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.

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