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Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreund’s take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion set in a post-apocalyptic world.
 
In the dystopian future of For Darkness Shows the Stars, a genetic experiment has devastated humanity. In the aftermath, a new class system placed anti-technology Luddites in absolute power over vast estates—and any survivors living there.
 
Elliot North is a dutiful Luddite and a dutiful daughter who runs her father’s estate. When the boy she loved, Kai, a servant, asked her to run away with him four years ago, she refused, although it broke her heart.
 
Now Kai is back. And while Elliot longs for a second chance with her first love, she knows it could mean betraying everything she’s been raised to believe is right.
 
For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking YA romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

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October 4th, 2013
Oh my god I adored this. Just adored it. I'll admit, I was hugely skeptical going into it; because of the homage it pays to Persuasion, which is my favourite, favourite Austen novel. However, my skepticism was completely unfounded. For Darkness Shows the Stars absolutely blew me away - one of the best books I've read all year! Admittedly, it's a slow starter, and it's quite difficult to grasp some of the lingo initially, as well as the world setting (it's obviously the future, but what exactly happened to the world is left undefined - a huge risk but worked very well) but once you've got it, and the plot gets rolling, it never slows down. The characters were perfectly executed; both the adorable, relatable, likeable ones, and the overbearing, arrogant antagonists - a brilliant reworking of some of my favourite Austen characters. Elliot, in particular, was just an exceptionally plotted fictional character; she was the perfect mix of duty and dreamer, of optimism and regret. She's a multi-faceted study in how to write an admirable protagonist, which is a pleasure to read after somewhat one dimensional YA characters like Katniss or Tris or a host of others. And Kai. Oh Kai. I loved him, I hated him, then I loved him again - but all the while taking note of how carefully and very well his character had been written; both perfect partner and antithesis at times, to Elliot. The vast array of different types of perfectly executed characters was brilliant - especially in not keeping them absolutely identical to their obvious inspirations (which is a bit of a cop out, I find, when it's done that way). An ambitious retelling of a fantastic classic, with a decidedly dystopian, young adult twist, For Darkness Shows the Stars was just amazing to read. I love, love, loved it. Going firmly onto the favourites shelf. Go read this. Seriously, you can't not love it.
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