Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, 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.
Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
— Goodreads.com description
Oh, I’m sorry, you’re probably wondering why I have a player blasting “Achy Breaky Heart” on this post about For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.
Well, it’s because THIS BOOK BROKE MY HEART.
I can’t remember the last time I read a book where I was just ACHING inside from start to finish. There’s so much pain and regret and sorrow in these pages. It just SLAYS me.
But, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like…a weepfest. There’s also so much beauty and hope and possibility and friendship and CAN YOU TELL I LOVED IT?!
Okay, so, confession time: I am a huge Jane Austen fan, but…despite owning an extremely gorgeous hardcover version of Persuasion…I have never read it.
Gasp! I know, take a moment.
Anyway, For Darkness Shows the Stars is based on Persuasion, soooo I’m completely unqualified to comment on that whole aspect of things. But, damn, I can’t wait to read it now.
This version is definitely sci-fi, but that really takes a back-burner to family drama, romance and class conflicts. So if you’re a reluctant sci-fi reader, this might be the book for you. And if, like me, you’re a reader who reads because they love authors who SLAY THEM WITH EMOTION, this is for sure the book for you.
I don’t know what else to say. My heart is still recovering.