Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for We Go On Forever by Sarah Govett.
A timely and heart-wrenching love story set in a dark dystopian world with echoes of Never Let Me Go and adult as well as teen appeal.
Arthur is dying. He must transition within the next four weeks or face permanent memory loss. Alba is studying, preparing to impress the Mentors in an all-important interview. If she’s picked as the next Apprentice she will be reunited with her best friend and cross the Wilderness for the first time.
They meet and everything comes together.
And everything falls apart.
The sky is a rich Matisse-Blue and I tilt up my chin to catch the midday sun. I’ve always found September sub to be the most precious – summer’s imminent departure adding an immeasurable sweetness. It’s a day for picnics. For lounging in short sleeves. Not for doctors’ surgeries. Not for results.
The story begins with Arthur, born into a world of privilege and son and heir to a man who could be regarded as one of the most successful and powerful in the country, if not the world. He has his whole future laid out before him, his father is determined about that. However, Arthur is dying, but in his world it only requires a simple procedure and he will have a new healthy body to continue on with…on and on and on.
Alba lives a very different life. The only she has ever known. She studies and works hard to try and impress the Mentors. She dreams of being chosen and given the opportunity to work with a Mentor to make the outside world safe again.
But there is a dark secret that neither of them know, something that will change both their lives forever…
I was completely carried away within the pages of this novel and tore through it in lightning speed. It was absorbing, thrilling and quite simply a highly enjoyable read. Set in a dystopian world that has been ravaged by illness. Masks are an essential requirement for many, unless of course you are one of the privileged Level One set. For them there is a system in place that allows them to go on, their bodies as changeable as the houses they live in.
Arthur is told he must transition within a matter of weeks and so he begins the search for a new host – a body that has no feelings or emotions and is simply waiting to be used as required. Along the way he meets Alba and is completely mesmerised by her. She believes he could be the one to give her hope of a better life. I adored both characters and I loved the spark and energy within them. The desire for good but ultimately their capacity for love. The whole plot is incredibly well thought out and I loved the denouement, it was a wonderful conclusion and I was sorry to come to the end.
This is a story about corruption, control and lies. It is also a story of love, courage and having the guts to do what’s right – to question everything and change the world for the better.
Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to the lovely team at Marotte for supplying me with a review copy. I’m absolutely loving Sarah Govett and look forward to reading more of her work.
I thoroughly enjoyed this rather unique piece of dystopian fiction. I would thoroughly recommend it to adults and older teens alike and will definitely be adding a copy to my Library catalogue. You can buy a copy signed by the author by ordering direct from the publisher. Visit their website here.
About the author
Sarah Govett graduated with a First in Law from Oxford University. After qualifying as a solicitor, she set up her own tutoring agency, which specialises in working with teenagers. She began writing after the birth of her first daughter. Sarah is an in-demand speaker at schools and has the support of a network of school librarians, independent bookshops and numerous Waterstones stores.