They knew the end was coming. They saw it ten years back, when it was far enough away in space and time and meaning.
The changes were gradual, and then sudden.
For Mae and her friends, it means navigating a life where action and consequence are no longer related. Where the popular are both trophies and targets. And where petty grudges turn deadlier with each passing day. So, did Abi Manton jump off the cliff or was she pushed? Her death is just the beginning of the end.
With teachers losing control of their students and themselves, and the end rushing toward all of them, it leaves everyone facing the answer to one, simple question…
What would you do if you could get away with anything?
The Forevers is a pre-apocalyptic novel set a month before the asteroid Selena is due to hit and destroy earth. I was really exited to read this book, everything about it attracted me, the cover and the synopsis sounded amazing. However, having now read it I have so many mixed feelings. The storyline felt slow and drawn out and it didn’t grab me in quite the way I had hoped, possibly because I had been expecting an action-packed ‘save the world’ scenario. Interestingly instead of the teenagers living for the moment as one would expect, the author took us down a much darker and emotional path. This group of teenagers are a somewhat dispirited bunch, they are trying to hold it together and emotions are running high. The author also touches upon some difficult issues such as suicide and mental health problems. It’s not all gloom and doom though, there were some wonderful humorous interactions between the characters and I chortled to myself on several occasions. Mae is definitely the most memorable of the characters and I adored her dry sense of humour, she’s a really tough cookie and I enjoyed following her investigation into the death of Abi Manson and her exploits in trying to uncover the mystery of what happened to her friend.
Rather than concentrating on Abi’s death and the teenage petty grudges I would have like to have seen a more suspenseful and action-packed storyline. I loved the whole premise of the story but regrettably it wasn’t quite what I had been expecting. That being said you will enjoy The Forevers if you like a dark YA novels, with an emotional storyline and a touch of murder mystery. This is Chris Whitaker’s first venture into the Young Adult genre and I believe ‘We Begin at the End’ is a good place to start with his adult novels. The cover is beautiful (but note the proof copy pictured has a slightly different cover). A very thought-provoking concept, so what would you do if the end of the world was imminent?
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date (UK): 8 July 2021
Page Count: 352
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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