Landry Park [NOOK Book]


“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 ...
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“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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hagen’s debut has ambitious goals—forecasting a world reliant on nuclear power, commenting on social oppression, and delivering a romance filled with longing—but falls a little short. Madeline Landry, 17, is heir to the vast Landry Park estate in Kansas City, built by a revered ancestor, Jacob, who invented the “Cherenkov lantern” that now powers the world. A member of the privileged gentry, Madeline is subject to frequent teas, formal debuts, and a constant stream of suitors. Her father is a powerful figure whose main goal is keeping the lower-class Rootless under his thumb. Madeline resists all suitors until she meets dashing David Dana, who flirts shamelessly but escorts Madeline’s archrival to her debut. When Madeline isn’t suffocating in taffeta, she appears destined to become a courageous champion of the underclass, though she makes little progress in this trilogy opener. Despite the claim that the “boundaries of race and gender and religion fell away” in the establishment of this technologically advanced society, it’s unclear why attitudes toward women have regressed to mirror that of the 19th century. Ages 12–up. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (Feb.)
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"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


VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Walter Hogan
The cover blurb of Hagen’s debut novel describes the book’s contents as “Downtown Abbey meets The Selection.” Or, just as aptly, it could be Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games. In a near-future U.S., teenage Madeline is the sole heir to the wealthy and self-righteous leader of “the Gentry,” Alexander Landry. Like Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Landry Park is a lavish estate where wealthy landowners wine, dine, and arrange marriages. The Landrys descend from the scientist who invented a crucial method of harnessing nuclear energy to power homes and appliances, following the exhaustion of fossil fuels. Unfortunately, the mining and processing of the nuclear material is deadly to the Rootless, a vast underclass who labor in virtual slavery to supply the patrician Gentry with cheap energy. While planning her society debut and trying to choose between a pair of dreamy boyfriends, Madeline is gradually brought into contact with members of the forsaken Rootless. As the terrible cost of her privileged life is brought home to Madeline, readers of her first-person narration experience along with her the transition of an apparent utopia into a nightmarish dystopia. Although the novel follows a conventional historical-romance pattern of disrupting a costume drama with a proletarian revolution, there are a few distinctive features. The story is set in a future version of the author’s own Kansas City, where her familiarity with such features as the Missouri River and the Kansas City Zoo lends authenticity. The story concludes at a logical point, but sequels are likely. Reviewer: Walter Hogan; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—In a postapocalyptic United States, Madeline Landry, descendant of the scientist who developed nuclear-powered lanterns, enjoys a life of privilege, but she would rather attend university than be groomed for marriage and the eventual inheritance of the Landry estate. In this castelike society with a mishmash of Victorian/Regency/Edwardian norms, the 17-year-old's family is part of the gentry class that subjugates the lower-class Rootless to handle the nuclear-emitting light sources-a task that Madeline later discovers causes a slow and painful fate. The arrival of David Dana, a charming but secretive suitor, and a brutal attack on Cara, Madeline's lifelong frenemy, are the catalysts for not only the rich girl's rebellion but also the complete upheaval of the status quo. Hagen's debut is filled with luxurious language, swoon-worthy love interests, and exceptional world-building that doesn't bog down the narrative. While the novel's treatment of class is intriguing, the dismissal of race as a factor is problematic. While status, not ethnicity, determines acceptance in this stratified new order (several gentry members are people of color, and the protagonist is half-Latina), war with the Eastern Empire (Asian countries) is named as the primary cause of America's demise. The elite continue to vilify the Eastern Empire as much as the Rootless and are seen as a constant threat. Still, the cast of fully developed characters, pervasively sinister mood, and thrilling love story will keep readers turning the page, even if they'll be able to predict some plot twists before they occur. This first book in a trilogy will appeal to fans of Diana Peterfreund's Darkness Shows the Stars (HarperCollins, 2012) and Catherine Fisher's Incarceron (Dial, 2010).—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Regency romance sits uneasily in a dystopian throwback future. Poor little rich girl Madeline Landry wants to go to university before marrying and inheriting one of America's most important estates. Madeline's world is an odd amalgam of romantic notions of history and dark, postwar future. The western half of the United States fell years ago to "China and her allies," exotic faceless caricatures who smuggle "plum wine, opium, and jade" and who don't fight like "civilized armies" but are "brutal" when they "swarm." Meanwhile, the gentry's entire society rests on its enslavement of the Rootless, a diseased underclass responsible for maintaining the nuclear power invented by Madeline's own ancestor. From within the cozy confines of her silken prison, Madeline realizes that forcing children to dispose of spent uranium while providing only enough medical care for them to stay fertile is a little gauche. Along with a few interestingly complex secondary characters, Madeline learns about the caricatured evil underlying her luxuries. Will she be able to assuage her conscience by merely scattering largesse to the populace out of a sense of noblesse oblige, or will she be forced to make any actual sacrifices? Regency romances can combine well with science fiction (Lois McMaster Bujold's accessible adult novel A Civil Campaign (1999) does so brilliantly), but this awkward merger of the two will convince few. (Science fiction. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101594155
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 107,788
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2015


