Book Review: The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


What an intriguing look into the mind of an android developing feelings and working against her programming. I loved the touch of sci-fi futurism coupled with varying formats throughout the text, which worked to keep the story moving while simultaneously providing the reader with important information (that didn’t feel like exposition dumps). You should definitely pick this one up if you have any interest in mysteries, crime dramas, theme parks like Disney, a desire to strangle know-it-all doctor types, or just want a fun new read from a debut author.

I’m will soon be sharing my recent book haul, and you’ll find that I picked up a signed finished copy of this lovely hardcover at a recent Fierce Reads tour.  Jess was rather nice and I had a great time even though the drive made for a very long day!  If you haven’t seen the hardcover in person, you’re missing out on the glittering robot insides that really make the cover shine!


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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