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FantasticLand: A Novel de Mike Bockoven

FantasticLand: A Novel (edição: 2018)

de Mike Bockoven (Autor)

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"FantasticLand is a modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online"--
Título:FantasticLand: A Novel
Autores:Mike Bockoven (Autor)
Informação:Skyhorse (2018), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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FantasticLand de Mike Bockoven


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I have to imagine that other reviewers are people that either have not read very much, or just read bad books. I can't for the life of me understand much else for why there are so many positive reviews for this book out there.

The marketing on the back cover may have shot themselves in the foot for saying that it blends Lord of the Flies and Battle Royale together. Honestly, that should have been a giant red flag for me, but I ignored it. I really wanted this to be either of those books. What I found, however, was neither. FantasticLand has none of the emotional buy in from either LotF no BR. In fact I'm fairly sure I've read a technical manual that had more emotional buy-in than this. Golding's classic destroys it in every sense, it doesn't even deserve a comparison.

Invoking Battle Royale, a cult classic and thoroughly gorey novel, might have been closer to the mark? But while BR was able to evoke some sort of feeling for the students on their little private government-sanctioned school-kid murder-fest island in the Sea of Japan, FL fails to force an emotional buy-in for a Disney-like theme park in Florida filled with horny teenagers. Think about that.

This is way too much effort to simply say, this book is not good. There are much much better out there. ( )
  murfman | Sep 21, 2021 |
I really, really enjoyed this book. The setting of an amusement park is excellent. Amusement parks are supposed to be full of happy memories, of good experiences, of cute moments with your kids. It is not supposed to be death and violence. Like thousands, probably millions, of others, I worked at an amusement park when I was younger; that made the destruction happening here a bit more real.

FantasticLand is an amusement park in Florida located north of that other amusement park there. A hurricane of all hurricanes swings by and luckily isolates the park more than destroying it. It shouldn't be a big deal, but it ends up being one for the few hundred employees who stayed behind explicitly to watch and care for the park after a hurricane. They have food and water that will last for weeks but the isolation gets to them. Before too long, they are separated into tribes and simply trying to survive against all the other tribes.

The book can easily be compared to LORD OF THE FILES in that the idea of kids stranded away from civilization need to govern themselves and instead end up killing each other. FANTASTICLAND is much more engaging though. There are so many points to pull a reader in: which tribe do you identify with? where would you have done things differently? who was right and who was wrong? The story is told from the perspective of multiple interviews: a reporter is interviewing many people involved for a book detailing the entire event. I found this very engaging. I was able to see the different scenes from different points of view. I was able to decide where I would want to be, no, now where I would want to be. And most importantly it let me feel the pain of different people from all over. One chapter would be how scared a group of people would be and the next chapter would tell why the other group was being scary. Very highly recommended! ( )
  dagon12 | Jul 30, 2021 |
Clearly the reviews show there are people who enjoy this book; I was not one of them. If you enjoy a meandering diatribe about the dangers of young people not being able to stay sane without their phones, spread out across an entire 10 plot points that somehow manage to fill hundreds of pages narrated by unremarkable characters retelling their accounts of being perpetrator or victim of male power fantasies where actions have minimal consequences, then this is the book for you. The best (and only positive) thing I can say is that some of the characters have somewhat distinct voices during their interviews.

This work is not one that will keep you engaged, be a fun experience, or make you think. It's not a novel where you will fall in love with any character or love to hate an antagonist or anti-hero. It's not one based on a concept or placed in a setting that will keep you enthralled despite the flat, disappointing writing. The book promises a lot, and in my opinion, ultimately fails to deliver a single thing; it simply doesn't check a single box for me. I'd very confidently tell anyone that it's a piece they should comfortably put off reading if they had literally any other option for reading material, including the ingredients lists on their favorite cereals. ( )
1 vote gearStitch | Apr 8, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I borrowed this audiobook through Audible Plus.

Audiobook Quality (5/5): This was incredibly well done as an audiobook. The interviews sound genuine and the two narrators do an amazing job. I would definitely recommend listening to this if you can rather than reading in paper format.

Story (5/5): This book has a super campy sounding premise but was really, really well done. The horrible events that happen in this theme park are revealed to the reader through a series of interviews. This is kind of like watching a train-wreck...you just can't look away. There are also some interesting themes that comment on social media, the state of society, how people react in a crisis, and young adults in the world today. Then there is a super creepy mystery within the larger mystery.

Characters (5/5): Although this isn’t really a character driven story, I really loved all the different characters we hear interviews from in this book. They all seem completely real and the psychological effects of what they’ve been through are intriguing. The abrupt descent of these teens and young adults from normal members of society into violence and chaos is just mesmerizing.

Setting (5/5): This has got to be one of the creepiest and campiest settings for a book I have ever read. These kids are literally trapped in a place that is built to feel like its own world. I mean a ravaged and abandoned amusement park is pretty creepy no matter what, but this was just really engrossing. You can picture what these characters went through perfectly through their interviews.

Writing Style (5/5): This was creatively put together and pretty much perfect. The interviews we read slowly reveal the progression of events in FantasticLand and the different perspectives of similar events are intriguing. Just when you think you are starting to think you have things maybe, kind of, figured out...the mystery of the two people in warthog masks is thrown in. Man, let me tell you I am still creeped out by those parts of the book even though I know it’s just a story...I think.

My Summary (5/5): Overall I just loved this little book, it was weird, different, incredibly engaging and left me just a bit freaked out. If you are looking for something creepy and different (and don’t mind a bit of explicit violence) I would definitely recommend. This is one of those strange little gems that I won’t soon forget. I had trouble stopping listening to this and just remain absolutely fascinated by this story. ( )
  krau0098 | Nov 19, 2020 |
Best fake news ever. Hurricane Sade rips through Florida leaving a path of destruction. Fantastic Land!, an amusement park, is in the way of the storm. The park is evacuated except for those who volunteer to stay behind in the bunkers to help restore the park after the storm. Many stay, as the pay is good and for the most part, there is no work needing to be done. The bunker s are secure and well stocked.

After the storm passes employees move outdoors. Adult supervision has failed, and after an employee is severely injured and mercy killed, groups form for protection, and that escalates into fighting and death, and heads on pikes. It is told in the same fashion as World War Z. The events are established as fact at the beginning of the story with news reports and other documentation. Park employees provide the story through interviews, after the fact, piecing together the story of how normal young adults turned into a system of tribes where violence, killing, and scavenging becoming the norm. The story is an exciting mash of The Warriors and Lord of the Flies. Well done. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
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