    Easy to read

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Refreshingly unique, Landry Park combines the historical and the

    Refreshingly unique, Landry Park combines the historical and the futuristic into a beguiling tale of romance, changing values, and rebellion. All Madeline ever wanted was to go to university rather than getting married and running the Landry estate. David Dana, bringing with him a realization of the oppression of the rootless, is about to change Madeline's life as well as her future ambitions. Enter Jude MacAvery to complicate matters even more and bring about a carefully crafted love triangle.

    The author skillfully places a typical Victorian romance in a dystopian futuristic setting. Think ball gowns, lady's maids and debutants in a world that is mainly run by nuclear power; a world which is divided into classes with the lowest class, the rootless, getting a very raw and dangerous deal.  

    The characters in Landry Park are well crafted and complex enough to make the book really interesting. Madeline, the main character, has a balanced variety of weaknesses and strengths to make her a truly realistic female lead. She struggles with her values and ambitions and must make choices despite her prejudiced gentry upbringing.

    David Dana, on the other hand, is a total enigma. Right up to the end I couldn't really decide whether he was a hero, a rebel, or simply a weakling. As for handsome, gallant Captain Jude MacAvery completely astonished me in the end. 

    Starting with an attack on Cara, one of the gentry’s girls, Landry Park is full of scenes of action, violence, tragedy and nail-biting suspense. Towards the end of the book several mysteries are cleared up while new mysteries are created which, hopefully, will be cleared up in the sequel. Suitable for readers of all ages, I highly recommend Landry Park as a beautiful tale of romance, human values, and a great deal to keep the reader's adrenalin flowing. (Ellen Fritz)

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    In the future, the United States is ruled by a class of gentry

    In the future, the United States is ruled by a class of gentry that live in the life of lavish and 'riches'. Madeline is a 17 year old Landry who wants nothing more but to attend University and get the privilege to learn, unfortunately the only thing her father wants is for her to get married. Being the oldest and the only Landry daughter, Madeline cannot escape her due over ruling one of the most largest, most respected, and the most influential estates.

    Until the night that her world is shaken up when a girl from her childhood is attacked and it's blamed on the Rootless - people with no roots and no laws that the Gentry have been enslaving for years to take out their nuclear charges from their electricity devices.

    As Madeline finds herself in the battle between everything that she known's and what she discovers, she finds herself unable to stay away from David and ends up discovering more then what she was ready for.

    Great story and an interesting concept of society reverting back to a time of classes, where marriage was an important thing for girls of some status, fancy gowns, lavishing debuts and balls. Yet taking strides at finding ways to light up their places with nuclear charges, which in turn holds a dark history and made a bunch of classless people their slaves.

    Bethany Hagen tells a great story that left me guessing until the very end, wanting to know the truth behind the mystery of the Landry bloodline and what had happened to the Rootless to place them in the world they are today.

