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.
This book was so fantastic to read! I really enjoy Westworld, so having a Disney-ish YA book form is a pretty awesome thing! There's this idea that a engineered being like Ana or her sisters, they can be programmed and controlled. That they can't have original thought or action. Ana proves them oh, so wrong!
We're told this story alternating between Ana meeting and falling in love with Owen, and the present, where she's on trial for his murder. So we know that something has gone wrong, we just don't know what, or how.
Ana mostly had the personality of what you'd expect from a princess, it was what she was made for. But she has her own interests, like being outdoors, and the bioengineered creatures. She was also a bit naive, because she doesn't have access to the outside world.
The mystery was pretty fantastic. Of where her one sister went, why she tried to kill a child. I loved how Ana connected the dots to what The Kingdom had planned. I wouldn't mind a sequel to deal with the fallout, because that would be pretty fantastic!
Loved this book, it was a really fantastic read!
Author: Jess Rothenberg
Read: June 12th, 2019
Reason Why: Loved her first book and it sounded really great, and it's a SAC 2019 Book and a Sophomore Challenge Book!
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Published: May 28th 2019