One of my goals for 2015 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. So put up your feet, grab a good paperback and let’s get reading!
‘Landry Park‘ by Bethany Hagen is set 200 years in the future in an America that is fragmented, taken over by the Eastern Empire as far inland from the West as Colorado. It is set in my adopted town of Kansas City (which makes it very interesting to read some of the settings)- and centers around seventeen year old Madeline Landry. A caste system has been set in place by Madeline’s ancestor who created the nuclear power that runs all of the homes of the wealthy. There are farmers, servants and shopkeepers- but then there are the Rootless. They are the homeless population, the lowest caste who must collect the nuclear charges from the homes which shortens their lifespan immensely.
This book is the first by Hagen and although it is not as good as others similar to it such as The Selection Series or The Kanin Chronicles, it is a pretty good first novel. It can be overly explanatory but interestingly enough but much of the time doesn’t go enough in depth. We don’t hear much of the side of the Rootless or the servants and therefore it only scratches the surface of what it could be. If only we could have chapters from Madeline’s maid Elinor, the book would be so much more interesting. None of the characters have much depth, especially the two men in Madeline’s pseudo-love triangle. However- a few days after finishing this book I’m still thinking about it, for all of the faults it was still a fun read that leaves you wondering what will happen next. Because of this I will definitely be reading the sequel once it comes out!
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