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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 dreams c
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Paperback, 464 pages
Expected publication: July 11th 2019 by Pan Macmillan (first published May 28th 2019)
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    شيماء ✨
    What I lack in attractiveness I make up for in my infallible ability to find more interesting books to add to my TBR
    emma
    EASILY SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING AND ORIGINAL YA I'VE READ IN A MINUTE

    SO EXCITING THAT IT APPARENTLY TURNED ME INTO SOMEONE WHO WRITES EARNESTLY AND IN ALL CAPS

    A BOOK SO GOOD IT CAUSES AN IDENTITY CRISIS

    REVIEW TO COME

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    yes of course i want to read about evil robot future Disney World

    thanks to Fierce Reads for the ARC
    Stacee
    Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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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    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
    Rachel
    I just won my first book from the goodreads giveaway! So excited!!!! 😃 😃 😃
    Anja H.
    Feb 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    This sounds like Westworld = GIMME GIMME GIMME!
    Bethany
    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
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    USOM
    Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    (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
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    Liz Barnsley
    Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Jay G
    May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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    Dahlia
    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
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    Rachel Strolle
    This was WILD

    TW: mentioned abuse
    Nicole (FearYourEx)
    May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs
    WOW!
    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
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    OutlawPoet
    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?
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    BookVolchitsa
    Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4.5
    The Kingdom è uno sci-fi thriller ambientato in un parco tema futuristico (immaginate a una Disneyland abitatata da ibridi super tecnologici).
    Trama avvincente, un mix perfetto tra sci-fi, fantasy e thriller.
    Ho letteralmente divorato questo libro! Poi il finale? Inaspettato!
    VOGLIO assolutamente un seguito!
    Super raccomandato!
    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
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    Laura
    May 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Non male! Avevo aspettative molto alte ma durante la lettura mi sono un po' spenta!
    mk 🦖
    Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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...
    Brittany
    Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    Hannah
    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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    Sarah
    Dec 19, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    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!!!
    helena
    Feb 24, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019
    release date: may 28th

    is it westworld
    Toya
    May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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    Stacey
    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
    Karen Barber
    I wasn’t sure what to expect of this. Having completed it, I can say it was definitely one that got my attention and I’m grateful to NetGalley for allowing me access to this prior to publication.
    Ana is a Fantasist. Essentially a machine, she is programmed to bring happiness to those she interacts with. She lives, along with her sisters, in the Disney-style theme park known as The Kingdom and she is programmed to behave within a strict set of parameters.
    Early on, we are given details of a transcr
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    samantha
    Mar 15, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Camilla (thecrazyreader)
    3.5 stelle!
    Karissa
    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
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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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