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FantasticLand Audiobook

FantasticLand: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been the theme park where "Fun is Guaranteed!" But when a hurricane ravages the Florida coast and isolates the park, the employees find it anything but fun. Five weeks later, the authorities who rescue the survivors encounter a scene of horror. Photos soon emerge online of heads on spikes outside of rides and viscera and human bones littering the gift shops, breaking records for hits, views, likes, clicks, and shares. How could a group of survivors, mostly teenagers, commit such terrible acts?

Presented as a fact-finding investigation and a series of first-person interviews, FantasticLand pieces together the grisly series of events. Park policy was that the mostly college-aged employees surrender their electronic devices to preserve the authenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teenagers soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and even human flesh. This new social network divides the ravaged dreamland into territories ruled by the Pirates, the ShopGirls, the Freaks, and the Mole People. If meticulously curated online personas can replace private identities, what takes over when those constructs are lost?

FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online.

©2016 Mike Bockoven (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • H CG
    UT, United States
    24/09/17
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    "Not for me"

    This story was not great with developing believable characters and the progression of events seemed ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    Austin, TX, United States
    19/09/17
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    "Fantastic Land"

    Awful. Don't waist your time. Very, very bad. Not really a story. Reporter asking survivors of hurricane their role. The entire time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey veals
    16/09/17
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    "Human Nature is One Scary Concept"
    If you could sum up FantasticLand in three words, what would they be?

    Horrifying, Philosophical, and Intense. Obviously, this book is going to be messed up based on the synopsis, so the horrifying part is obvious. Also, the intense part of the three words is apparent, because it is one of those books that will stress you out. I put philosophical on the list, because I think this book poses a very important question/opinion on human nature. Are we inherently violent? Will we gravitate to our most comfortable area and then fight anyone who tries to come near...possibly kill? Is evil inherent in every single human being that walks this Earth?


    What other book might you compare FantasticLand to and why?

    I'm going to say that it has the writing style of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars. It's not exactly the same, but that's the closest I'd compare it to. Also, Lord of the Flies is what I think most are going to compare this to, although I think that its modern twist makes it add an additional concept to the whole us vs. them aspect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the scenes are relayed scenes, but I guess that doesn't matter. My favorite relayed scene, however, would probably be the character who was in the hotel by himself and attacked by the pig-mask wearing guy and girl. That was a truly terrifying image.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I hate this question, to be honest, because I never have a good answer; however, I will try.... Fantasticland... A Magical Theme Park Turned On Its Severed Head...


    Any additional comments?

    I mentioned this before, but I'm going to reiterate it: I want to warn people who start this book that it is basically a story told from different perspectives in the future. While there is no direct story arc, I will say that this book flowed MUCH better than even World War Z. On a different note, this is going to be one of those books that you may feel copied Lord of the Flies, but I really think it has a significant difference. And, LOTF does not have a monopoly on violence and human nature.

    I do want to say this. When I think about other books that I've given a 4-rating, I think that this one isn't on the same level as most of them. Honestly, this book deserves a 3 1/2 star rating, but that isn't an option. I don't want to discourage anyone from reading, because it is a stellar book. That is why I couldn't give it a 3 and have people not go for it; unfortunately, I can't just give it a 4 and feel complacent about it by eluding to the fact that its not the same level as other 4-rated books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/09/17
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    "wow"

    I couldn't believe how good this book was. I have told everyone I know they need to read it or listen to this. I listen mostly on my way to and from work and it left me wishing my drive was longer so I could hear more. If you like disaster stories meets Lord of the flies you will love this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cee
    Arizona
    29/08/17
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    "Totally Believable"

    I listened to this audio book during the 2017 Texas Hurricane, Harvey, so to say it felt accurate and extra haunting is an understatement.
    This story is told in a documentary style, a reporter shares with us the thoughts and commentary of survivors that stayed in a Florida theme park to care for it after the storm hit. It has a 'Lord Of The Flies' feel, but ... not. Tragic survivors that overreact to their situation in every wrong way possible.
    It's very well written and the reason I'd chosen it was because my favorite narrator, Luke Daniels, narrates it. He does an amazing job giving each character their own personal voice, as the writer had given them specifically written personalities. This book is very engaging, supremely eerie, absolutely gross, completely realistic, utterly plausible, and held my attention enough that I listened to the entire book in one sitting. Then I listened to it again the following day.

    Two thumbs up, 5 Stars, 10 out of 10, Highly recommend.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Regina
    24/08/17
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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    The format of this book was interesting. The POV from several characters added to the feeling of disconnect in the story line but it still flowed perfectly.
    I can't wait to see what the author writes next!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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