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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,711 ratings  ·  363 reviews
Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where “Fun is Guaranteed!” But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones litte ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Skyhorse
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Jason Greeno Not really sure what was up with them, but man if they adapt this into a film, the cat and mouse scene in the hotel will be epic. Fingers crossed.

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karen
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing


yeah, five stars, what of it? i was ready to give this one five stars just on premise alone: a massive hurricane in florida isolates an amusement park full of workers entrusted with keeping an eye on things after the customers have been evacuated, and despite having plenty of food, water, medical supplies and shelter, once they are rescued by the national guard a month later, the place is destroyed, many have died, the survivors are injured, and on top of the staggering property damage, there ar
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Jane
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
My, oh my, oh my! 4.5 I-dunno-what-I-just-read-but-I'm-pretty-sure-I-loved-it stars for the audiobook version narrated by all-stars Luke Daniels and Angela Dawe.

I was hooked right from the first chapter of FantasticLand. The premise here is that an author is writing a book about what went down at the FantasticLand amusement park when a few hundred employees were stranded there for a few weeks after a hell of a hurricane. Each chapter is presented as an interview with a different person who was a
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Jilly
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers
For those of us who felt like the Hunger Games, Battle Royale, and Lord of the Flies didn't have nearly enough killing and violence. People who are just jonesing for some teen-on-teen brutality and bloodshed: It's gonna satisfy your itch!

This book is written as a series of interviews with the survivors from a massacre at an amusement park. There was a group of employees - like a couple hundred - who became stranded there without rescue after a hurricane for a month and all hell broke loose.



The t
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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FantasticLand is getting every Star and I ain’t even sorry.

Like the blurb says, this story is a modern-day . . . .



Ha! I keed. It truly is Lord of the Flies meets [insert battle to the death book/film of your choosing here]. More specifically it is about . . . .

What happened in FantasticLand during the thirty-five days dubbed “The Battle of the Tribes.”

Here’s the deal: In the Fall of 2017 Hurricane Sadie was being tracked off the
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Michelle
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought-own
"Of the 326 employees who stayed behind in the park, 207 were eventually evacuated. The fate of the 119 missing souls may never be known, but evidence of death and slaughter was immediately apparent. Photo's soon emerged: heads on spikes outside of rides, corpses floating in detention cells, and viscera decaying in the humid Florida sun. FantasticLand, where "Fun Is Guaranteed!", was covered in blood. There were human bones littering the gift shops. It was all the country could talk about. The ...more
Melki
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melki by: karen brissette
You'd be amazed how quickly rumors can grow and get out of hand when kids don't have the constant distraction of their phones to check every twelve seconds.

I don't know what this says about me, and I'm pretty sure I don't want to know, but I LOVE books about people behaving badly in the face of a crisis. There's just something so enticing about the fact that the times we should all be working together are the times we're most likely to declare that it's every man for himself. Aliens attacking? Z
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Blair
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Blair by: karen
This book was SO. MUCH. FUN.

It's the story of FantasticLand, a theme park built by its eccentric creator as a rival to the Disney and Universal resorts. When a hurricane hits Florida in late 2017, the area around the park is completely flooded, and FantasticLand ends up being cut off from the mainland for more than a month. After reassurances from its board of directors that the hundreds of employees stranded there have everything they need to survive comfortably, it's bumped down the list of pr
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Adah Udechukwu
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I kinda thought FantasticLand really existed st first. That's how realistic the novel was. The writing was impeccable
Dora
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, thriller
**2.5 Stars**

I don't know how to review this book...

For starters, I want to say that did like and enjoy parts of it. BUT. Up until the last few "chapters", I didn't really understand what was happening most of the time, or better said WHY all those things were happening.

When a hurricane hits Florida, the area around the the theme park "FantasticLand" is completely flooded, which leads to it being cut off from the mainland for over a month.

Even though the hundreds of employees stranded there h
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Joseph
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Best fake news ever. Hurricane Sade rips through Florida leaving a path of destruction. Fantastic Land!, an amusement park, is in the way of the storm. The park is evacuated except for those who volunteer to stay behind in the bunkers to help restore the park after the storm. Many stay, as the pay is good and for the most part, there is no work needing to be done. The bunker s are secure and well stocked.

After the storm passes employees move outdoors. Adult supervision has failed, and after an e
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Tammie
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-dark
FantasticLand is one creepy book! Told in interview form- it details the horrific events that happened at the amusement park after the area is devastated by a horrific storm. Hundreds of workers stayed behind to help protect the park- they are trained and have more than enough food and water to last until they are rescued. Buuuttttt- after waiting week after week for a possible rescue, no communication with the outside, and very little entertainment- the workers become restless and possessive. T ...more
Chris Berko
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Incredible read. Shocking and unsettling. I've read other reviews that point out the "creepiness" factor in this and I have to agree. There is plenty of "on-screen" violence and the author pulls no punches with the descriptions of what happens in the park, you get to witness what happens sometimes firsthand, and then you get to hear how different individuals not only interpreted what went down but why they thought this stuff was happening as well. But the most disturbing aspect was the matter-of ...more
Bill
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
FantasticLand “Where fun is guaranteed”

My friend Bandit turned me onto the audio of this one and it was excellent. As a matter of fact, this was made for audio. Told in a series of interviews, there were plenty of characters to go around and the narration really added depth to the interview style format.

