Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom [Jess Rothenberg]

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(TM) 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.

📚✨👑My thoughts on the novel📚✨👑

When I picked the book on NetGalley, I was first drawn to the fantastic cover. I didn’t expect the storyline to get so dark and intense, but it was a very original read. A futuristic, escapist tale if you enjoy sci-fi and crime novels mixed into one.

When I started reading, I took me a while to understand where the author would take me. It’s not my typical read, but I kept on reading and eventually enjoyed it, especially because of the structure, a mix of court testimony, interrogation records and fragmented flashbacks. The ending was well thought-out.



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