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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  557 ratings  ·  273 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 dr
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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this full review is now posted (!!!) at! i spontaneously remembered i have a blog, and also that i would like to receive tickets to a real-life version of the Kingdom please and thanks.




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
شيماء ✨
May 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
What I lack in attractiveness I make up for in my infallible ability to find more interesting books to add to my TBR
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
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
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
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
Tara ☽
May 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Hello I'm totally down for some tragic robot romance
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
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.

Ive 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 so
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Anja H.
Feb 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
This sounds like Westworld = GIMME GIMME GIMME!
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
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Kingdom is like a combination of some of my favorite tv shows, "Westworld" and "Dollhouse". It is full of mystery and ominous vibes that completely captivate you, but where The Kingdom really shines is its discussion of humanity and agency. The mystery of who murdered Owen pulls you through the entire book and what ends up occurring is that the reader begins to wonder what how
Jay G
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

4.5/5 Stars

The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy themed amusement park where guest come to make their dreams come true. Ana, is one of seven Fantasists, robotic princesses, whose sole purpose is to make the guests happy. One day, when she meets park employee Owen, she begins to feel love towards him, an e
Liz Barnsley
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom is brilliant. Highly imaginative, a true genre hybrid that takes in layers of pretty much all my favourite types of stories and mashes them up into an intense, page turner of a read that is entirely gripping.
In a twisted version of Disneyland, the fantasists, hybrid girls, make dreams come true every day. In a kingdom of the exotic and the extinct, people come to escape the drudgery of the destroyed outside world. But there’s a dark heart lurking beneath the magic and Ana finds herse
Apr 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-releases
Really glad so many people told me to pick this one up because it's not my usual jam but I thought it was really well done, and extra fun to read while at a Disneyworld hotel.
Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

Thank you so much Henry Holt and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review THE KINGDOM!

The Kingdom is basically West World meets Disney World in this dizzying actions packed story that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park that is everything you ever wished for. The Kingdom is home to the fantasists, the seven artificial intelligence that were designed as Princess's for the consumers e
Rachel Strolle
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was WILD

TW: mentioned 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
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
Set in a Disney World-esque fantasy land in the near future, The Kingdom goes full on Westworld with its robotic Fantasists (read: beautiful women engineered to play the part of the park's princesses). With a hint of Jurassic Park thrown in for good measure, the corporate owned Kingdom appears altruistic to the outside world, resurrecting extinct species and providing children and adults with an immersive escape from the reality of global warming. However, not everything is as it seems, especial ...more
Nicole (FearYourEx)
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Let me start off by saying thank you to the publisher for sending me an early copy of this book.

Then continue by saying that I saw this cover and read the synopsis and I thought I wouldn't like this book. I don't know why, but it just didn't sound like my cup of tea. I was WRONG! This book was amazing! I've been having a hard time finding books that I just cannot put down. Sure, I've forced myself to read quickly lately, but nothing that I've just HAD to continue reading. This book was so in
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
So, this is the 3rd book I've read this month which forces the reader to decide what defines a human.

Maybe if I wasn't already feeling kind of over-saturated on the theme, I might have liked this a little better.

I did enjoy the whole theme park thing (of course, I used to be a manager in a theme park, so maybe it just hit home?).

I did dig the Ana we meet via court transcripts, aka Ana with a spine.

But, oh, for most of the book it's android teen-angst. Remember when androids were kind of edgy?
Jackie ϟ Bookseller
I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

5/5 stars

"In the end, it does not matter what the story is about. It only matters who gets to tell it."

Ana is a Fantasist, a human/robot hybrid who, along with her "sister" Fantasists, populates an amusement park called The Kingdom where people (actual humans) go to escape their daily lives. The Kingdom is part Disneyworld, part Westworld, part Frankenstein, while Ana's story is told through her own narration and through the tran
'What if, instead of being social, she simply prefers spending her time lost in her favorite book?'

Totally reminiscent of Westworld complete with a theme park, violence especially towards animals (who are hybrids but still) and a budding romance cut short because murder which I just found ??, TBH. I usually love books where AIs become more human, but seeing the males objectify the princesses (and then the insinuation that they get raped on the regular and then their memories get wiped), the prin
mk 🦖
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whoa. My only qualm is that this felt so short, and I wanted to spend more time in this world. It’s like if Disney World was WestWorld and the princesses were androids. The writing is just so spot-on here, and I loved the main characters perspective and she developed and changed. The romance was meh for me. I also thought the central mystery to the story was a little predictable, or maybe it just felt crammed into the story for me? Or maybe I just wished it was longer...
Clephiro (The Book Coven)
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, ya, mystery
The Kingdom sounded like my fairytale book. Unfortunately, like the original fairytales, this book was much darker and less pleasant than the Disney retellings. Originally, I was enchanted with the world, but after discussion, I'm a little less than pleased with Jess Rothernberg's take on Westworld.

I should have known that a book that was practically screaming WESTWORLD at me would not be good. It's clear that this book is clearly heavily inspired by the hit show, and who can blame the author? I
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "The Kingdom". Its about a thinly disguised version of Disney World in the future where the princesses are a hybrid of human/computer. In fact the Kingdom is comprised of all kinds of hyrid animals, some of which were extinct. Ana is a fantasist, one of seven of these princesses. Her job is to walk around the park and do meet and greats and parades and make guests happy. But what happens when the fantasists start to become a little too human? And they start wanting more then the ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
The idea would have been original (without watching Westworld first), but the implementation did not satisfy in the least.

The narration seemed robotic in a way, which should have been fitting, but it left me indifferent to the story unfolding before my eyes. Everything felt random and when the pieces of the entire puzzle were revealed I just couldn't believe it at all.

(Why would Owen...? How did Ana...? Why the security team did not...? How come the judge...? And all that teenage drama *le sig
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Based off of the synopsis of this book, I severely underestimated just how dark and sinister this tale would be. Imagine Disney World with its beautiful fairy tale princesses and then immerse them into a scene out of West World where the men who oversee these the day to day of these princesses are filled with perverse desires.

The story opens with a brief murder scene then jumps forward to the post-trial interview between Ana and Dr. Foster. Ana has been accused of murdering someone (at this poin
Katherine Moore
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom is the ultimate fantasy theme park, with its thrilling rides and coasters, set among safari grasslands, mermaid pools, and tropical forests, a monorail, and the magical Princess Palace. Long-extinct animal species have been bioengineered and now roam free, along with hybrid animals like horseflies as well as virtual dragons.
And what’s this Kingdom without princesses? Ana is one of seven Fantasists - half-human, half-android princesses, who are engineered to make park visitors' fantas
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JESS ROTHENBERG is a writer and freelance editor who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. A former editor of books for young readers, including the #1 International Bestselling Vampire Academy series, Jess lives in New York City with her husband, son, and cat-who-thinks-he’s-a-dog, Charlie. Her debut novel for teens, The Catastrophic History of You & Me, has been translated into more than a ...more
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