I genuinely can’t help but wonder if Owen actually died or if it’s just part of the game…regardless, I was crazy excited when I saw The Kingdom for the first time and I knew immediately that I needed to get my hands on a copy. I don’t know about you, but I have always been fascinated with this idea of AI having emotions.
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.
Do you have any interest in reading The Kingdom? What stands out to you the most? What are your thoughts on the murder trial within a virtual reality game? Let me know in the comments!