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The year is 2022, and time is running out.
The Earth is heating up at an alarming rate. Governments are corrupt and terrorism abounds. More nations are on the brink of war than at any other time in history, and fear riddles the planet. The Group of Five are fed up, and they’re doing something about it. In their quest to usher in a new way, the Group of Five is seeking to el
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Paperback, 552 pages
Published February 17th 2015 by The Moon Above Pte. Ltd. (first published February 15th 2015)
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Kami
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
This book is set in the near future with realistic world turmoil and conflicts. A king of the world will be chosen to fix all the world's problems. I found this concept a little strange. The pacing was slow and I had a hard time getting immersed in the story. I wasn't finding the characters that sympathetic. I thought the writing was good but I was getting bogged down by all the expository details. 3 stars.
Zeb Kantrowitz
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Against a long lists of Dystopias (like Hunger Games and Insurgent) Coleman has written a Utopian look at the future. Based on the ending of the book this is a projected series, but the length is probably based on the reaction to the first book. It is a successor to such late nineteenth century novels “Erewhon” and “Looking Backwards” and the twentieth century novels of Ursula K LeGuin. The hardest part of writing a Utopian novel is the cynicism of the twenty-first century, so that it doesn’t re ...more
Connie Anderson
Thank you to NetGalley and Greenleaf Book Group for giving me a copy of this book to read and give my honest review.

When I first started the book, this group of five were talking about a one King World...only one leader. My first thought was "Is the illuminati trying to brainwash us?" The first 50% of the book seemed to repeat the same things over and over again (hence the 4 of 5). People were complaining that they couldn't get into it. Mr. Coleman really hits his stride with the second half of
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Susan
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the near future, there is a group of very rich people who want to change the world in a good way. They are a committee that decides a king of the world would be the way to end all the problems of the world such as terrorism, famine, etc. how? The king would be elected by the citizens of the earth. They interview several candidates as they want two for the election, but end up with only one. It is also decided that they must have their own country that the king can safely live in. What charact ...more
Dolly
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this on Good Reads.

King of the World has got to be one of the best books I’ve ever read! I am absolutely blown away. Randal Coleman absolutely nails how political/world leaders would react if there is a serious threat to their power and control. King of the World is the story of “The Group of Five”; a very, very rich group of philanthropists who have been trying to solve hunger, poverty, education, and equality issues for many years. Finding their efforts to help around the world blocked o
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Angela Street
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Earth is nearing destruction,governments are corrupt and terrorism abounds. Many nations are on the brink of war and fear riddles the planet. The Group of Five are fed up, and they’re doing something about it by seeking the election of a true king to restore balance. I thought the premise was unique and loved the idea of everyone being involved in decisions that impact the world through common vote. I also liked the king chosen and thought the characters were interesting. On the flip side th ...more
Vanessa
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was good. It had a lot of interesting ideas. Basically, a corporation of sorts (maybe a holding company is a better description) decides to elect a king of the world in order to solve all of the problems of the world. Obviously, the current governments and all of the corresponding politicians aren't terribly keen on the idea. So they do a tour of the world and various governments attempt to assassinate the proposed future king. If you aren't too keen on the way the world is run currently, t ...more
Jaz
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed 'King Of The World', the thought that went into it, the idea of a king and the story was well thought out.
'King Of The World' is set in the near future with realistic world turmoil and conflicts. I loved Emmett Taylor and The Group of Five. Especially Frances and her love of tea & scones.
Excellent quality of writing & the pacing is perfect.
Recommended for readers wanting a different (ie. not dystopian) look at the future.
Erin
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I started this book I was actually grinning as I read it. The ideas in the book, more so than the story, just made me think if only. The title pretty much is the story, a group of very intelligent rich group of five people decides the world needs a king with all good intentions. They find their candidate and the campaigning begin. You have to read it to know more, it's worth it. Towards the end it got a little preachy but exciting ending and you can tell there will be more.
Jason B Schmidt
Very cool concept. Part political essay part spy movie. It was a doozy to read and I, like others, felt like he spent a lot of time reiterating how the concept would work, which is important to a point, but it became redundant. I really wanted to know what happened, so it became a big page turner. Smart and original ideas.
Nichole
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I really liked the idea behind this book, I mean who wouldn't want free health care, college education and no personal taxes? The writing was great, and it was a good book, but it just seemed too long and drawn out to me. I felt like it was a couple hundred pages too long. That being said, it was a good read and I liked the message.
Susan Csoke
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Earth is headed for Disaster and Destruction. The Group of Five must choose a King and stop the chaos before its too late. Riveting and Suspensful. A GOOD READ. THANK YOU GOODREADS FOR THIS FREE BOOK
Kaleb
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received a free copy from NetGalley

I must say I loved this book! The characters were well written and had great suspense until the very end. It was impossible for me to put down. I would suggest this as a great read to everyone. I vote Emmet Thomas.
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I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways. It is autographed.
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