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Tony Bertauski (2011 & 2013) | Find them on Amazon
When a group of six young girls wake up in a strange place, unable to remember neither who they are nor how they got there the mystery of Foreverland Is Dead begins. Five of the girls have had their heads shaved and are living in a rundown cabin, but Miranda is different. She still has her beautiful blonde locks and the privilege of being able enter the brick house where food and clothes are stored. When the girls discover the body of an old woman out in the trees they will have to work together to figure out where they are and why.
After receiving a copy of Tony Bertauski's Foreverland Is Dead (via Netgalley) I discovered that there was another book in the series - The Annihilation Of Foreverland. Even though some reviews stated it wasn't necessary to have read the first book to be able to understand the setup of the second I decided it would be best to read both. Unfortunately I really didn't enjoy The Annihilation Of Foreverland, finding the concept intriguing but both the story and characters difficult to invest in. Despite my disappointment with the first book I revisited Forverland Is Dead for a second attempt with a fresh perspective. After going back I have to say that although the two books take place within the same world and ideas I personally don’t think it is necessary to read the first book in order to understand the second.
For the most part I didn’t feel anymore of a connection to Foreverland Is Dead's characters and couldn’t find much of a distinction between some of their personalities, meaning that I kept getting them mixed up. Having said that the setup and plot of this second instalment definitely captured my attention much more than the first and I felt things did pick up around the halfway point, leaving me keen to discover how the mysterious story would end.
Clever concept aside, I wish that I could say that I loved this series but sadly I just felt like there was something missing overall. Despite my disappointment Foreverland Is Dead has received some amazing reviews so, if you enjoy books such as The Maze Runner series this one might appeal to you.
2/5 Halloween pumpkins