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Landry Park Hardcover – February 4, 2014
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"A mélange of sci-fi inventions, well-written characters, and classic literary allusions." - The Christian Science Monitor
"This is a terrific mash-up of a Regency period romance with a dystopian tale that will intrigue teen readers, and introduce some important questions about the structure of modern society." - School Library Journal
"Hagen’s debut is filled with luxurious language, swoon-worthy love interests, and exceptional world-building...this first book in a trilogy will appeal to fans of Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars and Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron." - School Library Journal
"Heated debates and similarly heated kisses fuel Madeline and David’s will-they/won’t-they relationship, tempering the social commentary with a bit of romantic drama." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Top Customer Reviews
Madeline Landry is born into a life of unbelievable luxury. A life of old-world charm akin to the Southern pre-civil war, where marriages are arranged based on bloodlines and the fortunate few exist in a vortex of opulence.
On the other side of the fence are the Rootless, those whose ancestors fought against the class system in a centuries-old war, and are now made to handle the dangerous radioactive waste that powers the homes of the privileged.
When Madeline--sole heiress of LANDRY PARK, the grand estate built by her great grandfather, the inventor of the nuclear-powered device--meets David Dana, a wealthy suitor from her own class, the two become involved in the lives of some of the subjugated Rootless. Soon, Madeline's eyes are opened to Rootless' horrific lives of abject poverty and early death.
Though Madeline and David quickly form feelings for each other, she is devastated when he becomes attached to her long-time frenemy, instead of her. When Madeline discovers David is helping the Rootless, she is torn between the life she knows and what her heart tells her is right.
I absolutely loved this book. The delicious descriptions of Madeline's rich world contrasted beautifully with the horror of the Rootless. I also loved how Madeline's conflicted feelings for David mirror her choices to leave everything she's known and loved behind, and step out of her comfort zone. It was so refreshing and real to see a main character who is--at first--reluctant to choose between what is right and what is safe.
It’s more like a dystopia/science fiction version of Diamonds and Deceit, but without the addicting page-turner-ness.
What I liked best about Landry Park was the new-Victorian era and reversion to status that is created in a futuristic setting.
Madeline Landry’s family is at the very top of society because Madeline’s grandfather invented a power source that has replaced all other sources, after all the wars, etc.
As a heroine, Madeline is not my favorite. She’s the classic “I like books not people” type of character who behind being shy and quiet has a blah personality. I wanted to like her, but I never saw her do anything that made me think “wow, this girl is spunky/funny/interesting.”
Also, the love situation. Ugh. It was drawn out and dramatic for no reason. I wasn’t feeling it at all.
Then there’s the whole storyline. I’m sorry, but I’ve just been there, done this before. It’s like every other dystopia just with a different, more fancy dress setting. “Oh, my society is hiding things from me! I should rebel, right? Right!”
As you can tell, I wasn’t overly thrilled with this book. Although the pace was good and the story filled with surprises and twists, I found myself distanced. I just didn’t feel very much reading Landry Park.
If a book setting can make or break it for you, then this novel’s faults can be overcome for you. As for me, the watery personality heroine and the ridiculous romance wasn’t enough to make me recommend Landry Park to fellow readers.
I'm really into this genre. I blame Hunger Games. This book while being from the same genre has a different flavor than Hunger Games and Divergent. I found this book both engaging and fast paced. I've preordered the sequel.
1. It's a FUTURISTIC REGENCY. Yep-- you read that right. Downright fascinating, no? Landry Park takes place a little over 200 years in the future, but with a caste system with strong roots in the early 1900s. It was so fascinating to read so many regency elements mixed with both technology we know now and futuristic technology. It was a delightful mix, and I would've loved it just for those elements alone.
2. You know how it is-- one man's utopia is another man's dystopia. We've all read plenty of dystopias where the main character is oppressed by the government, and they fight against it. One of the unique things about Landry Park is that the main character, Madeline, is on the utopian side of the fence. She lives at Landry Park-- the most elegant estate in the nation. And she is the daughter of the most powerful man in the country, and the sole heir to Landry Park and all the power that comes with it. And no, it doesn't make Madeline's character any less likeable at all. In fact, her character arc is incredible.
3. Nuclear power, along with radiation and its effects are a big factor in this world. This is a smart book with lots of science that is explained exactly enough to let you truly enjoy the story. The intricacies of this power source introduces some great conflict in the story, and does it in a way that feels like it could actually happen.
This was a well plotted, well executed book that grabs you from the start and pulls you along every step of the way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm on page 132. All I can say is, this is one of the best books I've read in a very long time. Is there a movie on this, because this should definitely be on film!Published 8 days ago by Alexus
This was a well-written, enjoyable book. I'm iffy about parts of it but the ending was definitely promising. It's similar to THE WINNER'S CURSE, but with a different tone.Published 16 days ago by Kira Budge
So on the one hand I thought the world was lazy. On the other hand I ended up really liking the story itself. I’m not necessarily in the middle of this. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Donna C
I was sucked in immediately! The only problem that I have with this book is David! I don't like him & I'm not sure I ever will. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great world building. It did a good job of showing a girl realizing the world is a bigger place than her drawing room. The climactic scene at the end is vivid and tangible.Published 5 months ago by Jessica
There isn't much to say that hasn't already been said by other, more lengthy reviews. I just really enjoyed this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laura
Bethany Hagen's Landry Park has left me with so many emotions, that it is hard for me to explain why I am rating this book with 3 stars or why I decided to pick up the sequel from... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gizmos Reviews
I was pulled in for the first two chapters and by then i had expected to feel for or at least LIKE one of the characters i had been introduced to. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer