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The Annihilation of Foreverland: A Science Fiction Thriller by [Bertauski, Tony]
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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

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2077 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (December 28, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006S63JLM
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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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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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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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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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