Review: The Forever Contract

Summary:

In the very near future, the country is plunged into drought and unrest. Scarce 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?

My Review:

5 Stars. I really enjoyed this book as it allows you to think about what would happen if you were in the same situation. Casey and her boyfriend James live in a dystopian world where things are not great – water shortage, lack of food and electricity. At the age of 17 they are offered the chance of signing the Forever Contract, which means their brain is uploaded into a computer whilst their body is put into a warehouse and they are able to live the life they want – and anything they wish to have just appears for them. But is it as perfect as they make out? That is what James and Casey aim to find out in this quick novella about a world that could so easily exist. And for a story that is free it is definitely worth taking some time out to read this.

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