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.
~Haunted Rose's Review~
The first chapter of this book was amazing. You could feel the raw suffering that Reed feels. I wanted to know more about the book and I couldn't put it down. Danny Boy, the main character, reminded me of Thomas in Mazerunner. He is confused and can't remember anything but he knows he can't stay here on this secluded island even if it does have the world's best video games. The worst part about this island is the Haystack. You go in and suffer through sticking a needle in your frontal lobe before you get to finally enjoy the awesomeness of Foreverland where every dream comes true. The only downside to reading this book is the confusingness. I had a hard time keeping up and putting two and two together but when it got to the end I was blown away. If you enjoyed Mazerunner then you will totally enjoy The annihilation of Foreverland!
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1. Tell us about yourself.
I'm a horticulturist. I know, I know. Plants and science fiction doesn't seem to mix. I started writing as a garden columnist and design textbooks. I've always read science fiction and at some point felt inspired to write it. It all started with a character, Socket Greeny. It was a three-book story that unfolded in my head (cliche, but true). It took years to finish, half that time was spent learning how to write fiction.
2. In one sentence only, why should we read your book?
What exactly does it mean to be real?
3. Are you working on any other books?
Right now, I'm working on Claus, Legend of the Fat Man. Yes, you read that right. It's a sci-fi take on Santa Claus, a semi-serious telling of how the man named Niclaus Santae became the mythical figure Santa Claus. It addresses all the Christmas characters (Rudolf, Frosty, Jack Frost, etc) and how they came to be, more from a scientific perspective and not so much magical.
4. What authors influenced you the most?
Early on, it was Frank Herbert and Stephen King. Later, it was Neil Shusterman, Laurie Anderson, and MT Anderson. I'm really moved by great voice and superb endings.
5. Zombies, vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, witches, or faeries and why?
Vampires. I wrote a series of novellas about a new age "vampire" named Drayton. It's not YA, it's definitely adult fiction. I considered the fact that, if a being were immortal, it would likely evolve from animalistic to wise and compassionate. But with kickass powers.
6. What is the wildest idea you had while being an author?
That I'd be famous.
7. What is your favorite part in your book?
This might surprise some, but it's the romance part. When Reed and Lucille finally see each other. I think that romance part is an important part in every story.
8. What is your favorite book?
Lately, it's been A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (I cried) and Feed by MT Anderson (impressed with the voice and plot).
9. If Harry potter and Edward Cullen had a fight what do you think the outcome would be?
Mmm... well, Potter can do magic. Why not just just blow Cullen up from 100 yards away? Point, Gryffindor.
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