Review of The Annihilation of Foreverland – 5 stars

The Annihilation of Foreverland (Foreverland, #1)The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I downloaded this book a while ago but it has been sat on my to-read list since. I’m now devastated that I actually left it this long to read. The book is excellent, truly one of the best I have read so far this year. Such an unusual concept of the sci-fi genre but incredibly fast-paced like a detective mystery. Something that even fans not keen on sci-fi will love.
The story centres around Danny Boy, the new arrival to the island. An exotic island run by the investors which gives boys everything they can dream off, especially once they step inside the needle. However, another camper named Reed intrigues Danny, Reed refuses to step inside the needle and instead is tortured for it. When Danny then meets Reed’s dream girl inside Foreverland, things get complicated, she knows things, things the investors don’t want the boys to know. She is stuck in Foreverland. Which side will Danny choose – the outcast Reed and his strange girlfriend or the investors and the boys living their dream on the island. Danny doesn’t know but he knows he needs to find out more.
For those that like sci-fi, dystopian or even thriller stories this is a great read and the pace is set almost instantly. Great as a standalone novel although I was pleased to read this is actually a series. For those that really enjoy clever twists, this book is full of them.
The descriptions were very realistic and although in theory this is set in a future world there is a tiny part of you that thinks, this could be happening now, how far are we from such technology. The characters were complex and the twists kept coming, I especially liked the little snapshots of their past weaved into the story. Everything you want from a good dystopian thriller.

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