- Copertina flessibile: 407 pagine
- Editore: Balzer & Bray; Reprint edizione (2 luglio 2013)
- Collana: Stars
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0062006150
- ISBN-13: 978-0062006158
- Peso di spedizione: 181 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 166.418 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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“Will be a hit with fans of sci-fi romances… Readers will keep turning the pages right up to the end.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Dystopian, ideological, rebellious-Peterfreund’s fantasy homage to Austen’s Persuasion departs from the original in many respects, and with great success …. a richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars is an impassioned ode to Jane Austen, love, and the hope found in stars.” (Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and A MILLION SUNS)
“Succeeds in recasting Austen’s characters to bring her themes to a futurist society and provide wry comment on life in the twenty-first century …. will appeal to science fiction and romance fans alike. (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“A beautiful, epic love story you won’t be able to put down!” (Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series)
“Don’t you love it when a brilliant idea meets with brilliant execution? Thank you, Diana Peterfreund for giving us a post-apocalyptic Persuasion. This book is meltingly good.” (Laini Taylor, National Book Award Finalist for LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES)
“A smart and sexy tale of star-crossed love that’s as thought-provoking as it is heartbreaking.” (Robin Wasserman, author of THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW)
Praise for ASCENDANT: “In this thrilling sequel to Peterfreund’s Rampant...the strong yet vulnerable heroine, compelling conflicts, and exquisite settings should find a voracious audience in those familiar with the first installment.” (Publishers Weekly)
Praise for ASCENDANT: “Peterfreund is sure to gain a stronger following with Ascendant, and fans will eagerly await further titles in the series.” (School Library Journal)
Praise for ASCENDANT: “Ascendant is fast paced, fresh and engrossing—plus it has killer unicorns, what could be better? I love this book!” (Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH)
Praise for ASCENDANT: “I was riveted by Ascendant. It’s not only about killer unicorns; it’s also about finding the courage to make tough decisions—and to be true to yourself. I think Astrid rocks!” (Malinda Lo, author of ASH)
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It's been generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago she refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing familial duty over love. Now Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to a group of shipbuilders, including 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.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. 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.
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.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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I've read Pride and Prejudice half a dozen times. I've read Emma at least twice that, and I've read Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park a time or two as well. We won't even get into how many times I've watched their movie counterparts, b/c that could be embarrassing.
Know what I haven't read and/or watched numerous times?
YES, I admit it. The first time I read this book, I had never read Jane Austen's Persuasion. I'm pretty sure I'd seen the BBC miniseries or movie version, but it had been looooooong ago, and who cares, anyway?--Having seen the movie (perhaps) at some point in the indefinite past doesn't make me any less of a fraud.
*hangs head in shame*
There's good news though. Chances are you haven't read Persuasion either. In fact, a lot of you are probably wondering why I'm blathering on about Jane Austen to begin with . . .
YEP. Thought so.
But there is a reason (there is always a reason), and that reason is Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars is a sci-fi/post apocalypse/dystopian retelling of . . . wait for it . . . Jane Austen's Persuasion.
And it is FANTASTIC.
Elliot North lives in a world devastated by genetic modification. A Luddite, she is a member of the lone surviving intelligent people group of the wars that followed the general population's discovery that their genetic tampering had doomed their offspring to existing in a diminished capacity.
Having shunned the treatment, the Luddites and their own offspring were unaffected, and when the dust settled, pious souls that they were, they took it as their sacred duty to shelter and protect the Reduced.
That the Reduced provided free labor on plantation-like properties . . . well, that was just a byproduct of the whole nasty situation.
BUT several generations later, the Reduced began to infrequently give birth to non-Reduced children. A few generations after that, and while still a rare occurrence, the number of non-Reduced children was steadily increasing.
Kai is one such child, and Elliot's best and only childhood friend, but he left the North estate four years ago to try and build a better life for himself.
There are Post-Reduction settlements, you see, where non-Reduced people live free of Luddite interference/persecution/enslavement.
