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The Forevers: The YA debut from the 2021 CWA Gold Dagger Winner (Hardback)Chris Whitaker (author)
The first YA novel from the award-winning author of We Begin at the End imagines, with staggering clarity, the terrible consequences of foresight. A thought-provoking take on dystopia seen from a thrillingly original angle.
What would you do if you knew the world was going to be destroyed by a huge asteroid in one month?
The mesmerising YA debut from acclaimed crime writer and New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End.
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?
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 468 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 33 mm
The Forevers is a YA novel that centres on human civilisation coming to an end. An asteroid is spotted and is set to destroy the world within 30 days. The novel follows a 17-year-old girl, Mae, who grows up during this societal emergency. I found the overall plot to be simple and easy to follow, but the ideas discussed are very complex and interesting.
As the world is coming to an end, consequences are no longer correlated to actions. I loved this concept, as it leads to a world of possibilities and allows the reader to ponder. This book asks the question: "what would you do if you only had 30 days left to live?" This book lets me imagine what I would do if I was in that situation. Sensitive topics such as bullying, abuse and depression are explored briefly.
One of my favourite aspects of this book was the characters. Each one is slowly built up throughout the book, but I especially found the protagonist to be memorable. Mae is portrayed as a weak character who is an orphan, has an abusive grandmother and a young, blind sister.
Overall, this is a novel that is extremely thought-provoking and emotive. There were many humorous scenes which added a lighthearted tone to the story. I would recommend this book to everyone over the age of 12 due to sensitive topics being mentioned.
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