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So rasant wie eine Achterbahnfahrt. Der gigantische Freizeit- und Vergnügungspark Utopia ist ein Riesengeschäft. Elektronische Sensationen, Roboter und raffinierte Hologrammprojektionen ziehen die Besuchermassen an. Doch plötzlich kommt es zu erschreckenden Pannen und einem tödlichen Unfall auf dem Gelände. Der Erfolg hat den Edelgangster John Doe angelockt, der über eine ...more
Paperback, 620 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Knaur TB (first published 2002)
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Dave
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 27, 2011 Chris Friend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Farhan
Oct 22, 2014 Farhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
S
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
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Kristin Lundgren
Jul 14, 2012 Kristin Lundgren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Roger
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
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Scott Sigler
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Tiffany
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!
J.P.
Jul 11, 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
Onyx
Jul 09, 2011 Onyx rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tracey
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
Jane
Feb 17, 2010 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul
Apr 10, 2014 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
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Snotchocheez

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
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Bonnie Lynn
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
Frank
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 15, 2014 Scott Zeien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda
Jun 22, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Paul
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...
Odile Maite
Aug 31, 2016 Odile Maite rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
whyyyyyyyyyy is it soooo longggggg
Jason
Nov 20, 2016 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel so let down by my first Child. I had such high hopes that this novel would delight, but I was let down. Child is another one of those popular novelists I've had on my to-read list for quite some time, and I finally decided to take the plunge. Perhaps I chose the wrong novel to start with, but there was just no way of knowing.

The premise seemed neat. After reading Jurassic Park I was curious to take on an entirely different Park concept novel. I was fooled by the back cover blurb into thin
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Ashlee Anderson
Nov 17, 2016 Ashlee Anderson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book could be a really great movie. For reals. The plot is good, the setting is great, and it addresses the odd fears I get every time I go to an amusement park. That being said, I really disliked this book. The characters were flat, the dialog was less than stellar, and it just dragged on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...you get the idea. I feel like it didn't really flow and the author tried to use fancy words to make the characters sound smart and fill up space. I just ...more
Nicola
Nov 08, 2016 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gretchen Kisling
Nov 30, 2016 Gretchen Kisling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I really enjoyed this book. This place sounds so cool. Could it really exist someday? Probably!! I love each of the characters. I especially like the little girl. I was on the edge of my seat when she got hurt. Another great book by Mr. Child.
Rachel
Dec 18, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent read, but about 100 pages too long.
Chris
Jan 09, 2017 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
I really enjoyed the book great adventure and kept you guessing to the end who the insider was.
Rayb24
Oct 16, 2016 Rayb24 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick fun no brainer read...
Laura de Leon
4.5 stars.

I loved the worldbuilding, and the cerebral approach taken to resolving the terrifying situation. The characters were interesting, and the look at AI didn't feel as dated as it might have.

A great read.
Zoey
Jun 04, 2015 Zoey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
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