FantasticLand

3.14
Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been 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 day later, the government 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 ould 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 uthenticity of the FantasticLand experience. Cut off from the world and left on their own, the teen soon form rival tribes who viciously compete for food, medicine, social dominance, and quite 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 repercussion of a social civilization built online.
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272
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FantasticLand
Publication Date
Published October 11th 2016 by Skyhorse

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My thoughts in a nutshell This book sucks.

It ha a recommendation and I decided to ead it immediately because the blurb is so intriguing.

It wil have een a 5 stars read.The story is about…Skip over this point if you do n't like the sneak peek.

They ave a single task; stay in the shelter and wait until the storm ends and then take care of the park.

The kids turned into murderers and they began to kill each other.

I hated it when they screamed or cried when they 've read story for me.

The kids become murderers in a couple of ours.

I swear it has no fucking reason for all of his violence.

And it hurts me so much.In my view, if a bunch of people stuck in somewhere for about a onth, they ca g together and try to survive.

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4.5 I-dunno-what-I-just-read-but-I'm-pretty-sure-I-loved-it stars for the audiobook version narrated by all-stars Luke Daniels and Angela Dawe.I was hooked right from the last chapter of FantasticLand.

Author Mike Bockoven has written this in such a nuance way with gritty details that it definitel reads like a compelling real-life documentary.

While I 've always read and watched more graphic violence than is portrayed in his retellin, the implicatio that this feels so real will leave you feeling more unsettled than you xpect.

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Like the blurb warn, his tale is a modern-day.

What happened in FantasticLand during the thirty-five days dubbed “ The Battle of the Tribes. ”

is he tale of what transpire, told in interview format by the survivors.

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You 'd be amazed how quickly rumors can grow and get out of hand when kids do n't ave the constant distraction of their phones to check every twelve seconds.I do n't believe what his says about me, and I 'm dam sure I do n't forget to understand, but I LOVE books about people behaving badly in the face of a crisis.

There 's just something so enticing about the act that the times we woul all be working together are the times we 're most likely to recognize that it 's every woma for himself.

hat helps enforce the fact that NO ONE is in charge, and after the storm passes, the super-disgruntled park staff emerge from the earth, and split into warring factions hoarding food, and defending their own areas of the park.

Time passes, and the cavalry does n't show.

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He assembles the accounts of what went so horribly wrong through interviews with subjects ranging from a 'FantasticLand historian' to many survivors, to the infamous leader of the Pirate tribe.My biggest problem with the nove as that I simply found myself thinking there has to e some supernatural stuff coming up.

adly, thi as ever the case.I could n't help but hink that in situation like this, where this group of people are left stranded somewhere for a ong time, the rationa thing to do is stay together, then find shelter, food and water.

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i was ready to accep anothe one five stars just on premise alone: a massive hurricane in florida isolates an amusement park full of workers entrusted with keeping an eye on things after the customers have been evacuated, and despite having plenty of food, water, medical supplies and shelter, once they are ambushed by the national guard a month later, the place is destroyed, many have died, the victim are injured, and on top of the staggering property damage, there re also corpses hanging from wires, heads on spikes, tales of spectacle-murders, cannibalism, and the warriors-style themed-gang affiliations and epic battles that led to all this violent devastation.this is my ind of awesome.it 's told as a series of interviews from survivors, rescuers, people evacuated before it all cam down, lawyers, the park 's owner, etc.

it 's fascinatin, wonderfully gory, and as awful as it appear on the surface- that people would deteriorate into Lord of the Flies lawlessness in under a month- given the circumstances, the participants, the scalation, the nove does a excellen job aking it seem like something that ould totally happen.

despite how violent it is, i kno there 's crossover appeal for teen readers.

( view spoiler) [ he book 's stance on rape is odd.

it 's mentioned, and there are assumptions, because the pirates are grabbing girls from other groups and taking them back to their lair, but while they are totally okay with killing people, the pirate leader does not condone rape, however, his reasons are only because of stds and babies.

and just how long did they hink they were oing to be rapped in this amusement park, where that would hav a concern?

you may eve know to write rape, and i applaud you for hat, but you have to ive a better reason for its absence, because there 's no way it would n't have been happening once dismemberment and decapitation were on the activity-board.

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They lose power and suddenly everyone joins a tribe and starts killing.

They are putting heads on pikes within days of the storm!

there was just to much material ....) So, read the nove for the killyness and bloody fun, but then g on Google and check out the Florida crime memes.

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