Second Look: FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund

Releases June 12, 2012

A retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  It’s set in an unknown time, which could be the future or the past.  The way that the world is set up reminds me a little of the Amish versus the Modern English.  But don’t let this deter you.  The story and writing are fluid and worth the read! Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Age: 12+
Genre: Romance Pre-Story
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while.  However, I was able to meet Diana Peterfreund at BEA on Wednesday and she signed a hardcover copy of FDSTS before it was released!  I started it on the bus and couldn’t put it down.  I think I managed to read the entire thing in a 2-day period. Synopsis

Elliot North is 18 years old and the second daughter of Baron North.  While her father builds racetracks, Elliot makes sure that the workers are treated well and that there will be enough food to feed everyone through the winter months.

Elliot was born a Luddite, someone who believes in God’s will and does not want to alter the way things happen naturally.  However, she starts to deter from these thoughts as she tries to genetically enhance a new strain of wheat that will have a larger harvest.

When the Cloud Fleet asks to rent Elliot’s grandfather’s estate, they bring with them an old friend – Kai.  Kai and Elliot grew up together.  He’s a Post (Post-Reduction).  Essentially, he was a servant of her family’s estate. 

Elliot tries to reconcil her feelings for Kai while he’s very cruel to her.

I’m such a girl.  I cried through a lot of this – not because it’s sad, but because it’s so beautiful.  It’s written so wonderfully that Austen would be proud of the retelling of Persuasion

The story focuses on Elliot’s POV and we are able to see how she reacts to things around her.  She’s a hardworker and often sacrifices things she wants for the better of her servants and family (even if they don’t deserve her sacrifices).

The storyline is well-written and comes together nicely at the end.  There’s nothing “off” about the novel – it all works.  I definitely could not put it down!  I also liked that there wasn’t too much of a “new” genre mixed it (dystopian, paranormal, etc.)  It’s a world that’s easy to follow and understand, which doesn’t take away from the story. 

Overall, a great read.  Definitely read if you’re an Austen fan!



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