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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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Absurd...But awesome

This was one strange story- Performed in a 'mock interview' style, akin to 'World War Z' it was an attempt to piece together the events that happened at an amusement park that was cut off from society after a hurricane. When the rescue teams arrived they found carnage, and a place known for family fun was a complete warzone

I'm not going to bother with any particular details other than to say that it was absurd but totally fantastic, pretty well written and the performance by the narrators was some of the best I have ever heard- The Female narrator did an especially outstanding job in conveying emotion and creating different personas that were believable and so well 'acted' that it 'felt' like a real interview was being conducted.

I say this was absurd because it is- But not in a way that is unbelievable or way over the top. The fact is, I loved the story. My wife and I literally laughed at parts and cringed at others and felt emotion when it was merited...This book was made for audio, and I'm not sure how good it would have been in book form but the narration here was mind blowing, the story really draws you in and at the end you are left wanting more.

This is one of those books ill be able to listen to again and again- Which is rare for me even if I enjoy the story. I was reluctant to buy this tbh and this has quickly moved to one of my favorite audible titles.

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a scarily thoughtful illustration

This book is a series of 20-something interviews conducted by a journalist after a load of young adults go Lord of the Flies in a theme park after being trapped by a hurricane. The interviews are not only with survivors who were in the park but with management staff who left before the hurricane struck, the park's owner and some of the military and police who were first in there during the rescue.

Each 'interview' gives a wide view of what went on, with some overlap between some of the stories but overall it gives you a HUGE view of what went on from a variety of different perspectives. The beauty of this being that you get a whole range of different ideas as to why people would behave in this way - the story itself is pretty simple, the staff split off into groups when they realised they were trapped and then turned on each other. This book considers how little it would take to push even the most civilised human beings into killing each other off, given the right set of circumstances.

It has some moments of goriness, but this book is a scarily thoughtful illustration of that 'right set of circumstances' so you feel yourself being swept up in the panic and violence.

There aren't the words to do justice for the narration of this audiobook - Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels turn this already wonderful book into a performance to be remembered. Each 'interviewee' has their own distinctive voice and characterisation, bearing in mind there are more than 20 characters to be split between them - this is no mean feat.
You can really believe that these are all different people giving an account of their experiences, also making it easy to split into sections to listen to during commutes etc. (I totally didn't do that, I spent all of Sunday afternoon cleaning out kitchen cupboards just so I could keep listening to it).

I am so enthusiastic about this audio that I see myself recommending it to all my friends for weeks to come, not just forcing my other half to listen to some of the gorier bits.

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Disturbing... but in a thought provoking way

At first I thought I was gonna be turned off by the interview format but I have to say it worked. Wasn’t too gory so I really appreciated that part. Definitely enjoyed it

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Harrowing and unforgettable

This is one of those stories that will live on in my brain long after the voices in my earbuds have ceased. I hesitate to say I "enjoyed" it, as in a number of ways, it was not entertaining or enjoyable, though not by any fault of the storytelling or performances.

The performance of Angela Dawe in particular was at times so emotional and "real" that I had to turn off the book for a bit.

Anyhow, I say these things only to make sure you are prepared, as this is not an easy read. It isn't a fantastical work that you can distance yourself from with suspension of disbelief. I didn't exit having enjoyed the ride, thrilled but still feeling safe in the knowledge that monsters aren't real.

Instead I was reminded that they (potentially) exist all around. Something I wish I didn't have to remember.

While this story is obviously fiction, it doesn't feel like it. And that is the scariest thing of all.

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So happy I stumbled onto this

This was a great book, now one of my favorites. I love the style and the story. Everything was so unique. I will be reading more from this author.

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Brilliant!!!

This is the greatest book I've "read" in a long time. I listened to it at work and found myself stopping, mouth open, just listening to the horror. Brilliant writing especially in today's world with all the hurricanes going on. This took me back to my days working at a theme park which really enforced the creep factor. Everyone should read this book.

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great story and premise, but...

I’m halfway through listening to this book and I do really enjoy it. The interview style it’s written in is good and each interview adds more to the previous and keeps you captivated. Here comes the but. There are a few things that do really bother me.

One, as one reviewer mentioned, there are some issues with continuity. The one example is that there were no cell phones in the park, yet somehow someone recorded something on a cell phone. So, why did said person doing the recording not use that cell phone to alert the outside world once things really went down.

That issue I can deal with, but what I continually struggle with is that each interview is read by what sounds like the same person. If it’s an interview with a male, it’s read by some guy who just changes his voice slightly or adds a dialect or accent that you can easily see past. Same with the female interviews. Along with that, for what all went down in the park, I would assume there’d be more emotion. I don’t mind some of the erratic-ness but they lack emotion on most accounts. I get these narrators aren’t actors but come on. I listened to Alien: Out of the Shadows and that was done as a screenplay style, narrated by multiple people and they did a pretty good job of conveying emotion, but I digress.

The narrators must build context and imagery so I understand why they go off on tangents but every interview is like that. And then they bring light to it by saying something like, “sorry for that tangent” or “I’m telling you this because”. Gets kind of annoying. Just say what you need to and that’s it. It’s not a tangent if it’s part of what you’re trying to convey.

I guess finally would be that some of the interviewees just say too much. Not in their account of the events but they just give details that aren’t very relevant or in a normal interview, a person just wouldn’t say. Like a guy who was a tourist and got out in time mentions about how him and wife are closer now and “screw” all the the time. Really? Would anyone really need to say that in an interview? Like I said, building context, but annoying.

Overall, I like the book and would recommend it. I can deal with the narrating, or lack there of. The story is interesting and keeps you wanting more.

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  • diane
  • NEW WATERFORD, OH, United States
  • 12-09-17

Fantastic. Land.

Lord of the Flies meets today’s young people! Awesome book. Kept me interested to the end.

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FYI I wish I would've known it's like a news story

This book is written in separate interview style. It's told by the different characters, who speak like real people,(some with ADD). If I knew it was written in this way I would've second guessed getting it. It's not a bad story, it's just nothing like I was wanting.

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  • sharon wharton
  • 09-30-17

fantastic!

i really enjoyed this book! i couldnt stop listening i needed to hear everyones stories from fantastic land! i was so realistic and pulls you right smack bang i the middle of it all... loved the narration too as this made it even more believeble! one of the best books ive purchased in a long time!