Wednesday, July 31, 2013

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund Review

Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Romantic, thought-provoking, and absolutely beautiful, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion and a favorite of 2012--I can't wait for more!

Elliott North is a girl who is rich, spoiled, and has everything the world has to offer. She is a Luddite, the society's Elite after a genetic disaster called The Reduction. Malakai, her best friend, is a Reduced--the equal to a slave, and a laborer on the Norths farm. Four years ago, Kai asked Elliott to run away with him. She refused, choosing duty over love. Well now Kai is back, and she has to fight feelings long-buried--and save herself and her family from a secret he's hiding before it's too late.

What I enjoyed:
-the exquisite prose I drank in like water
-the letters throughout the novel that further explored Kai and Elliot's relationship
-The way the book did such justice to Persuasion and yet held its own
-The dystopian world the two lived in, where Posts are servants to Luddites, unfairly so
-Elliot's strong will and her love for Kai
-Andromeda and Donovan
-Elliot's mother
-The romance in it had me swooning more than once
-The sweet, happy ending--it was really worth it to stick with the book

What I didn't enjoy:
-Elliot's father
-the story started out slow for me at first and was hard to stick with until things started to pick up

Any fan of Jane Austen or dystopian worlds, love stories and adventures, should pick this up--it's worth reading! Next on deck: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette!

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