26 June 2012

Review: For Darkness shows the stars - Diana Peterfreund


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. 
Happy Reading!

13 comments:

  1. Wonderfull book impressions post! I am so looking forward for reading this book! Will do as soon as I am home on vacation. :D It's hard not to read it now but I definitly wanna start my vacation with this book! :D

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    1. Sounds like a good plan. I'm so hoping that you will like the book as much as I did.
      Happy Reading!

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    2. I hope that too! I am so excited! :)
      Thanks!!

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  2. I looove Persuasion so I have to read the free prequel to this and find out more :3

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    1. Yay, hope you will also fall in love with the book. Btw, I just ordered the blue-ray of the new Persuasion movie today, can't wait to watch it.

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    2. Yes I really hope I will too, thanks for the great book immpression post!

      Oh which one? The newest I know is the 2007 TV adaption - this one and the one from 1995 (probably the most accurate) are my favorite adaptions, both are lovely.

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    3. I think it's the one from 1995, I saw it once on TV and loved it. I have yet to watch the other version, but I want to. And I will get the new version of Jane Eyre, another classic I love.

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  3. What a beautiful way to present a book. I love to see a book with good design under the jacket and the interior. I am looking forward to reading the book! Thank you for the heads up about the prequel.

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    1. Thanks! I always look under the cover jacket right after I get a book, and I'm always happy when I discover something special.

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  4. Great bookimpression again Sabrina! I do have a complaint about your new email/newsletter though. I cannot use it to go to the blog itself. I now went to Twitter, and through your Tweet about the post I ended up on Goodreads which has a link to the blog. Of course I could go to my own blogrol, but I am an emailsubscriber to avoid that road.

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    1. Thanks!
      I hope I was able to make things a bit easier, please let me know after tomorrow's mail.

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  5. The pictures that you took are really pretty! The book has a beautiful cover, doesn't it? I've heard good things about the contents as well so I'm really looking forward to reading it.

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    1. I love parts of the cover, but not the girl on it. She is a bit too pretty to fit to the heroine of the book. But overall I still think that the cover is lovely and fits to the book. Especially because the title and the stars on the cover have something to do with a scene in the book.

      Happy Reading!

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