NetGalley: The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

“Where Happily Ever After Is Not A Promise, But A Rule..”

The Kingdom is like a dystopian Disney where the princesses are never allowed to leave and all of the cute animal costumed people are actually just animal hybrids, bred in a lab to bring all of your magical fantasies to life.


“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.”

But there seems to be a glitch in the system. The princesses or fantasists as they’re known, no longer seem content with keeping everyone happy. They’re thinking for themselves and the word “escape” has been floating around a bit too much. Some of the animals seem to be malfunctioning too and there has been an increase in incidents, the biggest being a murder.. surely the fantasists couldn’t be capable of murder, it’s not in their programme, and yet here we have Ana on trial. But was it really her fault or the fault of her creators?

This was a nice quick read of the fantastical variety with a dash of murder mystery and some courtroom drama. Perfect if you like Disney and dystopians then you’re sure to enjoy it, I sure did!

Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for the copy to review on NetGalley, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.

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