The Kingdom

The Kingdom

Welcome to the Kingdom... where 'Happily Ever After' isn't just a promise, but a rule. Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species--formerly extinct--roam free.Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful "princesses" engineere...

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Title:The Kingdom
Author:Jess Rothenberg
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The Kingdom Reviews

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    I started reading The Kingdom on 5/22/2019 and finished it on 5/25/2019 at 2:55AM. This book is a fantastic read! I like following Ana’s view. She has a clever attitude. I like how she handles the interviews. She’s a bit of a smart mouth and challenges her interviewers instead of just answering the questions directly. The story is interesting, reminds me of Magic Kingdom except it sounds more exciting with all the technologies. When technology going rogue, in this case, the Fantasist Nia, Eve, a

    I started reading The Kingdom on 5/22/2019 and finished it on 5/25/2019 at 2:55AM. This book is a fantastic read! I like following Ana’s view. She has a clever attitude. I like how she handles the interviews. She’s a bit of a smart mouth and challenges her interviewers instead of just answering the questions directly. The story is interesting, reminds me of Magic Kingdom except it sounds more exciting with all the technologies. When technology going rogue, in this case, the Fantasist Nia, Eve, and Ana acting and thinking beyond their programming capabilities, just makes me wonder how real robots can be sometimes.

    This book is told in the first person point of view following Ana, one of the seven (Ana, Kaia, Yumi, Eve, Zara, Pania, and Zel) fantasy princesses called Fantasists, the world’s most beautiful ladies. Ana works at The Kingdom, an Extreme Virtual Reality theme park. She along with her six sisters are created and programmed as hybrid humans to entertain and make guests happy. Ana doesn’t sleep and shouldn’t feel hurt. This book begins with what goes on after a murder, an interview into the murder trial and two years before the murder took place. Each chapter will bring readers closer to the murder scene while getting to know everyone involved and all that goes on in The Kingdom.

    The Kingdom is well written. I love this unique young adult fantasy. I haven’t read another book quite like it and it’s such refreshing to read something new. I like how the princesses are smart in a way of computers, scanning for information and memory but there’s a firewall to prevent them from knowing more information than they need to. I like Owen Chen and his unique situation and especially how he cares. I like the cute romance. Love that unexpected ending. The organization into this story with the courtroom trial, interviews, emails, timelines, etc is a bit confusing for me at first. That’s the reason why I don’t bother to read Illuminae series yet because when I started reading a bit of that book the interviews and whatever else confused me. But anyway, I’m glad to continue reading The Kingdom because I enjoyed Ana and Owen. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

    Pro: fast paced, page turner, theme park, romance, diversity

    Con: none

    I rate it 5 stars!

    ***Disclaimer: I won this book through a Twitter Giveaway from Fierce Reads. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

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  • Stacee

    This book wasn’t even on my radar when I got the invite to read it and man, I’m so happy I accepted.

    I loved Ana. She’s so good and pure and it was easy to get wrapped up in her way of seeing the world. I was rooting for her from the very beginning. There are a few other characters, but this story is all about Ana and what she’s going through.

    Plot wise, I was absolutely captivated. I was so happy the story was told in a past and present format. Seeing the trial unfold in transcripts and video c

    This book wasn’t even on my radar when I got the invite to read it and man, I’m so happy I accepted.

    I loved Ana. She’s so good and pure and it was easy to get wrapped up in her way of seeing the world. I was rooting for her from the very beginning. There are a few other characters, but this story is all about Ana and what she’s going through.

    Plot wise, I was absolutely captivated. I was so happy the story was told in a past and present format. Seeing the trial unfold in transcripts and video clips while the present tense of the story was in first person really worked for me. It also added a layer of WTF that was necessary for a story like this.

    Overall, it was something really unique {to me} and while I would have loved an epilogue, the ending was near perfection.

    FYI: there’s some creepy leering, forceful grabbing, and a distinct impression of assault.

    **Huge thanks to Henry Holt for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Bloody hell! I loved this book but let me tell you, I could pop open a can of whoop ass on the j

    Bloody hell! I loved this book but let me tell you, I could pop open a can of whoop ass on the jerks in this book!!!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

    Earned this beautiful badge buddy reading with my friends at: For Love Of A Book Group 😊💕🌸

  • emma

    this full review is now posted (!!!) at

    ! i spontaneously remembered i have a blog, and also that i would like to receive tickets to a real-life version of the Kingdom please and thanks.

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    EVIL DISNEY. EVIL ROBOT DISNEY. WITH MURDER, AND ALSO TECHNOLOGY.

    EVIL ROBOT DISNEY OF THE FUTURE.

    What more do I have to say?!

    I hope it’s not a lot, because that’s really all I got. This book was nonstop exciting and nonstop original and nonstop

    this full review is now posted (!!!) at

    ! i spontaneously remembered i have a blog, and also that i would like to receive tickets to a real-life version of the Kingdom please and thanks.

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    EVIL DISNEY. EVIL ROBOT DISNEY. WITH MURDER, AND ALSO TECHNOLOGY.

