The Kingdom |Book review

The Kingdom |Book review

Author: Jess Rothenberg

RELEASE DATE: 11th July 2019

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Genre: YA Fantasy/ science fiction

Page count: 464

Goodreads synopsis: here 

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 come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.

But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty―and what it truly means to be human.


What a ride!

So many thoughts. So many feelings. This book was magic. I finished it in 4 hours, I just couldn’t stop reading. The Kingdom transported me into another world of corrupt organisations and a murder mystery.

Before receiving an ARC from the publisher, this book was not on my radar. I mean I saw it a couple times, here and there but I never really looked at it. So I went into this book completely blind as I really didn’t know where it was going from the synopsis. Let me tell you this book was a surprise, I initially thought I wouldn’t enjoy it because I don’t really read robot books but this book really took me by surprise and I ended up really enjoying it. The interesting and unique premise really hooked me to my seat and I was unable to move until I finished.

The story follows Ana, one of the seven Fantasists. Ana works at The Kingdom, a theme park where all your wishes come true. She along with her six sisters are created and programmed as hybrid humans to entertain guests and make them happy. This book begins with a murder, an interview into the murder trial and the events that took two years before the murder. Each chapter will bring you closer to discovering the murder scene and seeing who was involved and the reality of The Kingdom. The story was told in a past and present format. The format added suspense and the mystery really made the book unputdownable and exciting. There were many twists, which left be gaping in shock.

The characters are so interesting and I really connected with them, I sympathised with Ana, it was fascinating to see things from her perspective and understand her learning about the world.

This story was thrilling, original and mind blowing. The author traps you in an illusion and you don’t know what is happening. It keeps you guessing throughout the novel and at the edge of your seat completely and utterly hooked.

The only reason I knocked off a star is because I felt like the story was dragged in some parts and got a bit repetitive.

RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟


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

Thank you so much Macmillan books for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


2 thoughts on “The Kingdom |Book review

  1. It’s weird how I was looking at reading this for a readathon and later your review pops up 😱 😂 I really enjoyed reading your review, I think I might have to buy this!!


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