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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  9,101 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
Fasten your seat belts–the white-knuckle thrills at Utopia, the world’s most fantastic theme park, escalate to nightmare proportions in this intricately imagined techno-thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child.

Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day,
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Fawcett (first published 2002)
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Dec 23, 2011 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, good not great. Theme park shake down thriller featuring widowed robotics professor with teen daughter. WestWorld meets Ocean's 11 for the taking of the Pelham 123 with a hat tip to Jaws. Escapist fiction like fiery cheese puffs.
Chris Friend
May 07, 2011 Chris Friend rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Theme-park fans, ya-lit lovers
Recommended to Chris by: Friend of a friend on Facebook. Fancy that.
I liked this book more the further I got into it. At first, I thought it was a former Disney employee trying to dream up a great scare at something unimaginatively similar to Walt Disney World, with the only major addition being a glass dome atop the property, what amounts to a running joke at Disney. About a fourth of the way in, the dialog was so reminiscent of soap operas that it was very difficult to take the story or the characters seriously.

Things improved as the plot began to pick up pace
Oct 22, 2014 Farhan rated it really liked it
This is only my second novel by Child but I am already a fan of his sleek and compelling techno-thrillers. Utopia is the most modern and technologically-advanced theme park of the world. Its rides and attractions use cutting-edge technologies such as highly realistic holograms and robots with artificial intelligence. When the park is held hostage by a team of ruthless criminals, the responsibility of saving the lives of seventy thousand-odd guests falls on the shoulders of the robotics professor ...more
This book was remarkably dull for being a thriller. Within a couple chapters, it began to feel like a chore to read it. I wasn't into any of the characters from the very start. Then I got the audiobook since I needed something to listen to, and I listed to the rest of the book until the epilogue. Read the epilogue from the actual book.

I just never bought into the premise of this book. A futuristic, amazingly technologically advanced theme park that has turned the amusement park world on its head
Kristin Lundgren
Jul 13, 2012 Kristin Lundgren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Another great one by Lincoln Child, writing solo. This is the second go around for me, previously having read it about 8 plus years ago. It is a very well-researched, strong thriller in an amusement park, miles outside of Las Vegas, set in a deep chasm, so that visitors approach the front of the park on ground level, and it falls away behind the park to several levels of offices, maintenance etc, . The park is under a large dome, sectioned into four themes - Gaslight, a perfectly recreated Victo ...more
SUMMARY: The sitting is a fantastic amusement park near Las Vegas. A group of bad guys infiltrate the park and threaten mass destruction and death unless the park turns over some very valuable assets to them. I kept thinking of Disney World on steroids as I read the book. I don't know if the author intended the comparison to Disney World or not, but it was hard for me to avoid.

COMMENTS: I listened to a complete audio version of this book I got from the the library.

While the book was "okay", it w
Scott Sigler
Dec 20, 2008 Scott Sigler rated it liked it
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Jan 23, 2017 itchy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
took me longer than expected;
it seems i have more hobbies than i care to admit

hurray for teresa bonifacio!

p106: a postcard labeled borokay beach, philippines was affixed to the inside of the lab door.

p419: sitting alone at the rear of the payload compartment, john doe had removed one of the countless stacks of currency and was making origami cranes from the contents.
Dec 28, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it was UTOPIA, this book was my absolute favorite in Lincoln's repertoire (and still is, to be honest). Everything, from the inside map of the amazing theme park that it is Utopia to the technology that runs it and the terrorists that destroy it, is amazing. Page after page. A must read for any techno-thriller lover!
Apr 25, 2011 J.P. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The best parts of this book are the descriptions of a futuristic amusement park. Short on suspense and there isn't much character development
Jun 07, 2012 Gertie rated it really liked it
Jul 06, 2011 Onyx rated it liked it
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Nov 17, 2011 Tracey rated it it was ok
Utopia is not a bad book; it's just not a great book. I'm spoiled by mystery writers such as Jeffery Deaver and Anne Perry who build suspense like master architects of breathtaking mazes that delight and confound but still let people out at the end. Yes, okay, Lincoln Child (Is that his real name??) wrote a thriller, not really a mystery: In an idyllic new theme park that draws on the latest technology comes a bad guy who threatens serious harm unless he's given the technological secrets to the ...more
Feb 09, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: thrill lovers
Lincoln Child knows how to entertain a reader. Yes...his books are not cerebral...they are just plain fun! Utopia is the setting..a "playground" for the public near Las Vegas. It is a fantasy world beneath a giant dome, the size of a small town. The book is rich in description allowing the reader to partake in what the "amusement park" has to offer. Lots of holograms, futuristic robots, replications of mood/weather/towns. The main character returns to Utopia when a problem with the programming o ...more
Dec 14, 2013 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very intrigued with the setting of this novel more than anything as I am a huge fan of amusement parks. It delivered on some new ideas for rides and park themes, though it would be better served in a movie than in a book. Too much description can bog a novel down, especially a thriller.

