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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
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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: 2650 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: #3,473 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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60 of 61 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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48 of 51 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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26 of 28 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Better Title: Annihilation of Innocense
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... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by R. Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaky
First off I have to say that I read these books out of order. This is the first book. I still wasn't lost as they could easily be stand alone stories, but I advise starting with... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jodi
4.0 out of 5 stars Very intriguing series
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Published 11 days ago by K. April Holgate
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
I don't know what to say about this book other than it was a good read. An excellent read. How cruel some can be to others to gain for themselves. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars FAIR
An interesting novel that you will enjoy.
Published 17 days ago by BAARDA
4.0 out of 5 stars Who are we? What makes us?
This book really makes you question what makes us? Our memories, thoughts, bodies, or money? The Annihilation of Foreverland is extremely well written, allowing you to slowly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leighanne
3.0 out of 5 stars intriguing idea
This was an interesting premise and kept my interest throughout. I loved the idea of an alternate reality and joining minds...also of living memories.
Published 2 months ago by Cindy B. Wright
1.0 out of 5 stars This idea of stealing someone's body to take advantage of their youth...
This is a very badly written sci-fi novel with a not very original premise. The writing is extremely amateurish and I'm not just talking about the frequent typos and grammatical... Read more
Published 3 months ago by kimba
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite an interesting read
I truly enjoyed this book. I felt so sorry for the boys. It is amazing thinking about being able to go to other places. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Loni Sue
3.0 out of 5 stars What did I just read?
I'm still confused but I loved the storyline and how they executed it. Tony had a vivid imagination! Good job.
Published 3 months ago by Brittney
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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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