Saturday, June 9, 2012

Book Review: For Darkness Shows The Stars

Title: For Darkness Shows The Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Source: Finished Copy at BEA
Amazon Summary:It'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.

My Thoughts: I'll be honest, I've been dying to read this since I heard about it. I adore Persuasion. I own every movie version of it. I wish more people would read Persuasion, rather than just Pride and Prejudice. 

To my delight, this book was able to exceed my expectations! Instead of simply taking the exact same characters from Persuasion and dropping them into a new setting, Peterfreund made the characters her them their own personalities and hardships, and a completely new situation to deal with.

The world that the author placed the characters is was fascinating. A completely new take on scifi, and dystopian. Two islands separated from anything else that may be out there, and technology has been all but outlawed because of a plague of sorts. What makes it really interesting, is that this book doesn't really fit in any category, it's not completely dystopian, or completely scifi, but I feel uncomfortable calling it anything else. I'm always amazed when an author can do that, because it's not as predictable as another novel might be.

The characters in this story were absolutely amazing! Elliot made a decision four years before the book took place that she questions to this day. A decision that changed her, and her family, and the boy she still loves. Watching her struggle to come to grips with that decision, as she sees how Kai has turned into the man he wanted to be, is heartbreaking, and beautiful. But the love and dedication she shows to everyone else in the novel is even more interesting...a dedication most people in her class do not have, or care to achieve.

I was a little disappointed with Kai, but I understand what the author was going for with his character. I thought he seemed a little too distant throughout the book, but one scene really made me change my mind about his character. I would have loved to read his perspective in some of the situations, instead only seeing it from Elliot's point of view.

The letters scattered throughout the book were fantastic. I loved that we got a chance to see the relationship between Elliot and Kai progress as they grew up together, and Elliot's heartbreak once he left. Some letters were so short, but the meaning and passion behind them was incredible. 

I honestly can't write this review and NOT mention this cover. It's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so excited I have a finished copy to put on my bookshelf!

The book is an incredibly heartbreaking, tender love story about lost love, and second chances. It was true to Austen, but it's not an ode to her. Those who have not read Persuasion will still be able to fall in love with the characters, and (hopefully) the story as well.

Small Add: For those of your who have read For Darkness Shows the Stars Already, be sure to check out the short prequel Diana Peterfreund posted on her website Among the Nameless Stars

1 comment:

  1. Ahhhh... this looks so good. There was a signing this week that I missed, wasn't there? I'm totally regretting skipping it now! I'm glad you enjoyed it, though, since you were really looking forward to it!

    Also--SO GOOD MEETING YOU!!!!!!