**Originally reviewed on MetalPhantasmReads**
I read this as an ARC from NetGalley and I read this within 24 hours which rarely happens with my reading. This theme park in the future is glorious with the castle, observatory, hybrid creatures and also the seven princesses. We follow Ana as we lead up to a murder and if she actually did it or not. The story is told in interviews, court trial, a princess app and normal prose as well. I LOVE this book and it's my favorite book so far this year. The author creates a story that blends science fiction, fantasy and also a mystery/thriller that had me gripped from page one. I loved seeing how The Kingdom works and its dark secrets. The darker subject matter is approached respectfully and while it can get a bit gory at times, it never felt like it was for shock value. This book asks questions of what it means to be human and A.I. beings have the right to think and feel. Ana is a sympathetic character as she tries to figure something out that she's not programmed to do. If you're looking for something new, pick this book up! It's truly a fantastic and satisfying standalone.
An exciting and thought-provoking Young Adult novel. * Juno * The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg is a revelation. It's uniqueness and ingenuity absolutely blew me away. I cannot recommend this clever, chilling and stunning novel enough. -- Midnight Book Girl Disney on steroids... a surefire discussion starter about desire and power. * Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books *
A half-android, half-human girl is accused of murder in this tautly-paced YA thriller told through fragmented flashbacks and court testimony, set in a futuristic fantasy theme park.