Title: Landry Park
Author: Bethany Hagen
Series: Duology, Book 1
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Romance
Page Count: 375
Publisher: Dial Books an Imprint of Penguin
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 800
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Almost 1000 words for this review. Whew!
This book was an interesting one. On the one hand, I really really liked it. On the other hand, I’m getting really tired of higher up societies enslaving the poor. Granted, it’s a popular topic, and several books do a really good job of figuring out how they can get free, and create a new society. But I’m still getting tired of it.
The poor in this book isn’t referred to as ‘poor’ but rather they are called ‘the Rootless’. Landry Park is the mansion in which the main character, Madeline Landry, lives. She is the oldest child, as well as the only child, meaning that once she marries, she will inherit the estate. And while she loves her home with a fierce passion, she does not wish to run it. She wishes to go to university, and further her intelligence.
While initally, I liked Madeline as a character, towards the end of the book I disliked her. She falls for a guy named David Dana, who is part of a filthy rich family. Madeline’s father wishes for her to marry David so that they can make their family gain more money, as they are slowly dwindling towards debt. But Madeline doesn’t wish to marry. She wants freedom to go to school.
But then after meeting him at a party, she starts to like him. It helps she didn’t know who he was at first, because neither of them introduced themselves-they were both hiding out from the party, and David was smoking. The two of them converse, and then Cara, an old friend of Madeline who at first in the book is a bit of a hateful little bitch, eventually grows into a character that I really like.
The story progresses. There becomes a love triangle, after David goes off to the war, and Madeline attempts to find ways to help the Rootless, against her father’s wishes. She brings them food, money, and even donates blood at one point. But her efforts are too little, too late. The Rootless are slowly dying from various cancers due to radiation poisoning. Back during when America was a country of democracy, her great-grandfather had come up with idea to enslave the poor to working for what was known as ‘The Gentry’, and he created a whole new system of government. The upper class, and the Rootless, essentially. Actually, I rather hated Madeline’s great-grandfather. He was a bit of an egotistical ass, it felt like.
The story continues. David gets back from the war as a hero with his buddy Jack MacAvory. David debuted with her old friend Cara, and so of course she tells Jack that she has no relationship with him-even though her heart is breaking.
This is where I start to dislike Madeline a bit. While she’s good in wanting to help out the Rootless, and still help her family at the same time, the way she treated Jack really made me angry at her. As soon as she discovers that David didn’t really debute with Cara, and that he’s loved her all along, she starts to tell Jack that she’s sorry she’s lied, and that she wants David. David’s already informed him of the same thing, because the two are friends and don’t keep secrets from another. This is all after Jack’s already proposed marriage to her, of course, despite the fact that the two of them have only known each other for less than two weeks, Jack had fallen for her hard.
Madeline leaves him at the house, and goes of with David in his sleigh. This is all after she found her great-grandfather’s journals, and discovered several secrets that helped the Rootless cause, and so on and so forth. (I’m not giving away all the plot, after all.)
While I really enjoyed the story, I still wished that the love triangle thing hadn’t occurred. I also wish it didn’t leave things wide open for book two, the final part of the duology. Thankfully, however, book two is already out so it won’t be a problem for me to continue where the story leaves off…on a happy ending with everything unresolved. So that’s all there is of book one, and I definitely look forward to getting book two! I wonder if it’s going to be a ‘several months later’ kind of thing, or pick up right where it left off. I’ll let you know.
Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.