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Publisher Description

A half-android, half-human girl is accused of murder in Jess Rothenberg's tautly-paced YA thriller, The Kingdom, perfect for fans of Westworld and The Lunar Chronicles.

"Wildly addictive and beautifully terrifying... Readers will leave this glittering theme park forgetting what is real."—Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles

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.

Young Adult
May 28
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Grades 9-13

Customer Reviews

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Odd but amazing

I enjoyed this book a lot. Can I just say, I had no idea where she was going with this and I was scared she was going to ruin the ending. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are lovable—especially Owen (😍)—the plot was unpredictable and fast-paced. It definitely exceeded my expectations and I loved every step of the way. If there was a book 2 (pls) I would definitely read it. The plot was set up a bit differently than I’m used to, but that made it all the more better. I’m not gonna lie, it wasn’t my fav, but most certainly not the worst. If you like romance, futuristic worlds, and checking out unique books, I’d recommend it.

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