Discussion | Goodreads Monday #2

Hello, fellow readers! Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. I noticed last week when I link back to the original creator that their account doesn’t seem active. I want to continue to give them credit for this, but if someone knows a blogger who is currently hosting this, please let me know so I can give them credit.

 FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

So this book sounds terrifying because the way 2020 is currently going, this could very well happen during hurricane season.

Plot Synopsis:

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.”

Why I’m Excited to Read It:

I love a theme park setting for a horror story, so I feel like this book is bound to be a home run for me!

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