This year, I am a part of the Indiependence Day Blog Fest to bring attention to an indie book that could use some more love. Recently I read a YA novel called The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski and I really loved this book. It reminded me of John Saul's work, which I've been a huge fan of for a long time. And this book also got a new cover and so, I love it even more.
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? Together, they discover what it’s really doing to them.
The Annihilation of Foreverland is about a creepy island where troubled kids can't recall much of their past because they're memories have been removed. They can enter a virtual world through a needle that's driven into their foreheads to get a blend of new and old memories. I loved this book. It is full of surprises, highly imaginative, well thought out and gripping. If you're looking for different YA, along the lines of John Saul, definitely check this out. I thought the characters could've had more development, but I was engrossed, so I kept my RATING at:
So, to celebrate INDIEpendent authors, I will be gifting, The Annihilation of Foreverland from the store of your choice and sending you two more YA eBooks for your reading pleasure.
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~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.