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The Kingdom

The Kingdom

Jess Rothenberg

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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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.

"This sublime blend of The Stepford Wives and Westworld is richly composed and intricately plotted." —Kirkus Reviews

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.

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THE DECEMBER OF THE LESSER CHAMELEON


ONE HOUR AFTER THE MURDER

The room where they at last found him was so cold, they wondered at first if he had frozen to death. Face as white as snow, skin as cold as frost, lips...

Praise for The Kingdom

"Reading The Kingdom feels like a dark treasure hunt. Rothenberg interweaves profound existential questions with breakneck twists and turns to create a story that's both unputdownable and unforgettable."—Sara Holland, New York Times-bestselling author of Everless

"This sublime blend of The Stepford Wives and Westworld is richly composed and intricately plotted." —Kirkus Reviews

"Through flashbacks, trial transcripts, and evidence exhibits, Ana's story, and greater revelations about the world around her, unfold in tantalizing pieces. A layered and fast-paced mystery with an ethical backbone."—Booklist

"The Kingdom is essentially Disney on steroids, and Rothenberg brings the idea of a place built on fantasy to its inevitable conclusion: what happens when those fantasies aren’t so nice, and at whose cost are those fantasies fulfilled?"—BCCB

Reviews from Goodreads

Jess Rothenberg

Jess Rothenberg is a writer and former editor of books for young readers, including the bestselling Vampire Academy series. Her first novel, The Catastrophic History of You & Me, has been published in more than a dozen countries. She lives in New York City with her husband and son. Visit her website to learn more.

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