“Reed didn’t walk like he was crazy. Danny didn’t exactly know what a crazy man would walk like, but it didn’t seem like it would be confident, slow and steady. Just because someone doesn’t fly with all the birds doesn’t mean he’s buts.
The flock could be going in the wrong direction.”
When I first saw The Annihilation of Foreverland on NetGalley, I didn’t exactly know what to think of it. Here is the summary given by the publisher:
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?
It seemed interesting, but pretty vague for a summary. After reading the novel though, I understand the ambiguity. It is almost impossible to explain this book any more than they did without giving anything away.
What I can say, is the book was written extremely well. We mainly follow a dual perspective, alternating between Danny and Reed, but sometimes we get other ones tossed in. It works though.
The character development is slow, but in a good way. The boys don’t have any real memories, just a jumbled mix of things that were put in their head when they came to the island. They start to get their memories back when they choose to ‘take the needle’, and go inside Foreverland. Since Reed continues to refuse, it takes us a lot longer to find out anything about him. We know as much about them as they do, and as they figure everything out we are there step for step.
This novel is chock full of twists and turns. From the get-go you are trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and just when you think you do, something happens to change your mind. Then you are sure you’ve figured it out for sure this time and..
With The Annihilation of Foreverland Bertauski has created one of the most original dystopian/alternate reality worlds that I have read in a long time. it is refreshing to read a novel in which I have no idea how it is going to end even up until the final pages!
It even included a little sneak peak into the sequel Foreverland is Dead which I cannot wait to get my hands on!