Monday 8 October 2012


Publisher: Planet Explorer's Publishing
Pages: 60
Formats Available: E-Book

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In the very near future, the country is plunged into drought and unrest. Scare resources and constant heat are making life completely miserable. Casey doesn't think she can stand slugging back another gel pack or working one more shift at the wells. Fortunately, there's a solution: anyone over the age of seventeen can sign the Forever Contract and enter a utopian paradise. While people's minds take a permanent vacation, their bodies get warehoused and hooked up to a complex array of sensors and feeding tubes. As Casey's brother says, "You upload your consciousness to the system and you're free to live as long as you want, however you want. No more pain, no more heat, no more awful dust, no more work. Just pure thought. It's what our species has always been meant for. Suffering is for philosophers. Not for me."

Casey's ready to sign--a permanent vacation is just what she needs. There's only one problem: her boyfriend James doesn't trust it.

Told from his and her perspectives, The Forever Contract is a 17,000 word (60 page) novella suitable for readers in grade 8 and above.

Would you sign the contract?


I was won this from Librarything to read and review this novella, in exchange for my honest review. So big thank you's to Librarything and of course the Author.
I like the cover and I suppose it is to represent the relationship between Casey and James, so sure it is relevant to the book. However I feel perhaps a different cover may have  promoted the much more. I think the fact the book is dystopian is not shown or hinted at all 
with it's present cover, but I still would definitely pick this book up to learn more about it if I were to see it in a book store or on the Amazon Kindle site.
Now the book, I really did enjoy this novella. As I explained above from the cover I did not realise it was dystopian so it was a really nice surprise to me. I loved the dystopian concept in this book. I would love to read more of Casey and James story so I am hoping this novella is an introduction to more rather than a stand alone novella.
The world is literally starving and has very little water, the "common" "normal" people have very little and basically just get by on a meagre existence and work at the wells everyday. The only "bright light" on the horizon for Casey is when it's her birthday she has the right to sign the "forever contract" that allows her to enter a surreal world where everything is how you want it. However the downside of this is to go to this place your body has to be placed in a warehouse and you are hooked up to the system. The problem with being in the warehouse hooked up, is that your body literally belongs to the "programmer" Your organs and your body are not your own anymore. You are literally signing your life away when you sign the forever contract. Once you go can never come out!
I think Casey and James have minds of their own and have not been completely brain washed into signing the contract. They are brave to take on the task of finding out more, as if caught you can be put in jail or put straight into the warehouse.
Things don't go according to plan and it comes down to how much James loves Casey, what is he prepared to do or sacrifice to help her?
For a novella this is really action packed and has lots of things happening.
So did I enjoy it? Yes loved, only disappointment was the cliché that I didn't want it to end!
Would I read more of this if it's a series? YES. Would I read more by Avery Sawyer? Am planning to! Would I recommend? Yes and you don't really have to be a total dystopian addict to read this either, and as it's short if you are not a great reader, or lack the patience for a long book, this novella will be ideal.

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