published June 2012
post-apocalyptic retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen, stand-alone
read the free prequel "Among the nameless stars" here (told from Kai's POV)
bought my copy
I want to start this Book Impressions post with some general info on the book
- the book is absolutely fantastic
- there is a free prequel you should read
- you don't have to have read Persuasion by Jane Austen to love this wonderful story Diana Peterfreund has created.
- Elliot and Kai are both 18 years old, in their world this means that there are adults. So "For Darkness shows the stars" should be interesting for both young adult and adult readers.
Diana Peterfreund was smart enough to use "Persuasion" as a basis for her own story, but to also change things a bit. She created her own fantastic characters, her own harsh world, her own wonderful story. "For Darkness shows the stars" is its own book, a book that made me feel a lot of emotions, a book that made me excited to reread both "Perusasion" and "For Darkness shows the stars" in the future.
"Persuasion" has always been my favourite novel by Jane Austen. So "For Darkness shows the stars" had to be amazing to make me a fan of it, and it most definitely was. Right from the first pages on I was in the story, I felt with Elliot and I was always excited to read on. All of Peterfreund's characters felt like real people, this is definitely one of the many strengths of this book.
Elliot is one of the bravest and strongest heroines I have ever read about. I wanted to hug her and bow down to her at the same time. Kai is also a fascinating and great character, even though I wanted to hit him from time to time. :)
The past between Elliot and Kai is told in letters both exchanged, and I loved this way of sharing bits of the past with the reader. The letters and the prequel helped me to understand why Kai was so embittered and hateful. It helped me to see both sides instead of only Elliot's. It helped me to root for their relationship and to hope for the best for them.
The post-apocalytic world Peterfreund has created is a harsh, dangerous and fascinating one. Some people, the Reduced, are treated as if they are objects instead of human beings. Elliot is like a champion for all people, regardless if there are Reduced or not, I loved her for that. Other people are fighting for more rights. And of course many people with power misuse it to get what they want. The only way to improve things seem to be forbidden new technologies, technologies that can even alter human beings.
The love story between Elliot and Kai has of course a happy end. A happy end that touched my heart and made me smile. A happy end that was just perfect for this book.
In my opinion "For Darkness shows the stars" is a book for everyone, so go and get yourself a copy.