So, it's my turn on #TheKingdom
book tour today! Many thanks to the lovely people at @macmillankidsuk
for having me! My review is below, as are a few questions I'm curious to know the answes for from you!
Will you be picking this up/getting it for a young reader this summer? It's out now!
Review: This book is pretty successfully a lot of things - if you are looking for a YA fantasy novel with a brain, with social commentary running through it, this is the book for you. I would say this is a brilliant read for anyone in the intended age bracket and a brilliant introduction to many of the issues it contains. As an adult reader I did find the writing a little repetitive though. .
The Kingdom is a futuristic Disney World/Sea World gone mad on AI technology. This is the basic fact of this book and the author uses it well to explore the dark underside of a fairy tale - there are discussions in this book where the AI protagonist wonders at what point she is considered real in the human sense, whether technologically enhanced animals are natural, whether it is keeping people safe to hide the truth about the world from them. There is also a general thread considering the worth of women - the AI programme is solely female as the males were considered 'theatening' to humans, they are always in Disney princess style dresses and are taught to be meek, compliant and helpful... but what if they don't want to be?
All in all, this is an interesting read which manages to touch on areas of sexism, conservation and morality within a package of a YA fantasy adventure - I would imagine this will be a hit with young readers and that the film of this book would be incredible.
Questions I wondered about when reading this:
1 - Is it just me that expects Will Smith to turn up in anything involving AI because of that one time he was in iRobot?
2 - If you could use technology to bring back any extinct species, what would it be?
3 - If you could play a character in your favourite story for to day, which story and what character?
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