Elliot was meant to go with him, but she was all that stood between her dangerously idiotic father and the people, both Reduced and Post Reduction, who depended on her family's estate for their survival.
So she did not go.
But he has never left her thoughts.
For Darkness Shows the Stars is a deliciously painful story of love and loss, of misunderstanding, of evil in the world and triumph over that evil. It's a story of hope and adventure. And it's also a cautionary tale that details the dangers of two very different extremes.
This is the third time I've read this book, and I've loved it a little more each time. For Darkness Shows the Stars is one of those rare books that I unreservedly recommend to EVERYONE.
The worldbuilding is one of my favorite aspects of the book. The characters are living in a dystopian world where a genetic experiment has resulted in the creation of the Reduced, humans with limited cognitive skills and physical limitations. The world has been taken over by a group of conservative noble families known as the Luddites who avoid most technology and new trends in an effort to retain their comfortable positions. Years after the creation of the Reduced, there is now a growing population of Post-Reductionists (Posts) who are born from Reduced parents, but show none of the limitations. Unfortunately, Posts are given the same social status as their Reduced family members which is equal to slavery.
The more specific setting of For Darkness Shows the Stars is a Luddite estate on an unidentified island where the North family and their servants reside. The Norths have a large community of Reduced and Post laborers that tend their house and farm in exchange for food and shelter. But, the estate is in trouble after the death of Lady North despite the efforts of the youngest daughter, Elliot.
Elliot North is a very admirable heroine who is the highlight of the book for me. She is a deep character that is flawed yet relatable. She is very easy to root for as she struggles to keep the farm afloat in difficult times. Four years earlier, Elliot gave up the only man she loved for her perceived duty to the laborers. Her father's uncaring and selfish disposition makes her efforts that much more difficult as she strives to keep the estate afloat. It is easy for readers to see Elliot's desperate need to break out of her shell and live her own life, but she is always thinking of others and hides this desire.
The male protagonist is Malakai Wentworth, known as a Kai, a former Post servant on the North Estate until his escape four years ago. He has returned as a member of a shipbuilding company (Cloud Fleet) and seems determined to show that he has gotten over Elliot and their forbidden romance. Kai was a difficult character to like at the beginning with his tendency to be cruel to Elliot and his former colleagues and his inability to deal well with his hurt feelings over the events prior to his escape. He also has a few dangerous secrets that threaten everything the Luddites believe in which I wish had been given more page time. But, like his Jane Austen counterpart, Kai grew on me and became a hero worthy of Elliot.
The Elliot/Kai romance is full of history and tension. Sparks are evident everytime they are around each other despite the years apart. Peterfreund provides readers with letters between the two that show the background of their relationship and what really happened four years ago. The letters were some of my favorite parts of the book and showed what a heartbreaking couple Elliot and Kai were at times.
There is a huge cast of secondary characters in the book from Elliot's family to the laborers to the Cloud Fleet. All of these are varied and three-dimensional without ever taking away from the Elliot/Kai storyline. They also provide great background and secondary plots to keep the action moving forward.
All in all, this was a great retelling of one of my favorite literary classics ever. The science fiction/dystopian twist is a fresh take on an old story and really kept my attention through the reading process. There are also alot of thought-provoking questions regarding science and its repercussions that kept me thinking days after completing the book. I should also mention that there is a fabulous free prequel, Among the Nameless Stars, available on Peterfreund's website that details Kai's adventures after escaping from the North estate.
What For Darkness does exceptionally well is world building. It's rich with description and atmosphere, creating a completely immersive experience for the reader. One can easily imagine themselves walking the fields of the North estate then slipping into the barn with lantern in hand, or clambering over the rocky shores and scuffing across the worn wooden floors of the Post cabins. It's all so stunningly vivid and vibrant one can't help but be entranced by the beauty of this world.
