Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Hello everyone! Welcome to the Landry Park blog tour! I'm so excited to share my thoughts on this fantastic book! Stick around to learn about the book and maybe win it yourself!
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 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.
Disclaimer: I was given an Advance copy in exchange for review. I did not receive any compensation for my thoughts, and all quotes are taken from the book are subject to change.
Ever since I first saw the beautiful cover I knew I wanted to read this. When I saw it blurbed as Downton Abbey meets The Selection I wanted to even more. Dystopia meets Historical Society? Heck yes! And this book did not disappoint! It was a read that kept me riveted the whole day long.
Being a Dystopian it’s natural to see corrupted governments and twisted futuristic settings. But what I found to be super unique about this one was the fact that the politics of this world played a very big part of this book. This isn’t something you often in young adult literature, but I loved it! The tensions and problems that arise from the issues in this world and society are the struggles and the plot of this book. I was riveted! There is drama and romance aplenty, but the way the politics wasn’t shoved aside was what I really loved. It was intricate and interesting. And I appreciated that our main character Madeline had a brain to keep up with it all.
And then – on this sprawling estate in this large house, on the brink of a revolution – I was reminded of the power of the small. Small ideas, small acts, small people. After all it was the furious industry of those tiny atoms that fueled the stars, stares that then nourished planets, and planets that the nourished life. Not matter how small I felt, how infinitesimal my feeble gestures seemed, I was part of a larger chain, a large system, and so help me I would bring order to this chaos.
Because the book does focus on a very political system of injustice and cruelty to the poor, Landry Park raises san discusses quite a fe thought provoking topics. That it was able to be pulled off with suck skill was astounding. I was questioning myself and justifying right along with these characters.
So it was okay if lots of innocent people got hurt as long as it was not the one you cared about?
As far as our characters go we see quite the spread. This book is very much of a Victorian society filled with parties and gossip just as much as it is a thought-provoking dystopian. Despite seeing it through the eyes of a learned girl more interested in books, doesn’t mean it’s right there. It was a fun aspect, this society. Nothing I haven’t seen before, but still very fun. The description of the balls was lovely and it was very vivid an event.
While I found this book fantastically fun there were a few things I found slightly lacking. As far as our dramatics of the society go, there were few side plots that I feel weren’t given all the attention necessary to make it interesting and not so predicting. I saw the results coming a little before we found out the revelation and took a slight chunk away from the anticipation of it all.
As for the romance, we have a dashing set up. I love the way our romantic male lead is set up. It’s all very fun and exciting…..until it gets redundant in it’s methods. There were moments of brilliant swoons and then it’s left to sit. It’s a ride of a romance that’s for sure. I just wished for a little more from it! I guess I shall have to wait for book too.
He shrugged. “Bullets are just lumps of metal. A flash of pain or a quick death. But being a coward – that’s something that eats away at you slowly from the inside. That’s what really scares me.”
What I did love about the romance? The arguements. Not petty arguments, but the debates between them. It goes back to Madeline and her brains! They conversations they could have! It was beautiful! It made the romance so much more real, because it wasn’t just a pretty face and attraction.
My only other complaint would be the lack of some world-building. It is the future and there were plenty of technology introduced that I would have liked to get to know a little more. It’s not difficult to figure out but if there had been just a tad more explanations I would have been so much more comfortable with the world.
But on the whole, those complaints are drowned out in the interesting story! It builds up to a fantastic end with heartbreak and happiness and so many questions! Rich in intelligence and fascinating political themes, Hagen's dystopian romance will intrigue you and make you yearn for more. If you are looking for a fascinating read, this is the one for you!
About Bethany Hagen
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Bethany Hagen Librarian by day, Bethany Hagen is the author of the forthcoming LANDRY PARK, set to be released from Dial February 4th. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and two children.
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