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The Annihilation of Foreverland [Kindle Edition]

Tony Bertauski
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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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
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"One of the most enjoyable books I've read this year" --Amazon Reviewer
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"Loved loved loved this book." --Amazon Reviewer
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"I was hooked from the very beginning" --Amazon Reviewer
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"I couldn't put this book down." --Amazon Reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 2603 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,832 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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57 of 58 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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47 of 50 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting premise; hack writing December 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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19 of 20 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Storytelling July 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Let's be honest, fellow Brave Indie Reader, when you download a free indie book without knowing anything about the author, your plans to kick back and relax with a good book for a couple of hours can quickly go swirlin' down the ol' crapper. You're cautious as you tap-tap-tap your way through the first few pages. Don't diss me for being weak, but despite being duped before, I downloaded The Annihilation of Foreverland solely on the title and cover art. No pouring over reviews or even the description. I literally went in completely blind. What a pleasant surprise to find such a talented storyteller with nothing but my Kindle Fire and a wifi connection.

I absolutely loved the premise of this book. A group of teenaged boys on a beautiful island with everything they could ask for; unlimited food and video games, a comfortable room, no real school or homework. They get to do pretty much whatever they want. The catch? Every two weeks their handlers, or "Investors", take them to the Haystack where they are stripped and made physically miserable until they take the needle -- where they get to escape their discomfort in an alternate reality. Eventually, when they're "healed" by their sessions in the Haystack they get to graduate, although none of them know quite what that means.

I won't give away too much of the plot, but let's just say it's a well-woven tale with twists and turns that you don't expect. You start thinking, "Oh, so THAT'S what's going on," only to find you are wrong a few pages later.

As I've mentioned before I'm a character-driven reader, and Mr. Bertauski does an excellent job of drawing me in with well-rounded characters that I cared about.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Foreverland
At first I was unsure of this book. Now that over read it I want more. This was witty and inspiring. It some ways it was heartbreaking to read, hard even. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Julie Steele.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cool book cool concept. Very much for an older teenager or computer person.
Published 13 days ago by Silvia B. Rivas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Read
Published 21 days ago by Maggie May
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
It was a good read. Kept you thinking if what you thought was happening was where the author was taking you. Really enjoyed this.
Published 29 days ago by adelie21
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by Rhoda E. Balay
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book this year for me
Fascinating ! One of those books you carry around with you so you don't miss a spare minute of reading. Make sure to read Foreverland is Dead after this one
Published 1 month ago by Sandy J. Gudaitis
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Sci Fi lover but it was still interesting.
I don't think this book would normally be my type of book. It is a horror of sorts but it's the Sci Fi aspect that really threw me off. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Creating Serenity Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Adult with a good dose of horror
Author Tony Bertauski has created a paradise of an island in the south Atlantic Ocean where adolescent and teenage boys roam, fish, play state-of-the-art video games, anything they... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen Siddall
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
I got this copy from Librarything in return for an honest review. This book was very well constructed and written. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Millie Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Books I Have Ever Read!
This book is really terrific. I love CRAZY post apocalyptic books such as 1984, and this is definitely as good! The characters are so intriguing that I couldn't put it down. Read more
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More About the Author

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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