FantasticLand: A Novel

FantasticLand: A Novel

by Mike Bockoven


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A modern take on Lord of the Flies meets Battle Royale that probes the consequences of a social civilization built online.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510737884
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 373,747
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mike Bockoven writes thriller/horror novels while his kids are in gymnastics class or at piano lessons. He lives with his wife, Sarah, two daughters, Emaline and Tessa and an exceptionally dumb wiener dog names Sherlock. You can find him at his website,, on Facebook ( and on Twitter @mikebockoven. He lives in Grand Island, Nebraska.

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FantasticLand: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
WOW! the best book I've read in a long time. So many interesting issues. I don't like Disney world type of entertainment parks, so that setting is not what attracted me to read this book; yet that setting and structure worked well for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was completely enthralled with this book from the beginning!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenful
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Told through a series of "interviews," much like "World War Z." The format gave the opportunity to see the cause, conduct, & aftermath of the fictional situation from various character viewpoints. The depiction of how much people rely on technology, particularly social media, & how disassociated they get without that connection, really hits home. The reader is left wondering how she or he would react if put in the same situation. We all want to believe that we would rise to the occasion as a leader & hero, but when disaster strikes, most emerge as a follower, victim, straight out villain, the heroes Dee & far between. This story puts the reader in a kill it be killed scenario, & makes it relatable to how the everyday John & Jane could spiral so far beyond who they normally are--decent individuals. I highly recommend it for a classroom or a book club setting. A very intense & thought provoking read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfectly constructed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It had me from the first interview. It is a must read for all you social media junkies. I am so glad i bought this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenceful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But it did keep my attention. This book is basically told as a reporter's interview of survivors of a natural disaster. It is a creative avenue of book writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner. I am waiting for the movie to come out!
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224perweek More than 1 year ago
Creepy!!! Cross between Lord of the Flies and Michael Grant's Gone series.