The Kingdom

‘A fairytale with a surprising twist.’


The Kingdom is a fantasy amusement park where guests are immersed in a world full of virtual animals and castles. Ana is one of the seven Fantasists, beautiful android princesses made to entertain the guests of the amusement park. Fantasists are unable to feel emotions until Ana meets Owen, an employee in the park. When Ana’s sister Nia is turned off, Ana tries to find out why this happened. When her other sister Eve was also turned off, Ana knows that something is wrong. Ana searches for the meaning of her life and is determined to find this out. Owen wants to help her, but what is he hiding from her? Moments later, Owen has been killed. The suspect: Ana.


I have been looking forward to reading this book for months. Ever since I saw this book in the stores, I knew I had to read it. I certainly not regret this either.

The story is written from Ana’s perspective. The book starts with an interrogation with Ana. Because of this start, you will be sucked into the book immediately. Then you follow the story about how Ana got to this point, alternating with statements from witnesses, photos as evidence and more. These kept you curious about the end because you wanted an explanation for all of this.

The end of the story is also something you don’t expect. While I was reading it my mouth fell open out of shock. I am very happy that the story had this ending because I don’t think it would have been a great book if the story had ended that way. I wonder if there will be a new part of this book or if this book will be a stand-alone. It would be interesting to see how this story would move on.

The only part I didn’t like about this book was that sometimes so much information came to you that it just got too much. Maybe this can be only a problem for me, but sometimes I had to put the book down to absorb all the information.

Jess Rothenberg makes sure that you get sucked into the story and want to read on. It is clever how Rothenberg has built the story of The Kingdom. In the palace, more and more dark secrets come out and more and more questions arise. The Kingdom is actually much more lurid than you would think. This story is not a typical fairy tale.


The Kingdom is a lurid fairy tale with a surprising ending. A well-written story with a good built-up. I would definitely recommend this book if you like fairytales with a surprising twist. I look forward to reading more of Jess Rothenberg books.

Product information
Written by: Jess Rothenberg
Pages: 320
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
ISBN: 9781250293855
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