Hey guys! To start off I want to apologize for this not going up yesterday. After I wrote it, I thought I pressed the “publish” button, but when I looked at it this morning it wasn’t there. I’m so sorry, but here’s the first review of the week!
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
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.
This book is a retelling of one of my favorite classics, and I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to pick this up. I loved it. LOVED! I couldn’t put it down and it was so beautiful. Diana’s writing style was super poetic, and it was such a great representation of Jane Austen.
Kai and Elliot’s letters were so cute and perfect. I loved seeing the story progress during the present, but also being able to see the way their friendship developed when they were children. The letters also were a great tie in to Persuasion because of Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne.
All of the characters, including the supporting characters, were really entertaining and I loved them all. I was happy, sad and nervous for them, and in the end that’s all I could ever really ask for!
Overall: This book deserves all the stars because it gave me all the feels! It is such a fantastic book, and I need the sequel ASAP! Go pick it up and don’t wait another minute! I also recommend reading Persuasion first! You can find it for free, and it makes the story even better!