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For Darkness Shows the Stars Paperback – July 2, 2013
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“Dystopian, ideological, rebellious-Peterfreund’s fantasy homage to Austen’s Persuasion departs from the original in many respects, and with great success …. a richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars is an impassioned ode to Jane Austen, love, and the hope found in stars.” (Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and A MILLION SUNS)
“Succeeds in recasting Austen’s characters to bring her themes to a futurist society and provide wry comment on life in the twenty-first century …. will appeal to science fiction and romance fans alike. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
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“Don’t you love it when a brilliant idea meets with brilliant execution? Thank you, Diana Peterfreund for giving us a post-apocalyptic Persuasion. This book is meltingly good.” (Laini Taylor, National Book Award Finalist for LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES)
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From the Back Cover
It's been 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 she refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing familial duty over love. Now Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to a group of shipbuilders, including 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.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. 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.
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.
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What For Darkness does exceptionally well is world building. It's rich with description and atmosphere, creating a completely immersive experience for the reader. One can easily imagine themselves walking the fields of the North estate then slipping into the barn with lantern in hand, or clambering over the rocky shores and scuffing across the worn wooden floors of the Post cabins. It's all so stunningly vivid and vibrant one can't help but be entranced by the beauty of this world.
The dynamics of the characters add such richness to the story as a whole and each voice is unique and individual. Elliot is multifaceted, strong yet vulnerable, sly yet a bit gullible, and intensely nurturing but a wee bit cool. She's truly fascinating as there are many aspects to her personality I find contradictory and complex. The supporting cast also brings with them a host of vibrancy, from self-obsessed big sister Tatiana, to cruel and savvy Zachariah, to loving and self-sacrificing Dee, to injured and tempestuous Kai. They are all lovely and wonderfully crafted, though it wasn't until I read the prequel to For Darkness that I fully understood Kai. So, if you're planning to read this, and I hope you do, please take the plunge and read Among the Nameless Stars as well. It helps to fill in some of the blanks where Kai is concerned and I found it helped me to like him more.
The plot itself is compelling, set in the future it chronicles the aftermath of a world rebounding from the Reduction, the decimation of humanity from too much genetic manipulation. Sounds not only plausible but scarily probable and I really love stories that take from a reality we can connect with. Society has survived but is severely fractured, leaving just two factions: the Luddites and the Reduced. The Luddites have taken over all aspects of day to day life, ostensibly enslaving the Reduced to manage their crops, livestock and homesteads. There's a lot going on in this novel, struggles with morality and propriety; a broken first love; a struggle for liberation and equality. It's chock full but never bogged down.
Please read this, I implore you!
Author Diana Pererfreund based "For Darkness Shows the Stars" on Austen's "Persuasion." I hadn't heard of the book until a read another blogger's review, and I have to admit my interest was piqued -- enough so that I bought the book later the same day.
Most people think of technology as a good thing until it gets out of hand. Generations ago a genetic experiment went horribly wrong, causing the Reduction. Humanity was decimated, leaving behind the Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology and became lords and overseers of those reduced to lives of simplicity.
Elliot North is a Luddite, as were her parents and grandparents before her. She knows her place, even if that means refusing to run away with Kai, her best friend, childhood sweetheart and a servant. Elliot chooses her duty -- running her family's estate -- over love, and regrets the decision from that point forward.
Four years have passed, and the North estate is barely limping forward. Elliot's father and sister spend money on silly extravagances while Elliot struggles to keep everyone fed and healthy.
When a group of Post-Reductionists (former servants) ask to rent her grandfather's shipyard, Elliot jumps at the opportunity. With the extra money, the estate just may make it another year. But with the appearance of the mysterious Cloud Fleet -- a group of shipbuilders -- also comes the renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth.
Even though he's no longer a gangly servant, Elliot immediately recognizes the dashing explorer as none other than her Kai. But he isn't her Kai. Not really. He wants nothing to do with his former sweetheart and goes to great lengths to prove it.
But even beneath the prickles, Elliot can tell Kai is hiding something, something that could change society forever. Once again Elliot is forced to choose between the ways of the past and the hope of the future, even if it means losing everything she's ever known, forever.
"For Darkness Shows the Stars" arrived at my house yesterday, and even though I have a lot of other books waiting to be read, I couldn't help but pick it up. A few hours after that, I was finished with what I can honestly say was a very satisfying read.
Often when authors use other works for inspiration, they loose the essence of the original book. That is not the case here. I was surprised at how authentic both Elliot and Kai felt. Their romance has the same underlying tension and passion as that of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth.
Though Diana Peterfreund has created a world of her own with different problems and settings, her book feels at once familiar. It doesn't come across as a copycat, but rather almost a companion novel -- as if the setting were one Austen may have created had she been born in a different time.
Perhaps one of the strongest elements in Diana's novel comes in her use of letters. In between each chapter, there are sections of correspondence between Elliot and Kai. Each section is from a different time, a different age. This is where readers come to understand the true nature of their friendship -- from their first introduction until the time Kai leaves. They are personal and heartfelt and help to push the story forward while looking back.
"For Darkness Shows the Stars" is an intelligent read that doesn't rely on sexuality, strong language or gratuitous violence. It's understated and quiet with moments of brilliance. And as with my copy of "Persuasion," I have no doubt it will be reread many times.
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SETTING: A post-apocalyptic world, several generations after “The Reduction”...Read more