Wednesday, December 5, 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars

By Diana Peterfreund

 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-Reductionalist 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 the could change their society… or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s facedc 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, this is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

Love. Love love love. This book was great. I was hoping with such a beautiful title and the premise that it was based off of Persuasion that it would be good, and I for once was not disappointed! Yay! I finally found a good one! I have been reading classic 'rewrites' for a while in the hopes of finding something new, but familiar and found garbage and mediocrity. Diana Peterfreund does what I wanted them all to do: She took the theme and then did whatever the heck she wanted with everything else! The love story is similar, but slightly different, which I appreciated, because that is the best thing about Persuasion. But holy smokes, the plot, the setting, the characters are all unique and equally thrilling. It's set in a science fiction future where there was a reduction of humans becuase there was too much messing around with humanity that resulted in severely retarded generation of humans who cannot talk or understand anything but the simplest commands. I love that the book has such a gripping history and it isn't all about the love story, it just makes it more personal for everyone included. My only beef with it was that she had Eliot and Kai so young. I was hoping they'd be older, like in Persuasion. It worked though. I'm torn between wanting a sequel, and afraid that a sequel will just ruin this perfectly good stand-alone. Anywho, if you like sci-fi and romance, and a little Jane Austen inspiredness, I definately recomend this book. Deep characters, great plot, and intriguing world.

I give it a 4 out of 5

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