -- Sadism/Torture
2 -- Sexual intimidation of boys by men
3 -- Vulnerable children being "groomed" for abuse by adults

I found this book to be disappointing for these reasons:

1 -- Plot developments and twists were telegraphed from the beginning of the story.
2 -- There was excessive and ineffective use of story ideas previously developed by others. It is perfectly acceptable to adapt established concepts for use in one's writing, but in my opinion Mr. Bertauski did not do this very well. For example, Danny Boy is not Ender.
3 -- Character development was weak, with some major characters showing essentially no growth or changes.
4 -- Although I did not like the story, what was presented could have been presented more effectively with tighter editing. I believe that Mr. Bertauski was too wordy in many places. In some places where I thought the story dragged I skipped ahead quite a few pages, and I don't think I missed much.

A work like this will find its market niche, but I cannot recommend it for anybody. I particularly find it inappropriate for children and young adults.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting premise; hack writing December 3, 2012
I kept reading it only because I started reading it. I am now at the climax of the book and may not finish it. The premise is interesting -- and sufficiently described in other reviews. However, the writing ranges from average to poor, and exposition in particular is handled very very badly. When the book ends with chapters of everyone explaining everything to each other and to themselves, something went very wrong. Character development is poor which is not repaired by suddenly revealing the biographies of all the main characters at the end of the book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I was confused at the beginning of this book. Not in a bad way; I wasn't frustrated or uninterested in what was going on, but I spent the first couple chapters thinking "What is going on here?". It took a little while to get my bearings in this story. I felt kind of tossed into the middle of a conspiracy. Since I've finished the book, I am pretty sure I was.

Bertauski has painted a very interesting picture. All kinds of comparisons floated through my mind as I read this story: Neverland, Pleasure Island, The Matrix, that island from "Lord of the Flies"... However, Foreverland does have a flavor of its own.

I enjoyed Danny's journey and although the beginning of the book was disorienting, I like the direction it took. I wasn't prepared for the way the plot was structured, but I think that's why I liked it. Once I had my bearings, I raced through most of the book. To me, it was quite obvious that something hinky was going on as soon as it became apparent that Danny wasn't the only guy with a hole in his forehead and a suspicious lump in his back. Things pulled together wonderfully. I was glad that while I guessed right, it was more complicated than I thought, and the results of the actions taken in the book made for an interesting and satisfying conclusion.

--Katherine X, Kindle Book Review
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing lasts forever?
The description of this book is that it is the first novel of 2 in a series but that series is composed of three books now:
1. The Annihilation of Foreverland
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Published 18 hours ago by Desert Rat
4.0 out of 5 stars Young adult sci fi
The virtual reality in this book kept me guessing constantly how far VR was really going and where it started and where it might end, if it did end at all. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Mieko Yoshimura
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to get to book two.
Just finished book one in a day and a half.
There were indeed some predictabilities, but the story was still well written with good suspense and some unexpected twists. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Heather Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars The writing itself was very good. The auther leaves clues and easter...
I read this book and immediately had to buy the entire series. Some of the plot lines reminded me of a mix between the Matrix, The Maze Runner, and Inception - but all rolled up... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Bobbiejoe derhak
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good scifi read.
Excellent read. Well written. Different from anything I've read in a long time. Excellent as a stand alone book but I look forward to reading more in the series.
Published 4 days ago by LorieV
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book
Published 5 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Intriguing!
The more I read the more I wanted to read. I`m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published 6 days ago by Sandra Cordasco
3.0 out of 5 stars it is not a bad read: entertaining
A bit dark, with all the torture of children and the raping of their souls. Some severe believability problems in the action sequences. Still, it is not a bad read: entertaining.
Published 6 days ago by James lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Sucked me in from the get-go . . .
Pulled me in right from the start. Engaging characters and a plot line that requires the reader to pay attention. Read more
Published 6 days ago by KERRY C - UTAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
I like the the concept a lot. It was quite unique. It gave me things to think about and to talk to my spouse about. I recommend this to anybody who has an imagination.
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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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