Pub. Date: August 11, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
The thrilling conclusion to Landry Park is full of love, betrayal, and murder–perfect for fans of Divergent, The Selection, and Pride and Prejudice.
In Landry Park, Madeline turned her back on her elite family, friends, and estate to help the Rootless. Now, in Jubilee Manor, she struggles to bring the Gentry and the Rootless together. But when Gentry heirs—Madeline’s old friends—are murdered, even she begins to think a Rootless is behind it, putting her at odds with the boy she loves and the very people she is trying to lead. If she can’t figure out who is killing her friends and bring them to justice, a violent war will erupt and even more will die—and Madeline’s name, her estate, and all the bonds she’s forged won’t make any difference.
This conclusion to Landry Park, which VOYA dubbed “Gone with the Wind meets The Hunger Games,” is a richly satisfying, addictive read.
Now read an interview with Landry Park author Bethany Hagen!
1. For those who haven’t read the Landry Park series, can you sum it up for us?
Sure! Landry Park is about a world in the future that looks a lot like the past. After a civil war driven by poverty and economics, America has reordered itself so that the victors of the war and their descendants (the gentry) are able to live a life of extravagance while the losers (the Rootless) are forced to handle the nuclear waste that powers their luxurious lifestyle. The series starts off when Madeline Landry—heiress to the most powerful estate in the country—meets the latest import to her city’s society: Captain David Dana, who is, despite his cute face and big bank account, hiding some very dangerous secrets…
2. Did you always plan to write two Landry Park books, or will there be more?
We did originally plan on more! I sold the series as a trilogy, and I had the series plotted out in a very specific direction. But as I was writing the second book, my editor and I agreed that the original direction wasn’t working any more, and so we decided to go back to the drawing board and restructure the way Madeline’s story ended. And when we did that, we also agreed that stretching the new storyline into a trilogy would make the whole arc seem weaker, and neither of us wanted that. We decided we’d rather have two action-packed books than three so-so ones J
3. Now that Jubilee Manor is due to be released in a few months, what are you working on now?
I am working on editing my next book, which is a science-fiction novel about space stations and hackers and cute boys who forget to put their shirts on sometimes. It’s a standalone book, so it’s not part of the Landry Park universe and there won’t be a sequel.
3. If Landry Park was to be made into a screen adaptation, who would you cast?
Oh, that’s so hard because there are so many amazing actors and actresses out there! I think for Madeline Landry, I would cast someone like Rachel Hurd-Wood or Emily Kinney—someone that initially projects a certain fragility, but underneath it all, there’s fierce strength and intelligence. And casting David is so hard because he really only exists in my mind! But Lucas Till looks a lot like how I picture David in my mind, with the blond hair and the blue eyes.
5. Responses for both Landry Park and Jubilee Manor have been fantastic, how does that make you feel?
It’s so overwhelmingly awesome when readers tell you that they are enjoying something that you’ve worked on for so long! Whenever someone takes the time to reach out and say nice things, I usually end up blushing like mad and also maybe wanting to cry a little bit. Knowing that you gave even just one person a great experience makes up for so many other things!
6. During the editing process, was there anything that got cut that you wish had made the final version of the book?
There was a great scene with Cara where she walks into a room in the middle of the night completely naked and holding a bottle of gin. It was way over the top and took away from some of the things I was trying to illustrate about Cara in Jubilee Manor, but it was so much fun to write and it just felt so Cara, like if any character was going to be naked-gin-bottle-holding, it would be her!
7. What inspired you to mix science fiction with Victorian/high society?
It was a slow process, actually! When I was in college, I worked at this small history museum giving tours, and since it was a small museum, the Gilded Age/Edwardian Era section was right around the corner from the Cold War section. And after looping through the exhibit a million times, the two time periods started to gel a bit in my mind. I started wondering what it would
look like if we had a society like we had in the Edwardian Era but it was all powered by nuclear energy? And the rest, of course, is history!
8. Can you recommend readers a good book you’ve read recently?
Yes! I just finished A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, and it is so beautiful and magical and haunting that I just want to quit writing forever because I’ll never be able to write anything like that!
9. Thank you so much for taking part in the interview, is there anything you’d like to add to finish us off?
No, just that I so appreciate you hosting me and that I hope everyone enjoys the conclusion to the Landry Park series!
About Bethany: (photo by Ritu Nanos)
Bethany is a a former librarian living in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children.
Her debut novel Landry Park came out from Dial/Penguin in 2014, and the sequel, Jubilee Manor, will be out August 11, 2015. She is am represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Media.
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