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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  66 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(TM) 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 mak
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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yes of course i want to read about evil robot future Disney World

thanks to Fierce Reads for the ARC
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
This was bananas and I loved it.
Full review to come.
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
Rachel Strolle
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was WILD

TW: mentioned abuse
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
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 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: giveaways, tbr-own
I just won my first book from the goodreads giveaway! So excited!!!! 😃 😃 😃
Anja H.
Feb 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
This sounds like Westworld = GIMME GIMME GIMME!
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 ho
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
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
Pitched as Westworld meets Serial podcast and the UK cover looks like if Stranger Things went into a fantasy land and ate a bunch of neon lights I AM HERE FOR THIS!!!
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This shit is bananas.
Don't sleep on this one guys. Disney 100 years in the future on some good drugs. Princess AI's who develop feelings...perhaps?...
What a ride.
Mar 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
omfg i'm so excited... literally waited 7 years for jessica rothenberg to release something after the catastrophic history of you and me and it sounds like westworld, but wow what a moment i will never forget a moment that is most pleasing to me in my career
I received this book as a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I went into this thinking that I was really going to love this book. It is told in pieces of mixed media (courtroom documents, video surveillance footage, a YouTube video, etc.) The concept seemed really cool and murder mystery-esque. And, let's not kid ourselves, the cover is great (the UK cover is GORGEOUS). But, I just.. didn't. I am glad that I read it and I don't think that it was a bad book, there were ju
Feb 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019
release date: may 28th

is it westworld
Wow!! That was an amazing visit to "The Kingdom." I'll share more thoughts later--can't believe this one isn't out until May 2019!! I couldn't put this one down and really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to everything this author will write next!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“But stories can go away. Stories can be rewritten. Reshaped. Retold. In the end, it does not matter what a story is about. It only matters who gets to tell it.”

Wow. I had no idea going into this how much I’d love it. The world of the kingdom is amazing, it feels like a true entertainment park. And Ana. She was such an amazing character, hybrid or not. I loved every page of this story. So much questioning into what makes us human, how humanity and morality work. I cannot believe i only found out
I am so excited that Jess Rothenberg is writing YA again! The Catastrophic History of You and Me was one of my favourites around the time I started blogging.

The Kingdom is a fresh, fast-paced read that blends science-fiction, mystery and ‘cli-fi’ YA that will suck you in right from the first pages. Told from the perspective of an android before she is accused of murder, with court documents, interviews and more in between chapters from the trial itself, The Kingdom delves into the darker side of
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Ho amato la trama, questo è proprio il tipo di libro che è nelle mie corde. L'autrice ha gestito benissimo la struttura del romanzo e nonostante potesse fare un lavoro più approfondito con alcuni personaggi, li ho adortati tutti. Forse il voto reale sarebbe cinque meno ma non riesco a giudicarlo in modo oggettivo, sono pochi i libri che mi hanno catturato così tanto e l'ho adorato!
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...
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
I'm so excited! I loved The Catastrophic History of You and Me and I've been waiting for another book by Jess Rothenberg!
La testa fra i libri
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Kingdom è un meraviglioso regno sicuro e felice, che ci viene minuziosamente descritto da Ana, a tratti in maniera entusiasta e piena d'orgoglio, in altri usando toni controllati e ossequievoli, fino ad arrivare a mostrarci attraverso i suoi occhi fotocellula, che cos'è in realtà il Regno in cui vive.
La narrazione di Ana, si alterna abilmente con gli interrogatori del processo, e il colloquio che Ana scambia con il dott. Foster, scandendo il ritmo narrativo in maniera fluida ed avvincente.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book by the cover reminded me a lot of Mulan in the split face personal with the sword in the middle but the plot of the book was totally different and unexpected. This book also reminded me a lot of the Kingdom Keepers series with the Disney Parks after hours and all the chaos that happens then with the Disney cha
Mariana Calderon
A very eerie and yet enchanting read. The Kingdom sounds amazing, but then of course, as we read Court proceedings and interviews following a murder, it grows steadily darker and creepier and I couldn't tear my eyes away.
Katie (Readerrewind)
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those rare books I thought about even when I wasn’t reading it. It completely pulled me in!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
UPDATE: I'm bumping it down to 3 stars as my "official" rating. This had so much potential but unfortunately it never fully went there for me. It felt like the book couldn't decide whether it wanted to be serious or fun so it landed somewhere in the middle and it just didn't work for me. Still definitely recommend! It's just not a new favorite.

I was provided a free copy of this on Netgalley.

This is a 3.5 read, I think, I just can't decide whether
This book is unique. The concept is a bit different, an amusement park with engineered people as attractions. My issues with the book lie with the fact that there is implied sexual abuse and other problems like altering memories that are not really fully addressed or resolved. I think that this book would be a much better reader if it faced these topics head on instead of leaving them in the shadows.

Thank you to NetGalley for the pre-release copy of this book.

Merged review:

This book is unique. T
Emily Berge
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seriously perfect for fans of Westworld. I couldn't put it down! The type of book that will keep you reading through the night.
The Library of Belle
VOTO 4.5

Il romanzo sci-fi della Rothenberg arriva in anteprima mondiale in Italia grazie a DeA, poiché nel resto del mondo è previsto per il 28 maggio: quindi grazie, grazie, grazie DeA Planeta!
Un romanzo che mi ha colpita dalla prima pagina: ci troviamo in una narrazione particolare, fatta da verbali di processo, interrogatori con un personaggio misterioso (e che si capirà verso la fine chi sia davvero) e flashback che ci trasportano due anni prima e che piano piano ci portano a incastrare tutt
Elena (Leen)
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recensione completa

Quando ho scoperto che Jess Rothenberg sarebbe tornata in Italia con un nuovo romanzo di genere sci-fi thriller, ho compreso che era finalmente arrivata l'occasione per leggere quest'autrice di cui ho sempre sentito parlare. Storia catastrofica di me e di te , il suo romanzo d'esordio uscito anche da noi sei anni fa, sono sempre stata frenata dal leggerlo e infatti ancora a vegetare nella tbr, ma The Kingdom mi ha subito attirata nella sua rete.
Un punto forte di questo roman
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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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