9 August 2013

Review: The Forever Ones by Marjorie DeLuca

What they say (book info): Paige is nineteen and genetically altered to stay that age forever. She lives with other "Forevers" like her in the secret IdunaCo. compound, a place where age reversal and immortality has been perfected and the only rules are to live in the moment. Enjoy every minute to its fullest. Be what you want to be for a while and when you get sick of it – be something else.

It all seems perfect until Paige realizes her friends are disappearing. The official word is they’ve been kidnapped by criminals on the outside who want to use them as feeders. Feeders have a short and brutal life – kept in captivity and sucked dry of all their youth cells so the Crime Lords can stay young forever.

When Paige has a breakdown she’s rescued from the Psych Centre by her mysterious but attractive friend Junius who involves her in a daring escape from the compound. Their purpose is to infiltrate the IdunaCo organization and find out what’s really happening to the missing "Forevers". Paige’s journey is complicated by charismatic musician, Chale, a Keener whose attraction to Paige is flattering but causes tension between her and Junius.

When Chale is slated to disappear Paige and Junius save him in the midst of their escape.
Once outside they learn more about their own special powers, reveal clues to their real identity but also realize the extent to which humans will go to achieve immortality. The mission becomes so dangerous Paige is forced to the limits of her endurance and has to make tough decisions about who she can trust – Junius or Chale.
Where to buy: Amazon


I received a copy of The Forever Ones in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: I'm a huge sci-fi fan and I was really intrigued by the blurb and premise of the manmade 'forevers'. Marjorie DeLuca provides an interesting take on the immortality story, all wrapped up in a fun YA sci-fi bundle.
Paige is a 'Forever', a beautiful and genetically modified 19-year-old, who is effectively immortal. The 'Forevers' live in perfect comfort and happiness in  a containment facility, where they will remain eternally young and beautiful.
I liked Paige, because in a world which screamed 'stick with the status quo' she always asks questions and can see past the matrix-esq front (no it's not a computer thing so don't worry), where others are blissfully ignorant of their situation. As Paige uncovers more secrets and lies, she is faced with even more questions and never really knows who to trust.

The love triangle: Guy #1 is her friend and fellow thinker Junius. I liked Junius, although I never really felt he was all that trustworthy. Guy #2 is her popular musician friend Chale. Chale often seemed too good to be true and I was constantly expecting him to turn on her. Actually, in reflection I can honestly say I didn't entirely trust either of them!
The Forever Ones reminded me of an amalgamation of several sci-fi stories/films, including: The Island (because of the corrupt and sinister corporation), The Hunger Games series (in that there was a war brewing and an evil corrupt leader), Battlestar Galactica (because of the question of immortality and reality), and The Matrix (with the perfect lifestyle presented to the clueless forevers).
I'll definitely read the follow up, but I really hope we learn more about Chale and Junius - maybe they are both untrustworthy?! The Crime Lords and the forthcoming battle if done right has the potential for sci-fi greatness! If you like all things sci-fi and dystopian then The Forever Ones is prob your sort of thing?!
4 Stars in my Sky!
My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "I'm just missing someone I never met." "That's the weirdest thing I've heard today."
  • "Is this your girlfriend?" she asks Chale and her lips crinkle upwards in a smile. There's an uncomfortable silence and I'm about to protest when Chale says, "No - but I'd like her to be."
  • "I've been totally honest and you know I'd never let you down." His head droops. "I know. That's why I care so much about you."

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