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The Forever Contract (A Dystopian YA Novella) Kindle Edition

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Length: 56 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Under the pen name Avery Sawyer, Laura Schaefer is the author of Notes to Self, a young adult novel about a teen with a traumatic brain injury, and The Forever Contract, a young adult dystopian novella about escaping from hardship by loading one's consciousness into a digital paradise.

Schaefer is also the author of The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2009), The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011), and Planet Explorers Travel Guides for Kids. Learn more about her by visiting teashopgirls.com and planet-explorers.net. Look for Laura on Twitter: @teashopgirl

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  • File Size: 183 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Planet Explorers Publishing (July 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R9DDZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,310 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Under the pen name Avery Sawyer, Laura Schaefer is the author of Notes to Self, a young adult novel about a teen with a traumatic brain injury.

Schaefer is also the author of The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster 2009), The Secret Ingredient (Simon & Schuster 2011), and Planet Explorers Travel Guides for Kids. Learn more about her by visiting http://www.teashopgirls.com and http://www.planet-explorers.net. Laura is also on Twitter: @teashopgirl

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Norstrom on August 15, 2012
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What a refreshing read! Loved the characters, the dystopian world, and the Forever System! It seems like such a cool place to be, until you find out the truth.

Then you dont want to be there at all.

It had some nice unexpected surprises in it.

I just wish it had been longer, that we'd gotten a deeper look into the world, characters and what happens after the end.

I really hope the author continues this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CharDixon on November 27, 2012
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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, arid land that won't support crops. Then throw in an undercurrent of suspicion. A few that don't believe everything they are being told. The set up and the background are great.

Where this novella lets the reader down is in the execution.

Perhaps it is because the concept is too large to be contained in a novella, but the entire story feels rushed and lacking.

The bare bones are there but nothing is given depth or fleshed out. The main characters, Casey and James, are mere facades. They are not real people yet who encourage the reader to become attached. The potential is there.

Casey is a young woman about to make a huge life altering decision. Her boyfriend James is facing the same decision. But the entire tension between their differing views is played out in grade school type dialogue that is far too simplistic for what should be complex and deeply layered emotions.

The same happens in what should be climactic moments. They end up falling flat because the reader has not suspended that disbelief and embraced the world Sawyer is trying to create.

This disappointed me. I wanted more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeraca on August 10, 2012
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**I won this eBook novella from the author through the LibraryThing Member Giveaway free in exchange for my honest review.**

For years now, there has been a drought that has not let up.

Water is timed per month - if a household uses too much water in a month they will lose their water until the first of the next month. Instead of having water bottles to drink, they have gel packs to conserve water.

Food is bland and nothing tastes well. No citrus food at all.

Clothes are dusty and heat stroke is a very common way to die if people aren't carefully when they are outside during the day.

Fortunately, there is a way out of this miserable life. At the age of 17 or older, anyone can sign the Forever Contract, where they get to live in their own virtual world. Wherever they want to live - in the city, country, beach, small town - they will be able to go there in a blink of an eye.

Water and food are there with the very thought of what you want. You will not want anything in Forever - it is a virtual heaven.

Casey is turning 17 soon. She wants to sign the Forever Contract and join her older brother, Ben, who went there a few years ago.

Casey's boyfriend, James, is forbidding to sign the contract. He says that no one is living in this virtual world. They are actually dying in this world.

James knows things that Casey doesn't about the Forever Contract. Things that will make him try to keep her from signing it no matter what the cost is.

But will James stop Casey in time from joining the Forever Contract world? Will anybody listen to James's pleas? Read The Forever Contract by Avery Sawyer to find out!

MY THOUGHTS/REFLECTIONS
Wow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AlanBes on August 10, 2012
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Matrix meets Coma. I read this in a single sitting and it is a great read. The story ended a little too abrupt and I would have liked it to continue - and that's probably just a sign of how much I was enjoying the story. A personal comment, especially as a teen read, is that blasphemy in a couple of places is unnecessary and is more distracting than what it adds to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ZGail on August 2, 2012
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This novella incorporates themes that are recognizable from The Hunger Games and The Matrix trilogy, but asks harder questions about one's own choices. If you could "plug in" and have the most perfect life you could imagine for yourself, would you willingly leave your body behind? More importantly, why are you being given that choice? What aren't they telling you? This was well written and compelling, and I can't wait for the next installment. (I'm assuming there will be a next installment.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Viari Rose on November 12, 2012
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A seeming utopia where not everything is not as it seems. You know the saying if it's too good to be true? This would be the case here.

At the age of 17 you are given a choice, leave the hard life and go into a virtual reality where your environment is made entirely by you. The perfect utopia...

The story had a very unique premise, one that kept me turning the pages. One that kept me very interested.

The characters were wonderful, the supporting cast were equally well thought out. I was highly enjoying the short story.

It had a wonderful pacing... until about last few pages where it fell extremely short, it was very anti-climatic, with loose ends.

*I received a copy through Library Thing's Member Giveaway in exchange for a honest review*
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