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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,971 ratings  ·  1,854 reviews
Welcome to the Kingdom... where 'Happily Ever After' isn't just a promise, but a rule.

Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species--formerly extinct--roam free.

Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful "princesses" engineered to make
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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What more do I have to say?!

I hope it’s not a lot, because that’s really all I got. This book was nonstop exciting and nonstop original and nonstop awesome and that’s really all I have to say.

But for the sake of “writing” “a” “full” “review,” I’ll elaborate. First, synopsis!

This is about Ana, one of seven “Fantasists” (think cyborg-y Disney princesses) at The K
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Bloody hell! I loved this book but let me tell you, I could pop open a can of whoop ass on the jerks in this book!!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

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Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was not what I expected. I mean, I knew it wasn’t going to be all rainbows and unicorn farts. The synopsis lets you know right away that this book is about the underside of the fairytale, about all the dark things that happen backstage to the fantasy.

And yet, I don't know why I still didn't quite see it coming.

This book follows Ana, one of seven Fantasists and The Kingdom, a Disney World type of amusement park. The Fantasists are seven engineered girls meant to be the princesses of The
Charlotte May
"Happy endings are only stories. And stories are lies."

I had high hopes for this book. A warped version of Disneyland where the 'princesses' are known as fantasists. The fantasists are effectively robots, created by The Kingdom to serve its guests. To do anything they are asked without argument or comment, to 'make dreams come true.'

Right off the bat we are thrown into a court case, where Ana, one of the oldest fantasists is accused of murdering a member of park staff. The timeline shifts betw
Kayla Dawn
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I was really enjoying this up until around page 270.
As soon as the "showdown" started, the story went downhill.

The plot was so incredibly rushed all of the sudden, everything felt unrealistic and completely overdone. This book could've easily been 100 pages longer.
Same goes for the romance and the character development. The majority of both pretty much happened in the last ~60 pages.

It kinda felt like the author just wanted it to be over tbh.
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very pleased with my first read of 2020. Really captivating from start to finish. I loved the format of the timeline which included flashbacks as well as transcripts from the court room. It kept me guessing! And the entire concept of the theme park was so interesting.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
This book wasn’t even on my radar when I got the invite to read it and man, I’m so happy I accepted.

I loved Ana. She’s so good and pure and it was easy to get wrapped up in her way of seeing the world. I was rooting for her from the very beginning. There are a few other characters, but this story is all about Ana and what she’s going through.

Plot wise, I was absolutely captivated. I was so happy the story was told in a past and present format. Seeing the trial unfold in transcripts and video c
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Whoa. This was so much darker than I was expecting. There are lots of reviews that talk about how this is similar to Westworld but in a more Disneyland-like setting, and all of those reviews are basically totally on point. The Kingdom is a place for happily-ever-afters, filled with "hybrid" creatures of flesh and circuitry, ranging from the ordinary, like bears or birds, to the extraordinary, like horses with butterfly wings, rideable dr
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading The Kingdom on 5/22/2019 and finished it on 5/25/2019 at 2:55AM. This book is a fantastic read! I like following Ana’s view. She has a clever attitude. I like how she handles the interviews. She’s a bit of a smart mouth and challenges her interviewers instead of just answering the questions directly. The story is interesting, reminds me of Magic Kingdom except it sounds more exciting with all the technologies. When technology going rogue, in this case, the Fantasist Nia, Eve, a ...more
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Realy original story 🥰, loved the idea/concept but sometimes it felt to dreaded , so that did take away some joy for me , but overall a solid read about hybrid princesses , and I kinda wished that you could visit the kingdom if it hadn't roborts of course or animal abuse , 3 ⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Umairah (Sereadipity)
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't just a bit dark and disquieting- it took me to a whole new level of sinister that I had never experienced before.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4/5

Trigger Warnings: suicide, sexual assault (off page, implied), animal abuse

The Kingdom was a futuristic theme park that used cutting-edge technology to create an enchanting experience for all of its visitors. With thrilling performances from previously extinct creatures, magical rides, flamboyant parades and vivid fantasy simulation
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Oof. With such an amazing sounding synopsis, I found this one to be lacking in both the action and thrills department. That’s a pretty hefty negative when a book takes place in a futuristic theme park with robot princess’s.

The book never allowed me to be fully immersed. It’s really choppy. On occasion when a scene was finally laid out and I could enjoy what was happening, the chapter would end and switch to a new timeline. There’s no depth. I loved that the author tried to be innovative and orig
A Westworld rip-off written for kids who are (understandably) not allowed to watch Westworld. Every plot point is borrowed and dumbed down. Way, way down. And set in Disney World. That the whole thing hinges on an incomprehensible teen romance isn't a surprise. The only plot line I was interested in was the murder mystery, but it turned out as you'd expect it to turn out.

Once again, I had no business reading this novel. So I can't hate it for being what it intends to be - teen schlock flirting w
Ova - Excuse My Reading
This book was so good!!! I loved the twists. Set in a highly imaginative and creative world, Kingdom, which has the vibes of a Disney/Westworld combination, where there are android princesses in this theme park called Kingdom, that interact with visitors and make their experience more special. The story is about Ana, who starts to develop her own emotions. At the beginning I struggled a bit to keep up with what's going on and who is who, but once I got what's going on I was hooked. the ending wa ...more
WOW, that ending.

The Kingdom was like a creepy take on the Disneyworld/Disneyland. Instead of having people in costume, it's robots. In it, you will meet Ana. She is one of the seven beautiful fantasist princesses. She's a little naïve about what's actually going on in this park - whether it's with her sisters or the investors - but she's a quick learner.

