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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
ForeverChild: A Novel of the Future by Mark Lavine is a stirring dystopian tale about a future that has learned nothing from the past. The world has changed as a result of scientific advancements. Life expectancy, for one, has been extended. The forever children are being maintained in a state of perpetual youth and are housed in the tight security of giant hives. This has caused a sharp social divide between those living in the hives and those living naturally and fending for themselves. Kianno and Seelin belong in opposite worlds - one is a forever child while the other is a child growing up in a world of social unrest. As they both witness the evils of their respective environments, they will trade places to liberate the underprivileged and rescue kidnapped children being subjected to experimentation.
In the spirit of Brave New World, Mark Lavine has written a compelling science fiction tale with a strong message delivered in a pristine narrative style. The world depicted in ForeverChild is not worth embracing, but the struggles of the characters in it are thought-provoking and entertaining. Lavine has consciously chosen a storyline that shows how contemporary social issues can have an impact on the future and how society will fail if it continues to serve the interests of the ruling order. The concept of the giant hives evokes a stylish and cold world that Lavine has created to complement his theme. This may be a world based on control and idealism, but corruption and discrimination make it devoid of humanity. The subtext embraces an evergreen philosophy that will remain relevant for many years to come. The book is hard-hitting in the way it delves into authoritarianism, liberation, and experimentation. We want to believe that we have freedom of choice, and this must-read work will remind you why.