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Landry Park

(Landry Park #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  3,886 ratings  ·  584 reviews
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Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

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 Lan
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Dial
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Feb 03, 2013 marked it as not-yet-released
Shelves: soon
I keep reading the title as Laundry Park.
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“How long do you think you can live like this? How long can you dance and twirl in pretty dresses knowing that people are starving and dying?”
“I guess I try not to think about it,” I said in a small voice.
This book was not terrible, but the main character is frilly, the plot itself is fluffy, and the overall attitude of the book feels contrived and insincere.

It's like...Ivanka Trump. Daughter of millionaire/billionaire (depending on how the market is performing) Donald Trump. A nice enough w
Emily May
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it

What a pleasant surprise! I didn't realise I'd added Landry Park to my mental list entitled "just another dystopia" until it managed to completely prove me wrong. My first thought after finishing this book is that it's probably more suited to fans of historical fiction than the typical dystopia. The style of writing, the plot, the characters and the setting all feel like something straight out of an historical novel. If you ask me, it worked very well.

The story starts as I might have expected.
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I keep coming back to young adult novels. No matter how many times I tell myself, "This is the last straw, I'm done", I get seduced back into the world of costume dystopians, angsty vampires, and mean girl cliques. When the YA authors get it right, they get it right. THE WINNER'S CIRCLE, GLITTER - I went into both of those books expecting more of the same - a passive heroine who spends all her time mooning over the love interest, only to
Wendy Darling
DNF Somewhere there was an early blurb that made this sound like Jane Eyre crossed with Scarlett O'Hara in the 23rd century, but 100 pages in, I don't really see it.
The Neo-Victorian thing isn't portrayed in an especially interesting manner either.

My enjoyment of this book is also severely hampered by the fact that this story has remarkably similar plot points and themes to the upcoming THE WINNER'S CURSE, which is the better book by far in terms of story, writing, complexity, world-building,
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-addiction, clean, 2015
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Downton Abbey meets The Selection? that's a bit of a stretch since there is no prince a bunch of girls are trying to get. There is a dysopian Downton Abbey feel since they have brought back all the pomp and circumstance that the time of the 18th, 19th, 20th centuries had with balls, debutantes, money, a place of higher society, manners, dancing, which is always fun and I LOVE the idea of bringing most of all that back.

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I read this book expecting it to be better. The first half of the book was definitely more boring boring than the latter half. I'm glad that I persevered through it and finished it.


This book is set in the futuristic and chaotic United States where there are two classes of people, the gentry and the Rootless. Madeline Laundry, the main character, is 17 years old and hopeful that she will go to the university unlike what her family expects from her. They expect her to get married, produ
Gennifer Albin
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Yeah, this book rocks
Steph Sinclair
I had high hopes for this one when I first heard of it, but it was mostly very boring. The narrator was terrible or monotone, though, she did read very fast, but the story itself wasn’t all that interesting. Madeline spends most of her time thinking about university or how much she loves her house or how much she’s trying to pretend she doesn’t like David Dana. I was intrigued at first, but it got old very fast. The world building was also very confusing and felt quickly assembled just so the au ...more
My reaction to almost everything about Landry Park as depicted by the Dowager Countess/Dame fucking Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey (which this book is sadly aligned with):

Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
The East has taken over the US west of the Rockies, and the rest of America needed quick order after their loss in the war. Nuclear power becomes the source of energy, and class divides ensue. The gentry control all the resources and rule through connections and influence. The Rootless, the lowest class, are oppressed and given the worst jobs which subject them to radiation poisoning. As talks of a revolution brew as well as attacks from the East, Madeline Landry must decide where her loyalties ...more
Decent enough ideas, but there's not much to sink your teeth into here. Everything is kind of middle-of-the-road. Madeline and the supporting characters pass that test of "describe them without describing their appearance", but we never really get attached to them on a deeper level. Nothing Hagen writes is particularly compelling.

