Author: Bethany HAGEN
Year Reviewed:: 2015
Review: Madeline Landry, 17, is heir to the vast Landry Park estate in Kansas City, built by a revered ancestor, Jacob, who invented the "Cherenkov lantern" that now powers the world. As a member of the privileged gentry, Madeline is subject to frequent teas, formal debuts, and a constant stream of suitors. She resists them all until she meets dashing David Dana, who flirts shamelessly but escorts Madeline's archrival to her debut. David's ties to the Rootless slaves, who maintain the gentry's nuclear energy sources, force Madeline to question her beliefs and contemplate rebellion. This futuristic science-fiction saga expertly blends elements of dystopias and nineteenth-century British fiction.