Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Series: The Landry Park Duology, Book One
Pages: 374 pages
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.
Landry Park is set in a futuristic America, where the country is separated into two classes, the Gentry and the Rootless. Our main character, Madeline is a gentry and the heir to her families property. However, that’s not what she wants. The plot for Landry Park wasn’t overly spectacular; it wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t fantastic either. I kind of lost sight of what the main plot was supposed to be at times. The main character seems on the outside of it for a lot of the book, and it felt unimportant at times.
Even though this story takes place in the future, they dress and act as if it’s the 18th or 19th century. A big issue I had with this story was that I found it very difficult to remember what time period it took place in. I just had a hard time remembering we were supposed to be hundreds of years in the future, and it really bothered me. However, the story flowed easily and it was a quick read. I kept reading because I wanted to know what was happening in the world and to the characters. The last half or so really picked up and a lot more happens, which was nice.
There were many varied characters in this story. From the different gentry to the different Rootless, there were many, and they did fairly well to serve their purpose. However, they felt fairly basic to me. Which isn’t always a bad thing, but it made it hard to connect to them. For instance, the main character Madeline. You aren’t given a whole lot of background on the girl and she could have been more developed.
Overall, this book was okay. I would recommend if you want to read it, borrow it from your local library before purchasing. I will be reading the second book eventually, because I want to know what happens. The ending also suggests that the second book may have more action, which I think could definitely increase my liking of the duology.