REVIEW: The Kingdom – Jess Rothenberg

40864907Title: The Kingdom
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Rating: ★★★½

If you’re expecting The Kingdom to be a fluffier, young adult version of Westworld + Disney World, think again. Jess Rothenberg combines science fiction with murder mystery in this sinister, thrilling story about what it means to be human.

The Kingdom was a lot darker than I had anticipated. The book follows Ana, one of seven Fantasists – girls engineered to be beautiful, subservient, and made to cater to the wishes of visitors of the futuristic amusement park, The Kingdom. As the book goes on, things start to go awry in the park, and Ana (as well as the other girls) start to develop feelings and emotions not congruent with their programming. Eventually, Ana is charged with the murder of one of the park’s employers, Owen.

I really loved the themes present in the novel, especially the question of what it means to be “real” and human. I enjoyed following the journey of friendship that develops between Ana and Owen. Both of them are able to learn from the other and grow in character.

The book is written in a somewhat past and present format. The present are told through Ana’s POV, and the past is told through transcripts from Ana’s trial and other bits of “media” that are placed between chapters. I thought it was really well done and made it easy to fly through the pages.

The Kingdom was a book that never really got on my radar until more recently. I’m really glad I made the decision to read this because it was so good! The Kingdom is perfect for fans of dark science-fiction books with a bit of a murder mystery.

The ABC Book Challenge | L

Happy Friday! This week’s letter was much easier than the past few weeks. I was especially excited because it includes on of my all-time favorite books, Lady of the Eternal City! If you enjoyed Historical Fiction, I highly suggest that series! 


MEMORABLE TITLES THAT START WITH THE LETTER “L”


BOOKS STARTING WITH “L” ON MY TBR

 

The ABC Book Challenge | K

Happy Friday! I currently have a two week break from classes, and it could not have come at a better time. As with the last letter, I struggled with this letter, which was really unexpected. Apparently, I haven’t read very many books beginning with this letter, let alone books that are memorable.


MEMORABLE TITLES THAT START WITH THE LETTER “K”


BOOKS STARTING WITH “K” ON MY TBR