Foreverland is Dead by Tony Bertauski

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, 18006247shaved. 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. – Goodreads.com

First, let me say that I didn’t read the first book in this series, The Annihilation of Foreverland, and that was a mistake because I was confused throughout a good portion of this novel.  That being said, the summary of the story sounded fascinating and I was anxious to read Foreverland is Dead.

Despite the mysterious situation these girls were thrown into, the story failed to grab me.  I felt as if too much attention and time were given to the everyday chores required at the cabin, garden, etc., an aspect that had nothing to do with advancing the plot.  When a body was found early on, I thought maybe that was where it would pick up, but none of the characters seemed to give the body much thought, other than trying to avoid it.

Although the group dynamics were interesting,  I failed to connect with any of the characters and generally didn’t care for them.  Cyn had some good moments, especially when she took one of the characters down a few notches.  The writing style consisted of some short choppy sentences at times and the book itself could use some editing, as some words were left out or repeated in several places.

I thought the overall idea of the story was appealing and there were certainly some unexpected twists towards the end; however, I would strongly recommend reading the first book before this one, as the six girls were also in that novel.  If I had done that, I probably would have been more invested in the characters and storyline.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author through NetGalley.

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