- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 431 KB
- Print Length: 34 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Word for Word (30 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DPPB1GE
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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The First Star To Fall (For Darkness Shows the Stars) Kindle Edition
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While this one begins a whole new setting and set of characters though set in the same world as For Darkness Shows the Stars, I would not recommend getting them out of order, but it looks like it would be alright in a pinch.
The First Star to Fall introduces Persis Blake, a young aristo girl who is friends with her island's new ruler and with the Regs friends she goes to school with though their parents are workers for hers. At a friend's graduation party, she is having sober thoughts about the situation going on across the sea in their sister kingdom. A revolution has taken place. Not only was the queen deposed, but the revolutionaries did the horrific further step of forcibly Reducing her. The Reduced are a sad place in her people's history- a result of genetic manipulation with drastic results leaving generations of people nearly mindless and simple. Somehow this new revolution group have a way to inject a drug that steals away intelligence and they used it on the queen instead of merely imprisoning or execution.
Persis and a friend sneak across to the other island of Galatea and observe the troublesome revolution first hand. While she understands the Regs need to break through the yoke of the upperclasses she is terrified of the angry mob rule and cruelties that this revolutionary group is inacting. She will not just stand by and watch it happen or let it spread to her own island. Change is needed, but not in this way. The Wild Lily is born...
I loved how the author set up this dark and dangerous situation inside the For Darkness Sees the Stars post-apocalyptic world. A new land and new characters and a new deadly class uprising. I could already see hints of the connection with The Scarlet Pimpernel. This short story left me eager to press on for the main event in Across the Star-Swept Sea.
You definitely need to read Across a Star Swept Sea. I loved it. It’s a very clever retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel set in a dystopian future. Spend your time reading that, not this.
This novella is absolutely perfect to get you back into the swing of the world Peterfreund created in FDStS or to introduce it to you! Not only do you get a bit of background on the world itself, you also learn a lot about Persis, her friends, beliefs, and lifestyle. I can already tell she's a girl I'm going to like. We also get to see her first actions as the Wild Poppy!
Whether you read this before or after the book, I definitely recommend it! It's a very short read (30 minutes, maybe?) and will immerse you in the world THAT quickly. Now I'm about to combust with my need for Across a Star-Swept Sea!
**As crazy as it sounds some pre quells are written in a way you have to read the book first then go back and read the pre quell, that's what I recommend:)**
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