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Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins imprint)
Generations ago, a
genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving
rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in
this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her
childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s
estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of
Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening
Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced 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 Elliott wonders if this could be their
second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave
up when she abandoned him.
But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one
that could change the society in which they live…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 has 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.
I read Persuasion in university, the one Jane Austen novel I read because I was supposed to (when I was 12 I read Emma on my own, I was a nerd back then (duh)). It was such an interesting book about how we want people to see us and how we let people influence us into maybe making some bad decisions. I'm generally wary of retellings and "inspired by's," but I can only hope this one will be as moving and wonderful as the original story. Also, it'll be interesting with the Luddites, considering how much technology is in our lives now and how much would've been suppressed in the book.