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Landry Park

by Bethany Hagen

Dial | February 4, 2014 | Hardcover

Landry Park is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
“Downton Abbey” meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

Sixteen-year-old Madeline Landry is practically Gentry royalty. Her ancestor developed the nuclear energy that has replaced electricity, and her parents exemplify the glamour of the upper class. As for Madeline, she would much rather read a book than attend yet another debutante ball. But when she learns about the devastating impact the Gentry lifestyle—her lifestyle—is having on those less fortunate, her whole world is turned upside down.  As Madeline begins to question everything she has been told, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana, who seems to be hiding secrets of his own. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty—her family and the estate she loves dearly—and desire.

Fans of Ally Condie, Kiera Cass, Veronica Roth, and even Jane Austen will be enthralled by this breathtaking read.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.57 × 5.74 × 1.29 in

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Dial

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803739486

ISBN - 13: 9780803739482

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but could have been better! Madeline is your beautiful, wealthy gentry girl poised to inherit Landry Park. But when she stumbles upon a plot that will unravel all the secrets that her family has hidden from her, she realizes she must find the strength within to go against them or to be by their side. Landry Park is an intricate and beautifully written novel set in the far future where the Rootless perish and the Gentry flourish. I liked Madeline’s character. She’s not perfect, she knows she’s weak, and in time she grows out of it. I like that she stands up for what she wants even though her family imprisons her. I didn’t understand her attraction to David though. It felt too much like a crush..Even though there were two boys vying for her affection, I didn’t understand Jude’s place and that bothered me. The twists and turns in the far end did make this book better, but I just wish all the world building was placed in the beginning. I did enjoy the fluid writing style and reminded me of Darkness Shows the Stars too. I had some issues with this one. Where was the history of all the energy uses? It was only a sprinkling of how it happened. A better timeline of how the world would have helped me so much. I was scrambling to find out what year it was set in. One main point I missed was the plot. Was trying to find who hurt Cara the entire story? Or was it Madeline trying to get out of her family’s legacy? Because I felt lost as to what the main story was. Why were the Rootless taken to be the lowest caste? What did the Rootless do to deserve such treatment? What did they do that was so badly? I needed answers about this war. Why did the Eastern Empire want to take over? I also don’t understand why there was so much emphasis on the balls and her society life. So I’m guessing this is why it’s being compared to The Selection? Also just a warning, that things start to get interesting at around the first hundred pages. Overall, a good enough dystopian read if you like love triangles, ball gowns, and a family conspiracy are your thing, then this one is for you!
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books Landry Park was definitely not what I was expecting. Nowadays, when someone thinks of a Dystopian genre, they think along the lines of The Hunger Games or Divergent. Hagen's dystopian society was built off of a class system, with the Gentry being at the top and the Rootless being at the bottom. While the society wasn't perfect by any means, the reader only has glimpses into the underbelly of the poorer side of life in Kansas City, focusing more on Madeline Landry's privileged life as a Gentry, filled with lavish gowns, balls, food and an aristocratic upbringing. As Madeline progresses throughout the story, witnessing more and more of how poorly treated the Rootless are at the hands of her father, she begins to question everything she thought she knew. I really loved the world building in Landry Park. Hagen consistently built upon her world throughout the entire novel, and it really brought me further into the story and the life that Madeline had lived up until this point. Hagen created a life and legacy out of Landry Park, the home Madeline has grown up idolizing. The ideals and values placed upon the house and the future heir were incredibly difficult to deal with as a reader, because it meant Madeline struggled with defining who she was outside of Landry Park.  And that's where the love interest, David Dana comes in. I had some real problems with David throughout the book. He frustrated me and bugged me off, and I felt no connection between him and Madeline. I'm disappointed in the love story aspect of Landry Park because I like swoony scenes and kisses. Another thing that frustrated me was that I figured out the secrets in the book way before Madeline and it just frustrated me that this supposedly really smart girl couldn't see what was very obvious. Aside from that, Landry Park was an incredibly interesting story about a society in turmoil, a class system that was being held up by some incredibly poor moral's, and a girl who was struggling between having a "comfortable life and a comfortable conscience" (p.363 of the arc). Overall, I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2014-01-31

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Landry Park

by Bethany Hagen

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 8.57 × 5.74 × 1.29 in

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Dial

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0803739486

ISBN - 13: 9780803739482

From the Publisher

“Downton Abbey” meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

Sixteen-year-old Madeline Landry is practically Gentry royalty. Her ancestor developed the nuclear energy that has replaced electricity, and her parents exemplify the glamour of the upper class. As for Madeline, she would much rather read a book than attend yet another debutante ball. But when she learns about the devastating impact the Gentry lifestyle—her lifestyle—is having on those less fortunate, her whole world is turned upside down.  As Madeline begins to question everything she has been told, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana, who seems to be hiding secrets of his own. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty—her family and the estate she loves dearly—and desire.

Fans of Ally Condie, Kiera Cass, Veronica Roth, and even Jane Austen will be enthralled by this breathtaking read.

About the Author

Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City. She grew up reading Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, and all things King Arthur, and went on to become a librarian. Landry Park is her debut novel.

Editorial Reviews

"Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games." - VOYA

"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


 
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