    Yes there was romance, and I couldn't say that it's a triangle, but it left me kind of confused as a result. I really liked David and Madeline, I thought he questioned and challenged her beliefs a lot which in turn opened her eyes to a bigger picture.I don't know 100% how I felt about the way the romance was done. It was different, there was some holes and I didn't understand why it took so long to resolve. But like I said, different, which in turn is refreshing. There is also two other characters in the book that I cannot go deep into without giving it away, but the whole romance part I never seen coming. One was a bit surprising and I was confused since there had not been much hints in the book for the outcome, and the second has also left me with questions since Madeline seems to feel like she knows them but it is never revealed why or how.

    The book got bolder towards the end, with a shocking ending that left my jaw hanging. Once again, did not really feel that one coming, but was quiet interested. Almost all the actions happen in the end, but the book was well worth it for me! I am looking forward of discovering what happens to Madeline next.

    **I got a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Landry Park

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
    Book One of the Landry Park series
    Publisher: Dial
    Publication Date: February 4, 2014
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC provided for the blog tour

    Official Summary:

    In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won't allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty - her family and the estate she loves dearly - and desire.

    What I Liked:

    Oh, what a novel! I read this book in one shot, and I simply loved it. It's a mix of several genres, and I think the blend really works. I don't really know what I was expecting from this novel, but I was blown away with what I got! 

    Madeline is the sole heir of Landry Park - which means that she has to marry rich, she can't go to the university, and she doesn't get a say in, well, anything. Several eligible bachelors arrive, including one very handsome and charismatic David Dana. But everything seems to unravel after one fateful event - the attack of a gentry lady. The gentry believe that the Rootless are behind the attack - the Rootless being basically the poor class of people who deal with the nuclear radiation to power the lamps that saved the environment (designed by one Jacob Landry, Madeline really great grandfather).

    So, it seems like your typical dystopia novel - in which there are the "rulers" (the gentry, who are rich and powerful), and the "enslaved" (the Rootless, who are powerless and poor, but numerous and angry). There is an incident (the attack), and soon Madeline much choose.

    The thing about Madeline was that she already had preconceived notions about the Rootless. She felt sorry for them, and wasn't all that suckered to the gentry (even though she is one). The incident with the gentry lady (who happened to be a peer of Madeline's) piqued Madeline's curiosity, because Madeline didn't think it was the Rootless.

    Nevertheless, the Rootless were blamed, and sides had to be taken. Madeline learns key things about several people, including the Rootless themselves. I really liked watching Madeline grow as a character. She didn't become a full-out revolutionary, which I thought was authentic. She helped as best she could, while still being gentry. Hagen emphasized that Madeline (and other characters) are still human, still gentry, and still enjoy their rich, opulent lives.

    The plot of this book sounds straightforward, but it wasn't. I loved how Hagen kept twisting the story - both stories. The love story wasn't simple, and the revolution story wasn't that simple. Things weren't as predictable as they might seem on the surface.

    The romance. It makes me sad, but the romance isn't clear-cut. YES, this is a GOOD thing, but I was rooting for David and Madeline, and things just didn't go their way ALL THE TIME. The romance seems really doomed at first, but read until the end - things start to look up. I just *knew* Hagen couldn't do that to the characters or the readers. Or could she...

    Well, no matter, I hope that the series continues to be amazing! And the romance builds beautifully. I have a feeling that David and Madeline could be quite the couple, given the chance! I hope to see more of them in book two. And more of everything good I saw in this book! What a lovely start to a new series.

    What I Did Not Like:

    There wasn't much I didn't like - maybe just the romance. I could have sworn a love triangle was going to break out (in which I would have been extremely upset), but once I got to the end, I saw that that was not going to happen. Just read the entire book, don't jump to conclusions.

    I would have liked to see more interactions between David and Madeline. It seemed like they were always arguing to fighting or not speaking to each other. Maybe start the next book with their relationship taking a softer turn? But I can't complain too much.

    Would I Recommend It:

    I most certainly would! This is a really fantastic novel with blends of many different genres - futuristic, dystopian (sort of), romance. I love the world that Hagen has created, the characters, the story, and I cannot wait for more! This one doesn't have the most straightforward romance, so don't expect too much, but it has a wonderful story and creative worldbuilding. I recommend it to any YA lover!


    4 stars. You really do NOT want to miss this debut novel! I will definitely be looking out for the sequel.

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