Angel says it better in her review (direct link), so I'm not going to rehash her words. I do want to add that with regard to race, I'm bothered that while we're told th
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Gone with the Wind, Downton Abbey, Jane Austen, it's all in this book! Madeline Landry is a character you can immediately relate to and feel what she is feeling through the entire book. I wanted to attend the debutante balls, walk the landscaped gardens and fall in love with David Dana. Her life of luxury does not completely satisfy Madeline and her curious nature leads to uncovering secrets that have been hidden for years. The nuclear power, Cherenkov Lanterns, tablets and wall screens keep rem ...more
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I dont know why, but I felt this world from Madeline's POV wasn't...bad enough.
Madeline is a gentry lady. She is respected and is in a high position in society. She has a beautiful estate and food to eat. She has free will and is self-independant. But, lets come back to the point that she is a gentry lady.

Why am I highlighting this point? In a world where the Rootless are beaten and killed, just for stealing a small loaf of bread, Madeline lives in total comfort and luxury. Although yes, Made
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Why did I subject myself to this torture?


One star for the effort.
Dana Al-Basha |  دانة الباشا
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.

4.5 stars

"Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal."

What a misleading caption. I really hate the fact they're making this out to be like any other dystopian novels -- full of love. Landry Park was so much more than that. Many dystopian novels are not done well, and I'm very cautious to pick these up; however, in here we receive an ubiquitous amount of history about the Landry's and their importance to the new United States. I could not put this down. Apart fr
Tara Higgins
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
November 2016
The second time through was so much better!!!!I enjoyed it so much! I read before bed and did not want to put the book down, I stayed up until 3:30 am! The characters and plot were so much better.
July 2015
3.5, sometimes boring, but a good plot and characters.

Lindsay Cummings
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-want
omg...another amazing SCIFI. I WANT TO READ THIS NOWSSSSS
Sara Raasch
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: valentines
I can't even form words for how original and enticing this book sounds. MUST. HAVE. IMMEDIATELY. ...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
I received this ARC from Penguin Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I award this book four stars.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen is touted as a combination of Downton Abbey and The Selection, which is pretty accurate. We meet Madeline in the first few pages of the book, and she is part of the gentry in the dystopian United States who rule over the Rootless, who live a horrible existence and have a short life span due to working with radiation all the time. She's different from the others
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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This sci-fi dystopian approaches some creative and fascinating ideas, that did not come completely together. When limits are set on carbon emissions because of global warming coupled with another WW, Jacob Landry invents the Cherenkov lantern, a "safe" use of the electromagnetic radiation. Generations later this science and its ethical repercussions fuel the class wars, where issues of longevity contrast with decisions of humanity.

As it turns out, this energy is based
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)

This was a different kind of dystopian story, with some interesting science thrown in.

Madeline was an interesting character, and I did feel for her with her insistence that she wanted to go to university rather than to get married. It was an awful situation for her to be in, and her father’s insistence that he would force her to do as she was told and produce an heir was pretty bad.

The storyline in this was quite interesting, with issues about nuclear power an
usagi ☆ミ
Dear readers, it's no secret that I'm a huge "Downton Abbey" fan. So when I heard "Downton". dystopia, and post-American future? I got very excited. I started dreaming up expectations. And I can happily say that these expectations were mostly met with this debut novel. However, I can also say that "The Selection" comparison? Not really relevant here. I think that Penguin was kind of trying to find something to make a pitch to the audience with (X meets Y in this Z tale!, etc). Hagen's tale has m ...more
Laurelin Paige
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has the unusual quality of feeling both futuristic and historical. It surprised me and enthralled me from page one. Especially beautiful is Bethany's lyrical writing style. It is a true pleasure to have been an early reviewer of this book. ...more
Megan Louise
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this whole book in one day... so I obviously liked it haha. It was interesting and fun. I do see how it's relatable to the selection series even tho others dont. Excited to start the next one. ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
***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 fa
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal. Um, no. Just no. Let's clear this up real quick. There is next to nothing that these two have in common with Landry Park. Maybe for fans of Downton Abbey and The Selection. However, even that may be stretching it a bit. Moving on.

Landry Park begins as you may expect a typical dystopian to.

America is divided. Famine and uprisings have led to social turmoil. The Eastern Empire has invaded the West Coast and taken over.
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

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 wher
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, lucky13
(I originally posted this review at The League of Extraordinary Writers)

I jumped at the chance to read an advance copy of Landry Park, and let's just say that I was not only hooked from the very beginning, but BLOWN AWAY. Bethany Hagen has created a world and characters that are so real, with descriptions that make you feel like she must've been there while she was writing. It's a rare thing to read a world that is so complete that it transports you there so fully. But that's just the tip of the
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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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