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, shaved. 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.
(This book can be read as a standalone)
Received a digital copy for an honest review.
This book is definitely one of my favorites from this year and one of the most shocking from my past reads. The writing style was a bit annoying at first because it started with a bunch of short sentences but as I kept reading it I completely forget about my problems.
The story is about six girls who wake up with absolutely no memoires in an abandoned place. They have no idea how they got there or where they are. One of the girls woke up in a brick house and can easily go in there while the other faint if they try to cross the fence leading to the house. They have to learn how to trust in each other because if they don't work together they will never defeat the obstacles they'll have to face.
It starts a little bit boring because there wasn't a lot of information, the girls had no idea of their surroundings nor of their identities but after a time conflicts rose and strange, sometimes even creepy things were discovered.
I loved how there was a strong relationship between most of the girls by the end, even if they had to do a lot of unpleasant things they still managed to grow close to each other. What I didn't like was how little I know about Mad, Jen and Kat, they seem like one person if I look back because they were too similar.
This story sucked me in completely, it was so unusual and extraordinary that I won't even mention the few resemblance I found between this book and other dystopians I've read.
"Memories don’t make you who you are."
A lot of questions arose throughout the novel, one of them was if it's worth to know about your pasts if it was a living hell. Another important question was who are you without those memories? Would you be an entirely different person if you'd had them?
The author didn't leave unanswered questions, he commenced into a lot of mysteries but in the end everything fitted together. Though I hope there will be a sequel because the ending was nerve wrecking.
I liked most of them well enough but as I said before some weren't put together and they kind of ruined a part of the story but other than that I can't say bad things about them either.
Cyn: She was a strong and independent heroine who knew enough not to waste their food and wasn't afraid to stop the mean bully Roc from taking away more of their things. She became this strong after she got back her memories but it was in her all this time and she was one who had to lead the others.
Miranda: At first she was more sympathetic than Cyn but as Cyn changed for the better she became very self-esteemed and whiny, she never did anything but complain even if she had a far more better situation than the other girls. She quickly jumped on conclusion which wasn't a good thing and she didn't ask just assumed.
Mr. Williams: He was by far the most unlikable character in this novel. He was a self-orientated bastard who never cared about others but himself.
Sid: He's the one I feel the most sorry for, if you think about it everyone could make their own choices but him, he was nowhere as evil as Mr. Williams, he was the marionette of him and he suffered because of him.
Favorite character: Cyn
Least favorite: Miranda
I'd recommend this to those who like thrillers which won't stop shocking you even in the very end.
The story idea: 4/5
The realization of the story: 4/5
The characters: 3/5
The cover: 4/5