Thu, May 24, 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund Review

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund book cover

For Darkness Shows the Stars
By Diana Peterfreund
Publication date: June 12, 2012
Balzer + Bray, 398 pages
Source: Borrowed from my friend Pam

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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Fara @ Tumbling In Books said:

    Great review! I was ssooooo reluctant to read this but now I’m soo going to. I definitely love books that tears my feelings to shreds ;)

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  2. sarah@catchingbooks said:

    Great review! This book sounds amazing Anna! I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick this book up but now I will :)

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  3. Heidi said:

    I’ve been hearing such great things about this book recently. As a fellow Jane Austen fan I cannot wait to read it!

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  4. Jamie said:

    Eee! I have this on my shelf!! Definitely bumping it up as I had no idea what it was really about.ALSO, I have not read Persuasion yet either. We should remedy this!

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  5. We Heart YA said:

    We’ve been seeing this cover around, but this is the first review we’ve read. Sounds awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Can’t wait to get our hands on it. :)

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  6. Jennie said:

    I have wanted to read this since I first saw the cover – it looks so breathtaking. Glad to know the book is just as good as the cover.

    I NEED to get my hand on a copy!

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  7. Alyssa @ Books Take You Places said:

    I ADORE books that break and mend my heart all at once (who doesn’t) it’s like there are no words to describe these feelings!! Also the fact that it is inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion means I must have it ASAP. Adding to my summer reads ASAP!

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  8. Mel @thedailyprohecy said:

    I haven’t read that book from Austen either, but I surely can’t wait to get this one in my hands! First, it didn’t sound like my cup of tea, but now I hear so many things about it.. *sight* I need to have it!

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  9. Jessica S. said:

    OMG. I love the way you describe it. It does sound a lot like Persuasion. The aching and how emotional it is… Great review! I can’t wait to read this book!

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  10. Anna @ Literary Exploration said:

    UGH I DIED!!! This book totally broke my heart into a million pieces. I think I found myself crying on way more than one occasion. I had such a hard time putting it down it was so well done!!! LOVED IT!!! Great review :)

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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  11. ComaCalm said:

    I’ve been wanting a copy of this for a good 6 months or so now and still haven’t pre-ordered it! I must get a copy SOON…

    ComaCalm’s Corner =^.^=

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  12. Book Angel Emma said:

    Terrific review – its on my list of classics retold – I cant wait to read it :D

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  13. Lori said:

    I loved this book so much!!

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  14. Tara @ YAMagicPages said:

    I’ve been DYING to read this and your review just killed my patience!! I’m sooo happy the author will be at BEA :)

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  15. Diana Peterfreund Blog | A Star for …Stars said:

    […] “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?!” – AnnaReads […]

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  16. April said:

    I loved Persuasion, I haven’t read it since highschool though, so I’m not sure I would pick up on much either.

    I will have to check this one out. :) I adore this cover. Any thing with a spacey cover and i’m pretty much sold. The product of being forced to watch star treck every day growing up. :)

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  17. Sarah said:

    ha! i sent the link to achy breaky heart to the creator of eureka after an episode that i loved once.

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  18. Mallory said:

    I am currently reading this at your suggestion and just OMG is all I can say. I am obsessed with this, I’m not even done yet but it is SO my kind of book. I really adore how it’s set far in the future but it feels like its set in the past at the same time.

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  19. Cecelia said:

    Oh, you must go back one of these days and read Persuasion! It has the same EMOTIONS as this one… and I’m sure you’d love it.

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