As promised last week, I’m here to tell you about the latest and greatest dystopian novel for young adults.
This book really surprised me. I read about it in an advertisement email from Barnes and Noble and decided to buy it. I seriously *never* pick books that way! But, I’m really glad I did this time.
The best thing about this book? It’s so clean. Seriously. There’s no sexual content, no bad language, nothing. That hardly ever happens either!
Landry Park is about a 16 year old Gentry girl named Madeline Landry. She’s in line to inherit her family’s estate, known as Landry Park. Her parents are shopping her around for a suitable husband, but Madeline is more interested in convincing her father to let her attend university, which is strictly forbidden for a Gentry heir who is meant only to marry and produce another heir. Talk of producing an heir is as sexual as it gets!
This turns into your typical “spoiled little rich girl wants more out of life,” but certainly not in a bad way. In this futuristic society, a war has left the country divided. Some of it has been conquered and taken over by the Chinese, and they threaten to take even more. The country is no longer divided by race, which is said to be a total non-issue in the future, but instead is divided by class. The lowest class of people in society are those whose ancestors tried to rebel against the government and are being punished for it. Their punishment? Take care of the nuclear charges that power the homes of the rich. And why is this a job only for those of the lowest class You guessed it. Those nuclear charges are dangerous, causing those people to live a miserable, sickly (and short) existence.
There’s a mystery in the story and just enough of a love triangle to make things interesting. And seriously refreshing is the fact that the book ended with a real resolution, not left open-ended for an obvious sequel to take over. I enjoyed this book enough and I think you would, too. Fans of The Hunger Games, Matched, and Divergent are sure to enjoy this book as well!
Now I’m in the middle of another dystopian, Life as We Knew It. I hope to be ready to tell you about that next week, along with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.
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