    EVIL ROBOT DISNEY OF THE FUTURE.

    What more do I have to say?!

    I hope it’s not a lot, because that’s really all I got. This book was nonstop exciting and nonstop original and nonstop awesome and that’s really all I have to say.

    But for the sake of “writing” “a” “full” “review,” I’ll elaborate. First, synopsis!

    This is about Ana, one of seven “Fantasists” (think cyborg-y Disney princesses) at The Kingdom (think Disney but huge and future-y). Ana is nice and great and INTERESTING, which is crazy because anytime a YA protagonist is “nice” it’s just a “nice” way of saying “boring and personality-less.”

    I’m aware I’m overusing the quotation marks, but please let me have my fun.

    Ana meets Owen, a cutie theme park employee, and starts falling in LOOOOVE. But...robots CAN’T LOVE. ROBOTS CAN’T FEEL. (Ana isn’t quite a robot but the point stands.)

    It’s the Singularity, baby. Except with amusement parks and fairytales. (So basically the dream.)

    But then, somehow, impossibly, it gets MORE interesting. Because Ana gets accused of murdering Owen, igniting the Trial Of The Century.

    This is the book we read.

    CAN YOU BELIEVE WE’RE BLESSED WITH A PLOTLINE LIKE THIS?

    This story is legitimately unputdownable. It’s fun from page one and it never stops being fun, and twisty, and exciting. The characters are so interesting and you really!!! care about them!!! Which is unusual for me.

    Honestly, this wasn’t a perfect book. It dragged in parts and was sometimes a bit melodramatic, and Ana’s internal monologue could get repetitiveeee. The other Fantasists were, by and large, flat and boring.

    But everything else was so, so fun.

    READ THIS BOOK.

    Bottom line: This is straight up some of the most creative and original YA I’ve ever read, especially in recent years. PLEASE READ IT SO WE CAN GET MORE STORIES LIKE THIS. (And also from this author’s crazy mad scientist brain.)

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    EASILY SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING AND ORIGINAL YA I'VE READ IN A MINUTE

    SO EXCITING THAT IT APPARENTLY TURNED ME INTO SOMEONE WHO WRITES EARNESTLY AND IN ALL CAPS

    A BOOK SO GOOD IT CAUSES AN IDENTITY CRISIS

    REVIEW TO COME

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    yes of course i want to read about evil robot future Disney World

  • Umairah | Sereadipity

    This book wasn't just a bit dark and disquieting- it took me to a whole new level of

    that I had never experienced before.

    suicide, sexual assault (off page, implied), animal abuse

    was a futuristic theme park that used cutting-edge technology to create an enchanting experience for all of its visitors. With thrilling performances from previously extinct creatures, magical rides, flamboyant parades and vivid fantasy simula/>The/>Trigger/>Plot:

    This book wasn't just a bit dark and disquieting- it took me to a whole new level of

    that I had never experienced before.

    suicide, sexual assault (off page, implied), animal abuse

    was a futuristic theme park that used cutting-edge technology to create an enchanting experience for all of its visitors. With thrilling performances from previously extinct creatures, magical rides, flamboyant parades and vivid fantasy simulations it promised to inspire

    and make everyone's wildest

    come true by giving them the

    they deserved. One of its most prominent creations was the

    - seven android princesses engineered to delight, amuse and represent equality and tolerance in the world.

    The novel was a series of

    ,

    ,

    ,

    and more which pieced together the story of

    , a Fantasist who was accused of murdering one of the theme park's maintenance workers. This format allows us to see the events unfold from her perspective and

    see how the same events have been twisted to appear in court. It's funny how there never is any question as to whether or not she actually killed the person even though

    . The case is built on whether or not Ana had the

    to make the decision to murder someone or whether it was a

    . It was

    to see things from her perspective and understand her methodical manner of learning about the world. As Ana gradually unearths the hidden terrors of The Kingdom, the reader does too and it makes for a very

    .

    I found it sad that a society of the future would feel the need to have Fantasists. Beautiful, subservient princesses, admired by girls all over the world, engineered and programmed to

    and

    , to always say

    and never say

    And the

    was that they were represented as

    and

    - princesses who didn't need saving- when in reality

    . Their

    and

    was exploited, they were treated

    , they were

    and manipulated, they were harassed and assaulted and intimidated. They were

    and paraded and displayed for the enjoyment of others and despite all of that, they were always told to be

    for what they had. Is that really the kind of

    young girls should have? I also found it interesting that

    . It reminded me of two articles I have read recently. The first was about the increasing

    (for example things like Siri or Alexa having default female voices). The second being about the increase in parents banning their children to watch Disney princess movies because they don't want them to think it is alright for a woman to always be saved by a man. Although The Kingdom is a work of fiction, it has some very real themes in it.

