The Kingdom

The Kingdom

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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, Jess Rothenberg's The Kingdom has the futuristic appeal of Westworld and the twists and turns of a YA true-crime thriller.

'Disney on steroids . . . a surefire discussion starter about desire and power.' - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 131 x 197 x 24mm | 252g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 1509899383
  • 9781509899388
  • 56,345

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Disney on steroids... a surefire discussion starter about desire and power. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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Disney on steroids... a surefire discussion starter about desire and power. * Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books * The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg is a revelation. It's uniqueness and ingenuity absolutely blew me away. I cannot recommend this clever, chilling and stunning novel enough. -- Midnight Book Girl An exciting and thought-provoking Young Adult novel. * Juno * When the book starts it has the air of a book about Disney princesses brought to life, but make sure you persevere, as this young adult narrative becomes increasingly dark. As Ana's growing awareness and understanding is explored, so subplots make you question the reality of her thought processes. Is she truly just an automaton after all? There is a murder and there is a solution but the book actually, quite cleverly, explores so much more. I did not expect to be recommending this book when I started. I did not even think I would read it to the end, but I did. I recommend you do the same -- Crime Review
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About Jess Rothenberg

Jess Rothenberg is a writer and freelance editor. A former editor of books for young readers, including the bestselling Vampire Academy series, she was also the author of The Catastrophic History of You & Me, published in more than a dozen countries and The Kingdom, a futuristic thriller. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.
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Rating details

6,374 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,584)
4 42% (2,698)
3 25% (1,605)
2 6% (399)
1 1% (88)
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