Book Review | The Kingdom #20booksofsummer

I feel like I am on a roll, managing to squeeze in some books before the challenge comes to a close.

the kingdom

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.


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For some reason I am finding this review quite difficult to write, it’s a strange feeling to not have the words that you want.

I was exceptionally interested in the concept for this one, it sounded very much like Westworld meets Disney and that was something that definitely caught my attention. It is a mash-up that worked brilliantly, there is something very satisfying to having the contrast of the “perfect world” and seeing behind the curtain as things start to unravel.

The story unfolds in a kind of dual timeline, it jumps between Ana’s version of events and trial transcripts and interviews, I enjoyed the back and forth getting snippets of the future to create that extra layer of mystery. It was also interesting having that outside world element because it gave you a different perspective on a lot of things, I don’t want to spoil things by being too specific.

There are a lot of great characters in this book, Ana was fascinating, how she changes and evolves and starts to question her surroundings and those in a superior position. I also loved her relationship with her sisters, especially as they become more complex. Especially with Nia, as it becomes clear that Ana has some choices that will affect their relationship deeply.

I think the one thing that has made this review hard to write is that whilst I really enjoyed the book and felt that the storyline was clever and engaging, I felt like there was something missing. The action starts a little late in the book and whilst once it picked up I felt like I didn’t want to put the book down,  I also didn’t feel the rush that I was expecting that I would feel. It is hard to pinpoint what it is that makes me feel this way, perhaps that it was maybe a little rushed because it was at the later stages of the book.

Having said that I still very much enjoyed The Kingdom and I am interested to see what the author comes up with next.


20 books 2019


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