Hurricane Sadie ravaged the Florida coastline isolating the amusement park FantasticLand, which should have been far enough inland to avoid the destruction. Sadie was a real bitch though. 150 mi
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Roz
Oct 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: horror
Wow this sounds like my kind of book!
Rebecca Skane
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, usa, book-club
You'll have to suspend your disbelief. This book will try to convince you that when millennials are sudden unplugged from their social media and isolated from civilization for a few weeks they will go feral, break off into tribes, and start murdering each other. Possibly eating each other. That the power of the strong-minded (and evil) will instantly overpower the weak masses who yearn for attention no longer received from likes and pokes. Modern Lord of the Flies.

But it was a good ride.
Note: EX
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FabulousRaye
$18.04 for the KINDLE edition?! What.the.shit.

Edit: The kindle edition's price has lowered slightly. I might post an actual review of the book and not more about how annoyed I am at the price.
Bandit
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In trying to come up with a tagline for this, the best that comes out is Lord of the Rides. Which isn’t that great, but it gets the idea across. This is a book about a bunch of kids in a temporarily weather shut down amusement park who go berserk. They have enough food and water to survive, Fantasticland is no ordinary park, it’s well provided and stocked with options, but instead of quietly and patiently riding out the storm, the employees separate into camps, arm themselves and turn the place ...more
Hilda
I don’t like any of the characters and I just don’t care.
David
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Katniss Everdeen, Kazuo Kiriyama, Disney Princesses
The premise is catchy and gripping - a massive hurricane strikes Florida, leaving an amusement park called "Fantasticland" (whose history and geography is built up over the course of the novel to explain this fictional third-place competitor to Disneyworld and Universal Studios) isolated out in the boonies. With no connection to the outside world for weeks, the stranded employees of the park form into warring tribes - the Pirates, the Deadpools, the Shopkeepers, the Moles, etc... and engage in a ...more
John
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This was like Battle Royal + Lord of the Flies. And the really scary part of this story is that, given what I see on the news, I think something like this could happen!

But the story was too long so it got boring.
Greg
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
I want to have the reaction everyone else who has already reviewed/rated it here on Goodreads had... maybe a review will be coming soon
Rick
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maybe I've just reached a point in my life where I want some inner peace, some happiness. Maybe I've gotten to a place where endless, repetitive scenes of murder, maiming, and dismemberment no longer qualify as entertainment (full disclosure: it once did). I wanted to like FANTASTICLAND. The concept was brilliant (see blurb below). But, in the end, it just became too much and I found it at once tedious and repellant. I think the real problem with the book, though, was not in its very clever cons ...more
Dee Arr
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased Mike Bockoven's Fantasticland because it sounded interesting, and I figured it would be a two or three hour slasher that would be somewhat entertaining. Basically, I had no higher expectations. I couldn't have been more wrong.

While I will go with the thriller tag on the book's cover, this book is a horror story similar to the horror in "Lord of the Flies" or "The Hunger Games." Characters in the story are quickly removed from their comfort zones, and the normalcy of everyday life eva
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Emily
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
"I didn't know I had it in me, and I left part of my soul in that park, but I got something back."

Fantasticland is a pretty fun story - it's set after a major hurricane, and it's about employees who are trapped in a theme park. The Lord of the Flies craziness starts to happen, and everything devolves into chaos.

This is such an amazing idea for a book, and I loved the creativity. I went through Hurricane Harvey last year...my experience wasn't even bad, and I could still relate to the character
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Sheri White
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I loved this book - a modern-day Lord of the Flies. I was completely fascinated at how quickly the survivors of the hurricane who were stranded in the amusement park became savage.
Alfred Haplo
Why exactly I wanted to read Fantasticland I cannot be sure. Maybe I had a hankering for contemporary settings, or maybe it is just that I have not read anything frighteningly twisted for a while. Perhaps my dislike for theme parks, particularly the dizzying rides, which I avoid, gravitates towards a childish affirmation that indeed, when disaster strikes, in this case a Level 5 hurricane, theme parks can turn into a place of aggression, savagery and terror. Welcome to Fantasticland, theme park ...more
Melissa
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apocalyptastic, yikes
Whatever you're looking for in a book about a hurricane-ravaged amusement park that descends into savagery, this will fulfill your needs completely. This was exactly what I wanted, arousing in me the nasty, voyeuristic feeling that really good horror inflicts as well as scaring me silly, to the point where I was sitting on my couch with my red blanket - in daylight, with the cat purring next to me & Bill & G wrestling or talking about minecraft or something, about as far removed from a r ...more
 ⇝LEAH⇜
Fantastic narration sets this horror-if-ic story apart from the others...

Luke Daniels has essentially become my favorite male narrator after listening to this.  He and Angela Dawe were phenomenal.  They narrated several characters between the two of them, giving each voice its own sound.  Daniels did the majority of them.  He had different accents, inflections…this felt like it was a full-cast narration.
 
Fantasticland asks the question…what would a few hundred young adults do when completely cut
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Sraah
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Will from this point on be added to my list of favorite books. Perfect.
Juxian
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
4,5 stars.
The blurb sounded pretty ambitious, promising a modern take of Lord of the Flies and Battle Royale, and it made me go into the book very sceptical. Because, you know, imitation is not a new something, it's just... imitation. But after reading the book, I have to admit the description made sense. "FantasticLand" does take up and work with the ideas from those two books, at least partly.
There were things about "FantasticLand" that I loved terribly and things that I didn't like all that m
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