Book Review of ForeverChild: A Novel of the Future
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Mark Lavine
Ages: 13-18 | 315 Pages
Publisher: Mark Lavine (2022) | ISBN-13: 9798218130947
What to Expect: Futuristic society, childhood, change, freedom, and privilege.
Vividly depicting a future world that feels all too plausible, Forever Child is a thought-provoking exploration of where the twenty-first-century idolization of youth might lead if taken to its greatest extreme.
In the year 2315, you have a fifty-fifty chance of never growing old. Seelin is one of the lucky ones, born inside the safety and privilege of the Great Hive, where no one ever grows older than 11, and everyone lives for hundreds of years. It comes at a high price, though: cut off from the sight of the sea and even the sky, inhabitants of the Hive are trapped inside a huge protective dome of metal. Kianno, on the other hand, struggles for safety and existence in the world outside the Hive, constantly on the move, constantly in danger. When the two boys accidentally trade places, both are challenged to rethink their most fundamental beliefs about life.
Core to the story are issues of freedom, oppression, and individualism, offering extensive scope for discussion both in classroom settings and with other readers. The story challenges readers, asking them to think seriously about their values and those of the society we live in. There are moments of heartbreak and despair, but—importantly—the novel ends on a ringing note of hope.
A gripping, fast-paced story with hard-hitting plot twists and a compelling cast of characters, ForeverChild is a must-read for any dystopian fiction fan with a keen eye on the present and future.
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About the Author
Mark Lavine is the author of four novels: Dr. Prozac, ForeverChild, Victimless Crimes, and Windekind. He lives in the mountains of Vermont with his wife, daughter, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He loves to take long hikes through the nearby woods, and to cross-country ski in the winter. The dog likes to join in these adventures, but the dog mostly prefers long naps.
For more information, visit http://www.marklavine.net/.
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