Landry Park

Landry Park

Book - 2013
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In a futuristic, fractured United States where the oppressed Rootless handle the raw nuclear material that powers the Gentry's lavish lifestyle, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry must choose between taking over her father's vast estate or rebelling against everything she has ever known, in the name of justice.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780803739482
Branch Call Number: FIC Hagen
Characteristics: 374 p.


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Feb 08, 2016

I am an unashamed fan of young adult fiction especially with some dystopia to boot. Some of the best writing is occurring in this genre if you ask me. I have a theory that in today's post politically correct environment many authors are afraid to write anything more offensive than the young adult genre but I digress It does not hurt that this novel is set in my home town of Kansas City in the year of our Lord 2300. I like the allegory that revolution is brewing in our country right now as we rebel against the Patriot Act, Nanny State, TSA, DHS, never ending wars George Orwell laid out in 1984, GMO's, Glyphosates, Monsanto and we could increase the list ad infinitum. Some day the people plugged into the Matrix of TV, Facebook, and video games will wake up to a world too intolerable and revolt.

Jun 23, 2015

I thought this book was pretty good. The characters don't really have a lot of personality, and the plot was pretty generic for a teen dystopian novel. However, I did enjoy watching Madeline change throughout the book as she gets a little more empathetic for the lower classes. Overall, its pretty interesting, if you enjoy the dystopian stuff.

May 15, 2015

The Eastern Empire owns the west coast of the US two hundred years in the future. What's left of the country is divided by social class. Madeline is heir to the most respected of the rich families, a bookish shy girl. This is where it gets hard to get into the book a bit, because it's frustrating how much she procrastinates. At the same time, her shyness is well written. Lots of cliche relationship types, but the last third of the book is pretty good (where everything is wrapped up of course).

JCLBeckyC Jan 17, 2015

BuzzFeed compares Landry Park to Gone with the Wind!

Jul 03, 2014

A dystopian set two hundred years in the future in a United States that is divided by class, and whose primary enemy is a super-powered China. While that part was believable enough, I had a hard time with the Downton Abbey-esque lifestyle of the super-rich; it just wasn't clear why the rich had chosen to revert to that time period. There were some good plot twists toward the end, though.

Apr 11, 2014

Excellent first novel for Bethany Hagen- I can't wait for the sequel! I was eagerly transported into a future world in Kansas City where the underclass "Rootless" supply the elite "Gentry" with their source of nuclear power and relationships are not what they seem. Madeline and her friends are forced to make difficult decisions that affect not only their own lives, but the future of their families and their world.

JCLKatyW Mar 20, 2014

Set in the future, where your class is determined by what kind of energy you can afford, Landry Park is an intriguing read that addresses what happens when the landed gentry become indifferent to the struggles of those poorer than themselves. Madeline, the main character, finds herself conflicted on whether to pursue the life at the university she has always wanted or assent to her parents wishes to marry and carry on the Landry name. This is all confused by David Dana, a gentry boy that gets Madeline to think about the gentry's attitude to the poor Rootless people who must pick up the nuclear charges from the gentry's homes. Landry Park was a pleasant surprise for me. I identified with Madeline and her desire to curl up in her room instead of dealing with all the high society nonsense. I also found the idea of class rank being dependent on the energy (wind, solar, nuclear) you can afford to be a very interesting premise, and one that I could see happening in real life. I'm curious to see where Bethany Hagen will take the next book in the series.

JCLJennyM Mar 13, 2014

A unique take on dystopian fiction, plus it takes place in Kansas City which is always awesome to read! Very fast paced read that alternates between spine tingling adventure and wonderful character development. I read this in one sitting and highly recommend!

JCLDianeH Feb 12, 2014

This is a must read for those who like dystopian novels. The future depicted seems extreme, but is all-too-possible in today's world with its sharp divide between the haves and have-nots. I look forward to the next installment.

LibraryK8 Feb 12, 2014

What an amazing debut author! It seems like so few books are set in Kansas City, it was wonderful to see glimpses of my city in the book, and think about what it would look like in the future. This book is sure to appeal to dystopia readers, but it also has a new flair to it with introduction of nuclear power. I can't wait for the second book!
(disclaimer: I live in KC so of course I am going to love the setting, and I work with Bethany...but that did not color my opinion of this wonderful book at all)

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LibraryK8 Feb 12, 2014

Madeline Landry is poised to take over as heir of Landry Park, the most influential property in Kansas City. Her family is crediting with saving the western world with the introduction of the Cherenkov lanterns that brought power and light to a world darkened by war. Madeline is expected to live up to her family's legacy by getting married and taking her place among the country's leaders. But Madeline dreams of going to college and getting an education.

The Landrys' lives are turned upside down when another upper-class girl is attacked at a party. She points the finger of blame at the Rootless, the lower class workers who dispose of radioactive waste (a slow death sentence). Madeline believes that her fellow debutante is not telling the whole truth and an entire social class is paying the price for her lie. Madeline is caught between doing what her father tells her is the right thing, letting it go, and following her conscience.


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Jul 03, 2014

Violence: One character is abused. There are also references to military violence toward the end.


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