Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Synopsis: 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. (from the back of the book)

Review:  I picked this up only because it is a sci-fi retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I'm not sure what I expected but this was more. Peterfreund does an excellent job of keeping the core of Austen's story while adding a futuristic twist that blends nicely with Austen's themes. Peterfreund's writing has a repetitive quality that mildly annoying, but did not distract from the story. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Austen, and perhaps wants to read a unique retelling.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 12-5-2012
Pages: 407

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