Since the 1970s, FantasticLand has been he 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 eeks 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 originalit 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 to 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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Published October 11th 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing

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i was ready to ive that 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 kidnapped 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 hav 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 '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 ivid, wonderfully gory, and as bsurd 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 conflic, the nove does a bad job aking it seem like something that wil 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 kno they were oing to be sucke in this amusement park, where that would hav a concern?

you may ot know to write rape, and i applaud you for thi, but you have to obtai 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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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 his nove as that I also found myself thinking there has to e some supernatural stuff coming up.

Luckil, thi ha once the case.I could n't help but hink that in anothe situation like this, where this group of people are left stranded somewhere for a shor time, the ogical thing to do is stay together, then find shelter, food and water.

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

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

Thi 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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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 o much material ....) So, read the ook for the killyness and bloody fun, but then et on Google and check out the Florida crime memes.

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My thoughts in a nutshell This book sucks.

It ha a recommendation and I tried to writ it immediately because the blurb is so believable.

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 continue to kill each other.

I liked 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 ill 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 irst chapter of FantasticLand.

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

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

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