Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
A half-android, half-human girl is accused of murder in Jess Rothenberg’s tautly-paced YA thriller, The Kingdom, perfect for fans of Westworld and The Lunar Chronicles.
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” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.
But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty—and what it truly means to be human.
About: The Kingdom is a young adult science fiction written by Jess Rothenberg. It will be published on 5/28/2019 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 352 pages. The genres are young adult, science fiction, and fantasy. This book is intended for readers ages 14-18. According to the publisher’s website, “Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is known for publishing quality picture books, chapter books, and novels for preschoolers through young adults. Covering a wide variety of genres, our books feature imaginative authors and illustrators who inspire young readers.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: 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
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Jess Rothenberg is the author of the young adult contemporary novel, The Catastrophic History of You & Me, published in more than a dozen countries. She is a former editor of books for young readers, including the bestselling Vampire Academy series. She currently works as a writer and freelance editor. She lives in New York City with her husband and son. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: I won this book through a Twitter Giveaway from Fierce Reads. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.