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For Darkness Shows the Stars Hardcover – 12 Jun 2012

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  • Hardcover: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen (12 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062006142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062006141
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreund's take on Jane Austen's Persuasion set in a post-apocalyptic world. In the dystopian future of For Darkness Shows the Stars, a genetic experiment has devastated humanity. In the aftermath, a new class system placed anti-technology Luddites in absolute power over vast estates-and any survivors living there. Elliot North is a dutiful Luddite and a dutiful daughter who runs her father's estate. When the boy she loved, Kai, a servant, asked her to run away with him four years ago, she refused, although it broke her heart. Now Kai is back. And while Elliot longs for a second chance with her first love, she knows it could mean betraying everything she's been raised to believe is right. For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking YA romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
With this book, for some reason, I had a preconceived idea of what this book was about. Upon hearing it was a Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, I thought I was sure I knew what I was getting into. I was initially caught off guard by a mood and setting of the book I wasn't expecting to read. This at first had me reading this book much slower than it ought to have been read until I gave it a second chance. I'm glad I did! This book is a gorgeous Post Apocalyptic, yet refined retelling of a story you thought you knew.

I was initially not excited about the Austen-era propriety in the book, as I don't usually associate it with Science Fiction. By the midway point I decided that it fit tone of the story and provided a really great contrast between technology and the ways of the stingy Luddites who want nothing to do with the technology that previously destroyed the human population. The world itself was absolutely gorgeous. Diana Peterfreund just has a way of describing the setting and setting up the mood of a story!

The characters of this book were so deeply written and rather heart-wrenching at times. The relationship of Elliot and Kai was written really well. It wasn't too lovey-dovey, but rather thoughtful and powerful, crossing the boundaries of their society. The social boundaries in this book are much deeper than upper and lower class. The Reduction was an event in the book's past where humans experiments with genetic enhancement went horribly wrong and all who survived became 'Reduced' to the mental capacity of a young child. I loved this controversial subject and I think it's horrifyingly believable!

I would recommend this book to people who have a taste for unique worlds and love the artful language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tester on 8 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I want to start this review with some general info on the book

- the book is absolutely fantastic :)
- there is a free prequel you should read
- you don't have to have read Persuasion by Jane Austen to love this wonderful story Diana Peterfreund has created.
- Elliot and Kai are both 18 years old, in their world this means that there are adults. So "For Darkness shows the stars" should be interesting for both young adult and adult readers.

Diana Peterfreund was smart enough to use "Persuasion" as a basis for her own story, but to also change things a bit. She created her own fantastic characters, her own harsh world, her own wonderful story. "For Darkness shows the stars" is its own book, a book that made me feel a lot of emotions, a book that made me excited to reread both "Perusasion" and "For Darkness shows the stars" in the future.

"Persuasion" has always been my favourite novel by Jane Austen. So "For Darkness shows the stars" had to be amazing to make me a fan of it, and it most definitely was. Right from the first pages on I was in the story, I felt with Elliot and I was always excited to read on. All of Peterfreund's characters felt like real people, this is definitely one of the many strengths of this book.
Elliot is one of the bravest and strongest heroines I have ever read about. I wanted to hug her and bow down to her at the same time. Kai is also a fascinating and great character, even though I wanted to hit him from time to time. :)

The past between Elliot and Kai is told in letters both exchanged, and I loved this way of sharing bits of the past with the reader. The letters and the prequel helped me to understand why Kai was so embittered and hateful. It helped me to see both sides instead of only Elliot's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lhara on 29 July 2012
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I was so excited to get my hands on this book. When I heard such a thing existed, I squeed. A lot. A futuristic re-telling of my favourite Austen? Yes please. And the title and cover captured my already enamoured heart.

I don't have a to to say about this book, but For Darkness Shows the Stars is a book full of beautiful prose. That said, it's not the most passionate of books. Kai (Wentworth's equivalent) is very cold and dislikes Elliot immensely, and not once do you ever get a hint of warmth from him. For those looking for a book full of bittersweet hope or even signs that Kai is still attracted to Elliot, this book isn't for you. This book is gritty and full of heartbreak and you're never fully sure how closely it will follow Persuasion - which perhaps is a good thing.

Another aspect of the book is the delving into the morals of genetic modification. As a topic that is hugely relevant today, I enjoyed reading about the pros and cons in this story, and what it means to play God.

By far my favourite thing about this book is Elliot. She's such a strong and driven character. One of my favourite lines is this: Elliot hadn't been [a fool in love]. She'd been rational, logical, reasonable, prudent. She'd been cold and cruel and disloyal and distant. How many heroines in books are rational about love, and make the right choice? I don't think there are many. But Elliot is practical and does the best for the people she presides over. She understands what it means to make sacrifices and she is willing to live those consequences.

Also, the main characters' descriptions hinted at characters of colour, or at least of mixed race, which was something I was excited about. Whether they were meant to be or not, I'm uncertain, but I definitely pictured them that way.
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