But this book didn't really deliver on the thrills in my opinion. I expected rides to be incorporated into the action a bit more. It got much better towards the end, but the characters remained rather woode

What seemed like a slam-dunk thriller premise (a super-high-tech domed amusement park outside of Las Vegas called "Utopia", sabotaged by terroristic thieves) was all but undone by hackneyed dialog, gaping plot holes and glacier pacing. It reminded me a lot (in hokeyness, anyway) of a movie I saw at the drive-in when I was ten or so, called "Rollercoaster". Despite Utopia's supercharged AI/robotics and holographic effects (and a significantly higher body count), its overall impression left with m
Bonnie Lynn
Apr 04, 2014 Bonnie Lynn rated it it was ok
Looking forward to this Lincoln Child suspense novel where a high-tech futuristic amusement park is taken hostage by unknown bad dudes for unspecified reasons, My expectations must have been too high. The book had it's moments but, for me, not many. My opinion would be different Had I cared for even a few of the characters. The fact is I worried more about the robot dog and random park visitors than I did about anyone who'd been given a name in the novel. This doesn't mean I won't seek out anoth ...more
Aug 16, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it
Taught thriller that takes place in a futuristic amusement park. Overall I really enjoyed this one -- especially the descriptions of the park itself that utilized robotics and holograms as part of its 4 worlds. This was a great combination of science fiction and techno-thriller. I've read a couple of books by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child that I have enjoyed. This is the first I've read by Child on his own and would definitely recommend it. I have several more Preston/Child novels on my TB ...more
Scott Zeien
Feb 01, 2014 Scott Zeien rated it really liked it
A fun read. Anyone who has visited an amusement park must have wondered at some point - perhaps at the top of the coaster - "What if something goes wrong?" This book feeds the disquiet while creating a fabulous vision of a fantasy world about to be turned on its head.
Feb 29, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: bookshelf
Amazing descriptions of a very cool amusement park. Utopia would be such a cool place to visit if it were real. The book felt too long, the suspense might have been more exciting if condensed a bit. 3 1/2 stars.
Odile Maite
Mar 03, 2016 Odile Maite rated it it was ok
Shelves: school
whyyyyyyyyyy is it soooo longggggg
Very good read, but why republish with a different title? This will confuse and mislead a lot of readers who have read Utopia, but think this is a different book. Uggg...
Markus Owen
Feb 02, 2017 Markus Owen rated it liked it
A real page turner in a techno mega theme park full of holograms and robots, held to ransom by some evil baddies. I enjoyed this and often couldn't put it down, but large chunks were inane, overwritten and repetitive. Too much stuff was just set up for the thrills - why would a high-tech theme park where everything is designed and controlled to the finest detail have a tunnel to pick up the cash takings that you have to REVERSE an armoured truck 300 feet down? Of course you have to suspend your ...more
Nov 08, 2016 Nicola rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it (and it would be a great theme park to visit under normal operating circumstances!). It seems an apt time to read it; in 2003 it would have seemed an update to Michael Crichton's 1974 Westworld, in 2016 it ties in with the reimagined & updated HBO Westworld and also the 2016 tragedy in Australia's Dreamworld theme park.
Mar 15, 2017 Karsyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this years and years ago when I really only read a few types of books. I loved it then, and while I still really really enjoyed it, it was much slower than I thought I remembered it was, I guess I was remembering it incorrectly. Still, a theme park, I do love those kinds of books, just wish there was a little more action to it than it was. Still really enjoyable.
Grayson Wolfe
Mar 14, 2017 Grayson Wolfe rated it it was ok
BOOOORING. Couldn't finish it.
Mar 10, 2017 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would be a fun movie!
D. Norman
Clever and inventive but not his best. In my opinion it could have been just as good if it was a little shorter.
Feb 22, 2017 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Picture Jurassic Park with holograms instead of dinosaurs, and that's kinda what Utopia feels like. But with less quirky characters. You've still got a group of people looking to steal technology/material integral to the park, things going haywire and putting everyone in danger, and scenes of tension and suspense, but it just doesn't feel as polished as its better-known cousin.

Part of this is due to the fact that Jurassic Park went to great lengths to make its dinosaur-reincarnating technology s
Russell Atwood
Mar 01, 2017 Russell Atwood rated it really liked it
entertaining thriller, good surprises, slightly drawn out climax, but a quick satisfying read
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Lincoln Child was born in Westport, Connecticut, which he still calls his hometown (despite the fact that he left the place before he reached his first birthday and now only goes back for weekends).

Lincoln seemed to have acquired an interest in writing as early as second grade, when he wrote a short story entitled Bumble the Elephant (now believed by scholars to be lost). Along with two dozen shor
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