Throughout this book she is on trial for murder. We don't really know if she actually did commit the crime but we get to know more about this w
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was exactly what I needed at the moment - a slice of dystopian YA with subtle interesting ideas and a murder mystery that starts at the end. Ana is a Fantasist, a genetically enhanced part human/part machine that’s been designed to fulfil your every heart’s desire within The Kingdom - a theme park that allows people to view the past and design their own future. Highlights include extinct species brought back to life as ‘hybrid
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quarantine-tbr
3.5 stars ~ I'd say this was a pretty enjoyable read that kept me on the edge of my seat with those jumping timelines! It was not boring in the least and I made sure I paid as much attention to each chapter as I do in each episode of Westworld 😂 Hats off to the creativity of this plot and Ana's character development! The ending pleasantly surprised me and left me wanting more. I wanted so much more because I feel like there is so much more potential hence not quite a 5 star read for me. A lot of ...more
Tara ☽
May 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hello I'm totally down for some tragic robot romance ...more
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
This one is one of the smartest, most compelling books I have read this year and it will definitely be making my favorites list! I suspect this one is going to be a big hit and I'm really glad I was encouraged to pick it up.

The Kingdom is a brilliant sci-fi thriller that completely sucked me in. It is both beautiful and disturbing, weaving together hard-hitting social commentary with a page-turning mystery. Set at a futuristic theme park (think Disneyland on steroids with sci-fi technology) The
Althea ☾
I just wanted to love this book and I'm just sad that I didn't.

I expected to absolutely L O V E this book because this is how it was sold to me:
- a dystopian amusement park labeled as mystery

…that’s it, that's all I knew. I was absolutely sold with just that and I am still disappointed.

— overall thoughts: 1.5 —

I flew through this book if thats a consolation… probably because I didn’t really care about what was happening (view spoiler)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is "feminism lite", but based on everything I see around me, there is still a deep need for a book like this that asks us to think about what we expect from the perfect woman: servility, beauty, and constant, unquestioned compliance.
This book shares some of the same ideas as Girls with Sharp Sticks, though it comes at the same questions from a slightly different direction. Instead of an elite school for beautiful young women to be groomed to be the perfect wives of successful men, here we h
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I received an ARC copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you Fierce Reads for sending me a copy. This book was so unique. Ive not read anything else like it. As a lot of other reviewers have said it's a cross between Westworld and what you might imagine Disney World being like in the future. The only reason I gave it 4.5 and not 5 stars is because I felt like I wanted more out of the ending. That being said I did thoroughly enjoy reading this and I look forward to more books
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book really had great potentials, but I was so bored reading it.
My high hopes progressively declined after a while because:

- the theme park and its rules weren't really fully laid out, they were just thrown here and there to justify an action which brings me to my next point

- I didn't get a sense of danger or anticipation, things just happened and I couldn't care less.

- Being in Ana's head and experiencing all the story through her was also annoying because her dialogue and thoughts were s
si ( ◠‿◠ )
Okay..........wow. This book. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be and everything I didn’t know I needed all wrapped into one magnificent, fast paced, daring adventure. It’s got a little bit of everything: mystery, romance, adventure, escape, violence, betrayal, soft sweet moments, and futurism. It was so interesting to read: one second I was rooting for one person, and the next I had no idea who to believe. Is it an unreliable narrator? Or do I just not have all the right pieces? I was SPEEDING ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was definitely an entertaining read with an original synopsis but unfortunately just didn’t connect at pivotal times.

Here we are immersed in the kingdom, a highly realistic digital word that has fused with technology to create a dream land. We also meet the star attractions: 7 princesses designed to emulate the best of culture and beauty.

This move unravels the fairytale image of childhood and explores the callous nature hidden from view. It was an extremely interesting take on a classic tro
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a nice read for me and also it took me a few hours to finish it? I don't usually read during exams weeks but I was so excited for this one that I couldn't wait more but I was not expecting to finish it so fast?

This book for me at least, was unique and so different and had a plot-twist that I was not expecting? Perhaps I got so into the story that I wasn't thinking anymore, I just wanted to read, read and read.
In this book we have the point of view of Ana, one of the seven fantasy
Evie Braithwaite
Picture this: a futuristic Disney World swarmed with robotic hybrid animals and instead of Disney Princesses, there are flawless, androids named ´Fantasists´ whose sole goal is to make the park guests' fantasies come alive.

I´ve read numerous books lately based around the post-human arguments surrounding genetic modification or the creation of flawless androids. As a result, I feel as if that altered my reading experience slightly.

The theme park was so intriguing. The book was such a quick read
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was NOTHING like what I expected. And it's fantastic!!

This book is whimsical but also dark and terrifying. The truth about human nature and what some people are capable of is brought to light. It's disturbing to think that if this fantasy world was real, I have NO doubt that these types of things would happen. It's Disney World of the future with evil under the surface.

I seriously recommend this book! It's different and fast paced. I'm wondering if there will be a sequel? Or another bo
4.5* This was essentially a murder mystery set at Disneyland, in which a Disney Princess is the prime murder suspect. So yeah, of course I freaking loved it.

TW: possible self harm trigger, mention of abuse
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of YA speculative fiction I like to see - a few metaphors thoughtfully channeled through a unique premise (why did this Disney-like princess that's actually a human android hybrid go off her rocket and kill her only friend?), with compelling characters and lovely prose to boot. I found this quite moving, and I was impressed with the genuinely difficult questions the book explored around what it means to be human and how technology interacts with our humanity. That said, it has t ...more
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