The Forevers by Chris Whitaker @WhittyAuthor #20booksofsummer21 (9/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Forevers by Chris Whitaker. I was so happy when I saw the ebook was available on my local library’s app. Although I’m eager to treat my myself to a copy because the cover is stunning! This book is also nine of twenty from my list of the 20 Books of Summer challenge. Right, first things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

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 the winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel 2021 and theNew 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?

MY REVIEW

I actually started The Forevers last night, maybe only intending to read a few chapters. However I found myself unable to stop turning the pages. I was completely caught up in both the story and the characters lives. So here is my review, or maybe more of a ramble of thoughts and feelings that came to mind after I finished this book.

As soon as I read the premise for this story I knew I would like it but I just didn’t realise how much. The opening definitely made me sit up and take notice. I guess mainly because I questioned how I would feel or react after receiving news that in ten years, that would be the end of everything! In this book we are introduced to Mae along with her friends, family and the people she goes to school with. Mae has a feistiness to her personality but there is also a vulnerable side that shines through. This was definitely more evident in her interactions with her sister, Stella. I also can’t go any further without having to give a special mention to Felix and his love life.

Even though from the outset you know the end of the world is going to happen. I guess in a way it isn’t necessarily the central theme. However it does cast a dark shadow over everything and is always there in the background. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there is so much more to this story than the end of the world. You not only get the mystery over Abi’s death but also a coming of age story about this flawed group of teenagers.

The pacing was strong and completely addictive. Some of the themes that are woven throughout this story include faith, family, friendships and love. As the characters try to find their place and feel comfortable in who they are. There are also more darker themes as the characters lives are laid open. I felt like I was right there with the characters experiencing everything with them.

Not everything is always as it seems and The Forevers explores this perfectly. As secrets, lies and truths are exposed. However there were also these wonderful moments of humour perfectly placed to lighten the story. Where I would smile or giggle, usually at something Felix said. Then there were the moments where I tried to stop the tears from falling and failed miserably. This is another powerful book written by Chris Whitaker that made me cry. However I definitely forgive him. The Forevers is a wonderful example of his emotive, rich and immersive writing. A truly captivating story from start to finish!

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