Six teenage girls wake with no memories. One of them is in a brick mansion, her blonde hair as shiny as her shoes. The others are in a cabin, their names tagged to the inside of their pants. Their heads, shaved. Slashes mark the cabin wall like someone has been counting. Hundreds of them. There's wilderness all around and one dead adult. The girls discover her body rotting somewhere in the trees. As the weeks pass, they band together to survive the cold, wondering where they are and how they got there. And why. When an old man arrives with a teenage boy, the girls learn of a faraway island called Foreverland where dreams come true and anything is possible. But Foreverland is dead. In order to escape the wilderness, they'll have to understand where they are. More importantly, who they are.
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After reading Foreverland is Dead, I came to realize a few things about this Foreverland series. The first is that I really underrated the first book in the series, The Annihilation of Foreverland. The second is that I really, really, enjoyed the stories and they stayed with me for quite awhile after I finished the book. As such, I've gone back and upgraded my review of the first book and I give this book a solid 4 star review as well.
Plot: The boys were freed in the first book but what about the girls that appeared on the island? For them, it wasn't quite as simple and now six girls are trapped in a rugged mountain area, struggling to survive as cold sets in and their supplies dwindle. Even worse, they have no memories of who they are, scratches on the wall seem to indicate they have been there a long time, and they must deal with their personality conflicts that could tear them apart. Then an old man, Mr. Williams, and a catatonic boy, Sid, appear. Are those two the key to getting out of their prison or will they be the end of all the girls?
A sign of a good book is when I can't put it down - even to go to sleep in the early hours of the night. This was one of those books. Bertauski's stories draw you in quietly, without you realizing it, and then you are hooked and want to see the end to conclusion. He packs in plenty of mystery in the plot but it really is the characters that keep you reading. The style isn't flashy; rather, straightforward and to the point. It does read a bit YA due to giving away plot points quite easily and early. But somehow that also make it a more interesting read when he gives just enough doubt to the plot points.
Those who have read book one don't need to worry about this being a retread of the first book. Although key attributes are there (one bully kid, sacrifice, torment and trauma, one kid centered on reality and logic), the villain is at least not over the top this time and the circumstances of the girls are very different. There is a clever tie in to book one and, of course, the returning character of Mr. Williams and Sid.
In all, I look forward to more books in the series or the next book the author writes. This series has really surprised me at its depth and how invested I became in each story.
Note: I listened to the Audible version. Although ok, it was a bit flat.
Six teenage girls wake with no memories. One of the girls wake in a brick mansion, her shoes as shiny as her blonde hair, while the others wake in a cabin, name tags on the inside of their pants and their heads shaved. They find hundred of slashes marked on the wall, wilderness all around them, and they find one dead adult. Wondering why and how they got there, they band together to survive the cold. One day this old man and a teenage boy arrives and tells them of a faraway island called Foreverland. The girls learn more about this place called Foreverland, they learn it's a place where dreams come true and anything is possible. Foreverland is dead though, before they can escape the wilderness, they'll all have to understand where they all are, but more importantly, who they all are. Foreverland is the book that comes after The Annihilation of Foreverland. I rated the first story 5 stars. I must say that after listening to this story I wished I could give it 10 stars because I really loved it. I personally think this story was even better than the first book. I hate leaving spoilers so I try not to. I try to tell what I think about the author, a little about the story, and of course the narrator and leave it at that.
Author Tony Bertauski won me over with the first story but I feel this one was much better. I can tell he's a very talented author. Actually, the two books can be read as standalones, which is always a plus to me but I still recommend you read them in order. Tony creates a world of mystery, intrigue, and a world you could feel that could be real. There's fighting between the girls, turmoil, struggles to live, and struggling to survive. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, never bored, and it was breathtaking. Tony did a superb job, written to perfection, and he took me on a perfect ride. He blew me away and I found myself immersed and engrossed in this story. He has a new addition to these two stories called Ashes of Foreverland. I want to discover more of Tony's stories and see where he'll take me next. I highly recommend this story, it's a must read!
Linda Velwest is a talented narrator. I've listened to her narrate Spinner in the Sun and Jamais Vu and both were great and narrated perfectly. I must say that Linda outdone herself with her performance of Foreverland is Dead. Each girl has their own personality, different accents, and their own unique style. Linda doesn't seem to have any trouble at all with distinguishing each girl. She does a great job with al the female voices but an even better job with the male voices. She had me engrossed to the story and she pulled me in as if I was living inside the story myself. I received this audio at no charge from the author/narrator in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.