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

The Annihilation of Foreverland: A Science Fiction Thriller

byTony Bertauski

Kobo ebook | March 16, 2013

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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?

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

HOW IMPORTANT ARE NAMES TO YOU IN THIS BOOK. DID YOU CHOOSE THEM BASED ON SOUND OR MEANING?
Almost all of my books have names with special meaning, some foreshadowing a big twist. In The Annihilation of Foreverland, Reed’s name was symbolic of his ability to tolerate suffering, bending in the face of gale forces but never breaking. 

WHERE DOES YOUR TOMORROW SPRING FROM? IN OTHER WORDS, HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CRAZY WORLD?
Sometimes, I can’t remember how the story started by the time I get to the end. The Annihilation of Foreverland started with the premise of identity. I wanted to write it as a YA book in the science fiction dystopia genre in a way that slowly unfolded as well as questioned who we are and explore our fear of death, and what we’re willing to do to avoid it. Like all of my stories, it does have a romantic angle mixed into the action. Because it should.

GIVE YOUR BOOK THE BECHDEL TEST. IT HAS TO HAVE AT LEAST TWO (NAMED) WOMEN IN IT WHO TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT SOMETHING BESIDES A MAN.
I failed because there’s only one female in The Annihilation of Foreverland. However, the young adult sequel (Foreverland is Dead) passes with flying colors since its mostly female characters that rarely talk about men.

WHAT SORT OF BODY COUNT ARE WE TALKING HERE?
The bodies die, but not necessarily the characters. Chew on that a second.

DO YOU WANT YOUR TOMORROW TO MAKE IT BIG, AS IN JK ROWLINGS-BIG? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Believe it or not, no. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to make enough cash to pay off this house and send my kids to college, but I’ll pass on fame and fortune. Anonymity is a blessing.

YOU CAST YOUR CHARACTERS FOR A MOVIE. WHO MAKES IT?
In The Annihilation of Foreverland, I only casted two characters in my head while I was writing it. The Director is Jeff Bridges and Mr. Jones is Anthony Hopkins. It was like watching a movie as I wrote.

HAVE YOU WRITTEN IN ANY OTHER GENRES BESIDES YA DYSTOPIAN?  WHAT DREW YOU TO YOU THIS GENRE?
I’ve been fascinated by consciousness, identity and what this all means since I was young. I would read my grandfather’s science fiction books with elements of artificial intelligence and alternate realities and wonder what happened when they died? I suppose that’s why all of my writing deals with the big mysteries of life in one way or another. In a way, I write for my own exploration, in a sort of thought experiment approach, pulling apart our identities, exploring what makes us who we are. If I lost my memories, would I still be me? If I had my body parts replaced with synthetic replications, at what point would I not be me? Do I even need a body? 

What am I?

A few years ago, I figured I’d write a romance novel. Since all of my books have a romantic element, I thought it would be fun. Halfway through the novel, I found myself thinking more and more about the next project—a dystopian idea. So 40,000 words in, I scrapped the romance novel and got back to what I love. Science fiction.

Title:The Annihilation of Foreverland: A Science Fiction ThrillerFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 16, 2013Publisher:DeadPixel PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN:9990006582369

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Enthralling and Gripping Scify Mystery! “The Annihilation of Foreverland” is an imaginative mix of science fiction and mystery that begins when Danny Boy wakes up in a special rehabilitation center with no memory of his name or past. With a hole in his frontal lobe he’s told that he’s one of several boys undergoing therapy so that on graduation from the program they can be integrated back into society. In a camp atmosphere and overseen by an elderly guardian, Danny’s days are filled with gaming and classes until an alarm draws the boys to the “Haystack” where they’re hooked up to a computer-generated program that sweeps them into the alternate reality of Foreverland, where all their dreams are possible. But Reed, an older teen refuses to endure “the needle”, clinging instead to a dream of a girl with red hair who urges him to resist the treatment. Enthralling from beginning to end, the plot heats up when Danny Boy meets the same girl in the fantasy land and he along with Reed and his friend Zin begin to unlock the mystery of the island with its cruel Director and a sinister research project that steals memories. Masterfully Tony Bertauski builds an atmosphere of lies, secrets and deception on an island far from civilization with snatches of news clips of missing people, of accidents and snatched bodies as well as landmarks like a wall that stretches across one end of the island hiding a Mansion with a resort-like ambience for elderly investors which the boys are prohibited from accessing. With twists and turns as the momentum of the story increases, intensity and suspense ratchet even higher especially when Danny Boy a computer genius gains access to the computer network uncovering clues to an evil scheme that will bring the Director fame and fortune at a tragic cost. Breathing life into this fascinating exploration of the brilliance but terrifying cruelty of men’s minds, the author has created realistic, complex and unforgettable characters like thirteen-year-old Danny Boy a brilliant hacker who’s intuitive, smart but submissive at first although wary of his elderly guardian and the therapy program. Seventeen-year-old Reed is defiant and vulnerable, breaking under the abuse inflicted on him while the ethereal Lucinda Jones is determined, rebellious and a quick learner. Yet it’s the cruelty, deceitfulness and single-mindedness of a Director who hungers for wealth and immortality as well as the callousness and selfishness of his investors that adds a cold chill to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Annihilation of Foreverland” a well-written, intriguing plot filled with haunting characters that I couldn’t put down until finished.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Foreverland I was appalled. What a waste of time and money. And the need of a review being no less than 100 characters begs the idea I could say that much of this very bad book!
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Annihilation of Foreverland An intriguing concept that gets you thinking, can the story turn into reality. I became lost in the book of Foreverland, rushing to the end but wanting more. The storyline draws you in and you can actually feel the characters, a well written book, worthy of praise
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the annihilation of foreverland This book is weird, but enjoyable, every parents nightmare, and difficult to imagine this ever happening, mad scientist lurking in the background alert!
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Abcd This story could have used a plot that "came into view" sooner than part 3 if you know what I mean.
Date published: 2015-04-26