Waiting on Wednesday: The Kingdom
Written by Jess Rothenberg
Published by Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 11th July 2019
Summary (from Goodreads🙂
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.
Why I can’t wait to read this:
- I love pretty much anything to do with fairytales, which is what initially prompted me to pick this up.
- The world sounds cool – a fantasy come to life! I am excited to see what will be imagined for this amusement park.
- There is something about amusement parks that can be really creepy, something that has been exploited by various horror movies throughout the years. During the day it is jolly and happy, but a night the facade becomes obvious and they become odd, liminal places.
- I love books which examine the borderline between human and machine, particularly as artificial intelligence continues to develop. What really makes humans different? If the programming can replicate human feelings so accurately, couldn’t a being with artificial intelligence also be due the same consideration and rights as a human?
- Ana already has me interested in her as a character. I want to find out more!
What do you think?
Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?
Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?
Let me know in the comments!
See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here: When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, Starfish, The Gloaming, The Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Nyxia Unleashed, Bright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Empress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and Gold, Storm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves, Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the Crane. Dragon Pearl, Last of Her Name. The Familars. A Pinch of Magic, A Witch Come True, The Winter of the Witch. Once Upon a River, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Shadowscent, Romanov. Echo North, The Wicked King, The Priory of the Orange Tree, Spin the Dawn, Master of Sorrows, Asha and the Spirit Bird, A Treason of Thorns, We Rule The Night, Perfectly Preventable Deaths, Collision, Rumblestar, The Last Spell Breather, The Starless Sea, The Lost Tide Warriors, The Princess Who Flew With Dragons, Containment, House of Salt and Sorrows, Stronger than a Bronze Dragon, Sanctuary, Gumiho/Wicked Fox.
Thanks for reading!