For Darkness Shows and Stars

For Darkness Shows and Stars

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : Balzer & Bray, c2012
ISBN: 9780062006158
Branch Call Number: FIC Peter
Characteristics: 407 p

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MelifluousView Sep 09, 2016

Even knowing Jane Austen's Persuasion well, this version left me wondering what would happen next. I loved Elliot's growth as a character and her value of all human life.

CMLibrary_sdeason Mar 01, 2016

Book is suited well to J readers looking for a YA book. The author stretched a little into religion and history to create something that is not quite complete for an adult reader.

black_rabbit_114 Jul 17, 2014

this book was AMAZING!!!
i nvr rly liked jane austen much, but this book made me want to go to the nearest library and just borrow her books just like that --> snap!
it just perfectly blends romance and dytopia... sure it had a slow start, like most books, but it builds up! <3 <3 <3
i guess a lot of ppl have diff tastes ^_^
but for ppl like me, i just ADORE it ;)

JCLLouisaWS May 23, 2013

Between a slow start and my doubts about a post-apocalyptic teenage retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, I was skeptical at first, but Peterfreund drew me in the more I read. Rich both in nuanced characterizations and a sense both of the injustices and rationalizations of privilege. Horrible cover though.

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goofy
Feb 26, 2013

I really really want to adore this book but there are a few things about it that I strongly dislike. Like toomanytacos, the leading man wasn't very present in the novel and I would have liked to also read more about him. The background of this book needed to be further developed I had a hard time understanding how the reduction worked exactly. I did like the idea the author had on how the apocalypse happened, quite innovated. I liked the inspiration the author took from Austen's Persuasion to develop the characters. Finally, I don't like the title of this book, it just doesn't fit for me.

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toomanytacos
Jan 16, 2013

Great book! I loved it so much that my mom had to take it away cause I wasn't getting any schoolwork done. :P
I wish Kai was in it more, and i didn't explain enough about the Reduction history, but an amazing all the same. I would definitely recommend it.

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MissLillieBear
Nov 11, 2012

April 11,2013I read this book knowing that it was gonna be a hit or a miss from all the reviews i read and i gotta say it's a miss. The beginning was very slow and boring much like Elliot North's life. It started kicking in at the end which is very typical but i expected more of a dramatic, unexpected ending, it was kinda dissapointing. I'm not really into this book and therefore the author so i would not read any of her books ever

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itsdux
Oct 22, 2012

Was a really enjoyable read. Jane Austen meets Dystopia. Loved it!

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BarbaraA
Aug 05, 2012

An excellent retelling of Persuasion! The writing is strong and the characters are all realistically written and three dimensional. I loved it!

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aislingwhelehan
Jul 24, 2012

one word... "WOW!"
what a great book!!! If you enjoyed it I highly recommend Peterfreund's other series rampant : )

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