“The Forever Contract” by Avery Sawyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Summary from Goodreads:
In the very near future, the country is plunged into drought and unrest. Scare 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.
The basic premise of the story was really interesting and the author had a good start. I realize this was a novella but the length really worked against the story. We hit the climax of the story and the BOOM everything is solved. Story’s over. It was really jarring as a reader because a lot of things should have been more explored. With ~60 pages, the character growth was pretty disappointing.
The bottom line? Meh. Glad it was free.