The dynamics of the characters add such richness to the story as a whole and each voice is unique and individual. Elliot is multifaceted, strong yet vulnerable, sly yet a bit gullible, and intensely nurturing but a wee bit cool. She's truly fascinating as there are many aspects to her personality I find contradictory and complex. The supporting cast also brings with them a host of vibrancy, from self-obsessed big sister Tatiana, to cruel and savvy Zachariah, to loving and self-sacrificing Dee, to injured and tempestuous Kai. They are all lovely and wonderfully crafted, though it wasn't until I read the prequel to For Darkness that I fully understood Kai. So, if you're planning to read this, and I hope you do, please take the plunge and read Among the Nameless Stars as well. It helps to fill in some of the blanks where Kai is concerned and I found it helped me to like him more.
The plot itself is compelling, set in the future it chronicles the aftermath of a world rebounding from the Reduction, the decimation of humanity from too much genetic manipulation. Sounds not only plausible but scarily probable and I really love stories that take from a reality we can connect with. Society has survived but is severely fractured, leaving just two factions: the Luddites and the Reduced. The Luddites have taken over all aspects of day to day life, ostensibly enslaving the Reduced to manage their crops, livestock and homesteads. There's a lot going on in this novel, struggles with morality and propriety; a broken first love; a struggle for liberation and equality. It's chock full but never bogged down.
Please read this, I implore you!
Author Diana Pererfreund based "For Darkness Shows the Stars" on Austen's "Persuasion." I hadn't heard of the book until a read another blogger's review, and I have to admit my interest was piqued -- enough so that I bought the book later the same day.
Most people think of technology as a good thing until it gets out of hand. Generations ago a genetic experiment went horribly wrong, causing the Reduction. Humanity was decimated, leaving behind the Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology and became lords and overseers of those reduced to lives of simplicity.
Elliot North is a Luddite, as were her parents and grandparents before her. She knows her place, even if that means refusing to run away with Kai, her best friend, childhood sweetheart and a servant. Elliot chooses her duty -- running her family's estate -- over love, and regrets the decision from that point forward.
Four years have passed, and the North estate is barely limping forward. Elliot's father and sister spend money on silly extravagances while Elliot struggles to keep everyone fed and healthy.
When a group of Post-Reductionists (former servants) ask to rent her grandfather's shipyard, Elliot jumps at the opportunity. With the extra money, the estate just may make it another year. But with the appearance of the mysterious Cloud Fleet -- a group of shipbuilders -- also comes the renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth.
Even though he's no longer a gangly servant, Elliot immediately recognizes the dashing explorer as none other than her Kai. But he isn't her Kai. Not really. He wants nothing to do with his former sweetheart and goes to great lengths to prove it.
But even beneath the prickles, Elliot can tell Kai is hiding something, something that could change society forever. Once again Elliot is forced to choose between the ways of the past and the hope of the future, even if it means losing everything she's ever known, forever.
"For Darkness Shows the Stars" arrived at my house yesterday, and even though I have a lot of other books waiting to be read, I couldn't help but pick it up. A few hours after that, I was finished with what I can honestly say was a very satisfying read.
Often when authors use other works for inspiration, they loose the essence of the original book. That is not the case here. I was surprised at how authentic both Elliot and Kai felt. Their romance has the same underlying tension and passion as that of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth.
Though Diana Peterfreund has created a world of her own with different problems and settings, her book feels at once familiar. It doesn't come across as a copycat, but rather almost a companion novel -- as if the setting were one Austen may have created had she been born in a different time.
Perhaps one of the strongest elements in Diana's novel comes in her use of letters. In between each chapter, there are sections of correspondence between Elliot and Kai. Each section is from a different time, a different age. This is where readers come to understand the true nature of their friendship -- from their first introduction until the time Kai leaves. They are personal and heartfelt and help to push the story forward while looking back.
"For Darkness Shows the Stars" is an intelligent read that doesn't rely on sexuality, strong language or gratuitous violence. It's understated and quiet with moments of brilliance. And as with my copy of "Persuasion," I have no doubt it will be reread many times.