Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review of For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the StarsIt's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth--an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she's faced with a choice: cling to what she's been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she's ever loved, even if she's lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen's persuasion, "For Darkness Shows the Stars" is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

(Summary from GoodReads)

A futuristic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion? The moment I heard about For Darkness Shows the Stars, I knew I’d need a copy for myself, and another blogger was gracious enough to loan me an ARC.  Peterfreund’s latest novel showcases how gorgeous her writing can be and gave me a story I fell in love with.

Everything about For Darkness Shows the Stars is magical, from the cover to the very last page.  The world that Elliott lives in is imperfect, yet incredibly well built. Although it takes time to grasp what’s happening, it’s carefully thought out. The images in some scenes where so lovely that I wanted to jump between the pages of the book.

Of course, the romance is one of the key elements of this book.  You guys, it was so well done.  There was the same combination of pain, yearning, and hope that I find whenever I read Persuasion.

What more can I say? To me, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a magical book in so many ways.  I highly recommended picking this one up if you haven’t already.  Plus, 2013 is going to bring us Across A Star-Swept Sea, an amazing sounding sequel based off of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I cannot wait! 

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  1. YES YES! I loved the pain and the yearning and the hope within For Darkness Shows The Stars as well. It was perfectly done, I think.

  2. I need to own this. I'm a sucker for an Austen retelling, in particular Persuasion. ! L

  3. Thanks for including my review in your roundup! I LOVED this book and I'm so happy you loved it too! I didn't expect this one to be so moving! I am SO excited for the new one coming out next year!!

  4. Across A Star-Swept Sea is the second YA story I've heard of being based on The Scarlet Pimpernel-I really need to read that book so I can be caught up! I wasn't as enthralled with this Persuasion retelling as I was with the original but I'm excited for more stories in that world.



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