    The Kingdom was the

    . At first glance, it seemed like a wonderful theme park- but beneath it's

    there was

    and pain. For example, at the time of the novel, nearly all of the animals we have today had gone extinct. Therefore, The Kingdom started a program to revive extinct creatures through

    . They claimed they were doing good to the planet and helping preserve our world. But why would you reintroduce an animal only to put it in

    ? To make it live a life in a

    being ogled at by visitors. The animals at The Kingdom were abused and starved and most of the bioengineered animals died in days, weeks or months due to genetic defects they were created with. Is that really helping the world? It repulsed me how they thought it was alright to make

    for some, the

    of others.

    The reason I knocked off a star was because at times the story did become a bit

    as it kept

    which made it hard to keep up with the plot.

    Overall, I found The Kingdom very

    but I would recommend it to someone looking for

    . After reading it, some may wish for the chance to visit The Kingdom but I wouldn't go there even if someone paid me. Why? Because my entertainment is not worth someone or something else's pain.

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  • Angelica

    This book was not what I expected. I mean, I knew it wasn’t going to be all rainbows and unicorn farts. The synopsis lets you know right away that this book is about the underside of the fairytale, about all the dark things that happen backstage to the fantasy.

    And yet, I don't know why I still didn't quite see it coming.

    This book follows Ana, one of seven Fantasists and The Kingdom, a Disney World type of amusement park. The Fantasists are seven engineered girls meant to

    This book was not what I expected. I mean, I knew it wasn’t going to be all rainbows and unicorn farts. The synopsis lets you know right away that this book is about the underside of the fairytale, about all the dark things that happen backstage to the fantasy.

    And yet, I don't know why I still didn't quite see it coming.

    This book follows Ana, one of seven Fantasists and The Kingdom, a Disney World type of amusement park. The Fantasists are seven engineered girls meant to be the princesses of The Kingdom. They were made to be beautiful, kind, generous, and perfect in every way. They were made to be obedient, docile, subservient, and to never speak their mind.

    All until something starts going wrong with the girls' programming and they start to develop feelings and desires other than the ones they were created for. Sure, they feel love. It is the premise of the story after all. But they also start feeling loss, fear, and most importantly, hatred for the people that have kept them as prisoners.

    That's where things get interesting.

    My issues with this come firstly, with the romance. It felt unreal. Like there is no real reason for this relationship between Ana and Owen. In fact, Owen didn't feel like a full character to me. Why was he doing this? What was his motivation? His background?

    All the other Fantasists were also pretty boring if I'm honest. Nia was a bit interesting at first but we didn't get much of her story. Also, Eve had potential but her story isn't really elaborated on. We don't get to see the other Fantasists really develop.

    I also couldn't really connect with Ana. I felt her struggle, her pain, I acknowledged it, I just couldn't seem to care the way I was supposed to. Does that make sense?

    Also, the end felt a bit rushed? A bit unfinished? I have more questions than answers.

    In the end, I couldn't love this as I wanted. As I said, this book is as if the plot of Westworld was happening in a Disney park. That said, Westworld does it better. I couldn't help but have Westworld in the back of my head while reading, especially after they mentioned the Romeo & Juliet quote: "Violent delights have violent ends", a recurring motif in Westworld.

    I'm not sure this review even makes sense. But that's how I felt so there you have it.

  • Kayla Dawn

    I was really enjoying this up until around page 270.

    As soon as the "showdown" started, the story went downhill.

    The plot was so incredibly rushed all of the sudden, everything felt unrealistic and completely overdone. This book could've easily been 100 pages longer.

    Same goes for the romance and the character development. The majority of both pretty much happened in the last ~60 pages.

    It kinda felt like the author just wanted it to be over tbh.

  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    Oof. With such an amazing sounding synopsis, I found this one to be lacking in both the action and thrills department. That’s a pretty hefty negative when a book takes place in a futuristic theme park with robot princess’s.

    The book never allowed me to be fully immersed. It’s really choppy. On occasion when a scene was finally laid out and I could enjoy what was happening, the chapter would end and switch to a new timeline. There’s no depth. I loved that the author tried to be innovat

    Oof. With such an amazing sounding synopsis, I found this one to be lacking in both the action and thrills department. That’s a pretty hefty negative when a book takes place in a futuristic theme park with robot princess’s.

    The book never allowed me to be fully immersed. It’s really choppy. On occasion when a scene was finally laid out and I could enjoy what was happening, the chapter would end and switch to a new timeline. There’s no depth. I loved that the author tried to be innovative and original with a murder mystery plot but

    the book is a singular great concept that never materializes into anything. Plus the writing needed a good polish. The magical theme park atmosphere never really came through. I felt like a thin cloth blanket was draped over the setting and I was desperately trying to see through it. I wanted to spend time time in all of these places the characters were mentioning and you don’t get to.

    I also have a really hard time calling this scifi. I know it takes place in the future with robots but it just doesn’t feel or read like a scifi. In fact it’s clearly dystopian. The outside world is described as destroyed, flooded, many animals are extinct.

    This book isn’t bad. Let me make that clear, it’s just not the experience I thought it would be. This is a futuristic dystopian murder mystery

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء

    What I lack in attractiveness I make up for in my infallible ability to find more interesting books to add to my TBR

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