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- File Size: 1332 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: DeadPixel Publications (28 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006S63JLM
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- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Annihilation of Foreverland: A Science Fiction Thriller Kindle Edition
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Rather, this is a twisty dystopian tale with lots of secrets that are revealed slowly, and twists that confound expectations. The clues, the red herrings, and especially the use of other books' plots to disguise or add additional meaning to this book's surprises, worked well and gave rise to an entertaining and satisfying read. This seemed to me to complement books like The Maze Runner (Book 1), which I also liked, in that it offered a creepy environment, a why-am-I-here vibe, and purposeful, (as opposed to just running around or chasing), action.
And, this book does sidle up to questions about identity, consciousness, virtual reality technology, AI and the like. Blending those aspects into the story without beating them to death or getting all philosophical and obscure was the way to go and to me the author struck the right balance.
So, a good mystery, some virtual reality thrills, a restrained authorial touch - this was a very satisfying and entertaining read.
Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
What I enjoyed the most was the way the characters related to each other. Their relationships, some which stayed the same, some which changed as the novel progressed, were nicely written, in a way that made them feel authentic. Something else that caught my eye was the way the "villains" were handled. In so many stories the antagonists are portrayed as one-dimensional, almost psychotic, but in this novel, you could see that the author really gave them some thought. He made them into interesting, complex characters in their own right.
The plot is wholly unique and I won't say too much about it because there are many ways in which I could spoil it for other people. It's a young adult novel that has mostly male characters, which make it completely different form the majority of the ones out there at the moment, adding to that uniqueness. All you need to know just is that you will be surprised and you will be anxious to find out how it ends. What else can you ask from an adventure book? Besides,
This is one I have no problem recommending for both YA readers and adults.
The concept (which I won't divulge) is not original, but it is treated well.
My main concern came with some details like why have the administration administer the humiliation and torture, but be unwilling to force the boy to accept the needle. These are nasty ruthless types, why should they worry about consent.
As someone with 37 years experience of writing software, including operating systems, I wasn't too impressed by the line about "disguising himself as an email", but that's trivial compared to what Dan Brown gets away with, and makes money from, so I'll let that pass
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Amazing skill at revealing clues and making the reader wait to find out what is going on.Read more