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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  6,914 ratings  ·  231 reviews
It takes a lot of chutzpah to give your novel the same title as one of the most famous novels in the history of English-language literature, even if the original novel didn't spawn a literary field or two (utopian and dystopian fiction) or become an everyday term for the perfect place to live on Earth. Yet there's a postmodern appropriateness to applying the title Utopia t ...more
Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published (first published 2002)
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Chris Friend
May 27, 2011 Chris Friend rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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
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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
The best parts of this book are the descriptions of a futuristic amusement park. Short on suspense and there isn't much character development
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
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
Kristin Lundgren
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
Feb 17, 2010 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Scott Zeien
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.
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
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
Re-read for me and once again this book was a page-turning, suspenseful thriller set in an amusement park. Loved the detail of the different rides and how the theme park was set up - made me wish it was a real park that I could go to. Terrorists threaten the park and demand some crucial and expensive technology or they will start blowing up rides. Really great read!
This was one of those stories with nonstop action. I had a hard time putting it down, so it only took me three days to read it. When Andrew Warne goes to the Utopia amusement park, he finds someone has been tampering with his robotics. Then he finds out who it is and is determined to stop them before they blow the park apart killing thousands of innocent people. When I read a mystery I like it better if I can't figure out who the bad guys are (and they are very bad in this one - a group of merce ...more
Lori Greco
Lincoln Child's books are always a thrill ride. He weaves his stories with well thought out plots. He always makes them believable which adds to the excitement of the story. Utopia didn't disappoint me. The only problem with being such a great writer is that readers come to expect a certain level of entertainment, which I assume would be difficult to maintain for an author. Although Utopia wasn't my favorite Child book, I did enjoy it. However, unlike his other books, I was able to put this one ...more
Dr. Warne, a computer programing genius, is ask to return to Utopia, an incredible, computerized amusement park, to disconnect his program that was supposed to learn and change robots. Dr. Warne brings his daughter to the park. He can't understand why the program is causing a problem. He doesn't want to disconnect it until he finds out what is wrong. Sarah, head of Utopia and his former girl friend, wants it disconnected. While at the park, he discovers that someone has hacked the system. A grou ...more
Adam Wilson
Well, you can’t win ‘em all, I guess. Utopia was a large disappointment for me especially because it came from one of my favorite authors. Something about it just didn’t work with me and I usually love books involving amazing amusement parks. Funland by Laymon, Twilight Eyes and the Funhouse by Koontz were all amazing. This one was bogged down by too much technology and not enough action in my opinion and the book could have used a little slimming down. I enjoyed bits, such as when one of the ri ...more
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Alasandra Alawine
For some reason I had trouble getting into this book. Andrew Warne arrives at the amusement park on what he thinks is an offer to add to his Metanet creation, only to learn that because of "problems" they want to take the Metanet off line. He has brought his daughter Georgia with him.

The mysterious "problems" aren't a result of computer failure though a sinister plot is afoot to steal money from the park. Soon John Doe arrives with his demands for a CD of the "Crucible" (ground breaking hologram
I vacillated between rating this a 3 or rating it a 4 for several minutes before going with a 4... probably mostly because the story was a refreshing break for me from the geopolitical thrillers genre of which I read so very much. I am often drawn into the debates that theorize the boundaries of AI and self-learning/self-modifying machines and other forms of advancing technology, thus another influence toward the 4 rating. As well, I am, notwithstanding that my age is rapidly becoming a delimite ...more
Utopia is a great techno-thriller about a day gone horribly wrong at a futuristic amusement park of the same name. The whole book takes place of the course of a single day, so there's plenty of details and not much seems to be glossed over. (Pay attention to those details, too; some of them may play an important role later on in the story...)

Once the action starts, it never lets up. There are new twists constantly showing up, forcing you to re-think what you thought was going on. I would compare
Madeline Dahlman
I don't know how to describe my feelings for this....I didn't hate it but I had a REALLY hard time finishing this...I skimmed the majority of the last 50 pages...the technical aspects made the thriller side of it too slow for me...I didn't find any of the characters particularly interesting...I will say that the world of Utopia is incredibly well written and I'm actually fairly surprised this hasn't been made into some summer blockbuster ala Jurassic Park? Which reminds me, I kinda read some Mic ...more
April Hochstrasser
I thought the beginning of the book was a little forced. But I'm glad I stuck with it, It did get better. This is about Artificial Intelligence and robots that can learn from past experiences. It is about knowing who to trust and hidden agendas that really dictate what we do in a given situation. It is about getting in over your head when you go a little too far in the direction of evil, and how hard it is to extricate yourself from the snowball effect of your choices. It was about a theme park ...more
Interesting story but mediocre execution. Too much unnecessary back stories of inconsequential characters. It was almost as if the author was stretching the story where ever possible, getting paid by the number of pages rather than anything else. I also thought the foul language unnecessary. A good writer does not need to use expletives but can choose more creative words for expression. I'll not be reading anything else by this author.
Jestine Myers
What a great book! I loved it. Sometimes the books by Child seem a little formulaic, so I expected some of the twists and turns, but I kept reading to make sure I was right. If you are the type of person to enjoy a thrilling, suspenseful novel with some nice technological touches thrown in, you will enjoy this one! I will continue to read Lincoln Child's novels, but I will need to read some others in-between to help break up the similarities.
Peg McKenna
Great read!

Personally I have enjoyed most everything that Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston have co-authored. As my first Lincoln Child only, This kept me turning pages, anxious to know what was coming next. I loved the cutting edge science applications and the sci-fi melding. Characters were fairly well developed and the storyline good enough for me to suspend my beliefs and enjoy the ride. Definitely worth the 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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