Reviews of Dark Fiction

FANTASTICLAND by Mike Bockoven

If LORD OF THE FLIES was set in a flooded amusement park, it would be FANTASTICLAND.

I loved everything about this audiobook! Both of the narrators were excellent, which is good because each one of them voiced many characters throughout the tale. The story was told via a series of interviews that happened well after the fact. The reader is left to pull it all together in their mind. These narrators were so excellent, they sounded like entirely different people from interview to interview.

It’s very scary to think about today’s youth and/or young adults. They have to have something to amuse themselves every second of the day, it seems like. Cut off from phones and the internet, they are left with nothing to do and it turns out, there’s nothing scarier than a group of bored teens.

The story was excellent, the narrators were excellent and I cannot wait to read more from this author!

My highest recommendation!

*I bought this ebook AND the audiobook with my hard earned cash.* (less)

Fantasticland Book Cover Fantasticland
Mike Bockoven
Dark Fiction

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.

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