The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg Book Review
Title: The Kingdom
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Publisher: Macmillian Children’s Books
Release Date: 28th May 2019
Welcome to the Kingdom. A dazzling fantasy theme park where ‘happily ever after’ is not just a promise, but a rule . . .
It’s a fairytale which ends in murder as the one of the ‘Fantasists’ goes renegade… Ana, a half-human, half-android princess, is tasked with entertaining visitors and making wishes come true but now she’s on trial, after finding herself experiencing emotions and romantic feelings against all her programming.
Told through court testimony, interrogation records and fragmented flashbacks, The Kingdom has the futuristic appeal of Westworld and the twists and turns of a true-crime thriller.
I don’t remember the last time I read a book in one sitting, but that’s exactly what I did with The Kingdom. This extremely imaginative story, set in a twisted Disneyland-Esque environment completely captures me.
The book is based around the 7 Fantasists, with Ana as the story’s central focus. These half-human, half-robot hybrids were specially created to bring joy and happiness to the visitors. However, a couple of the Fantasists begin to ‘malfunction’. They begin to experience real emotions, form real opinions and have real wants. As the story evolves we see Ana develop romantic feelings for Owen, a park maintenance worker, who she is on trial for murdering.
The Kingdom is told through flashbacks, trial interviews and court testimonies that will keep you turning the page to unravel the truth. It was such a unique way of telling the story and I loved every minute of it.
I adored Ana’s character and whether she was guilty or not I was definitely rooting for her the whole way.
There were endless twists and turns, including one right at the very end, that kept me guessing the entire way which is always a big plus for me. I don’t enjoy overly predictable books and thankfully this was far from predictable. I had no idea whether Ana was really guilty of murder or not. The book wrapped up really nicely too, there were no loose ends or unanswered questions.
As far as I’m aware there aren’t any plans for a sequel but I would be very happy if a sequel did happen. I’d love to explore the world that Jess Rothenberg has created and have different stories told from the perspective of the other Fantasists.
Overall I’d definitely recommend this book. It was fantastically written and impossible to put down!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! If you’ve read The Kingdom let me know in the comments what your thoughts were.