A beautiful YA novel about belonging, acceptance and what to do with the time that is left!
I was kindly gifted this to take part in the Tandem Collective readalong.
The Forevers by Chris Whitaker
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?
Going into this I already had my mind set on how it was going to go, from an investigation into Abi’s disappearance, looting and violence to someone saving the ‘end of the world’ from happening……oh how wrong I was!
I would have to say the main theme throughout this story is one of belonging. As we discover more about Mae and Abi we soon realise they felt like outsiders or ‘creeps’ and ‘weirdos’ resulting in them forming their own group, The Forevers. We are then introduced to such a fabulous and diverse range of characters who each go on a journey of discovery.
The small town they live in is called West and definitely has that close knit community vibe where there are many secrets to uncover and really holds true to the saying ‘you never know what goes on behind closed doors’.
This story explores so many issues and asks many questions. If you only had 30 days to live what would you do? We see characters question their faith, question whether it’s the right time to fall in love and even question whether they can get away with murder.
Overall this is a stunning story that will really resonate for those who have ever felt excluded or different. An ‘end of the world’ story that shares a beautiful message about belonging and love – just wonderful!