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It took me a while (well years, really) to finally read this. I first For Darkness Shows the Stars a little after it came out and I was blown away by the awesome cover! I mean, LOOK AT THAT COVER! And the title is GENIUS!
Anyway, fast forward to three months ago when I had some time to finally be inspired to read it. I think my mood just fit! I was FINALLY able to finish it!
So, just as an aside, I haven’t READ or even SEEN Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which this is a retelling of so I can’t compare both. What I can say is that historical + dystopian + sci-fi is FREAKING AHMAYZING! Because it IS TOTALLY MY THING!
What do you mean historical + dystopian + sci-fi?
For Darkness takes place in a dystopian world where we find the after effects of too much genetic experimentation. It is interesting to read about what happens when we tamper with nature. In this future dystopia world, a lot of people have become subversive and a little off (?) because of too much experimentation. Also, there is some weird sci-fi experimentation going on.
Anyway, the world is now controlled by the Luddites, the survivors who have not been touched by the genetic experimentation. They rule over the Reduced, the people affected by all the genetic experimentation that was done hundreds of years ago. Our female protagonist Elliot North (don’t you just love the name?), is a Luddite and is now running her father’s estate and is trying her best not to make things fall apart. That is until Kai, her childhood friend and love of her life comes back.
Love Between Classes
If you have been a follower of my posts, you would know that I absolutely LOVE this type of trope! Elliot refused to run away with Kai. Now that he has come back, he is now out for revenge! Oh, the drama!
But Kai is just soooo MEAN!
So, I totally understand the guy-hurt-and-is-now-out-for-revenge-to-the-girl-who-broke-his-heart thing BUT, you can’t be THAT EVIL? And yes, I call that evil. The bad thing about Kai is that HE WAS JUST MEAN LIKE 90% of the story! I mean, I totally get WHY but if there is a romance here, I don’t want it to be spent being mean!
So, POOR Elliot
Elliot has her reasons and I think they are legit reasons not to run away with Kai. So, I really feel bad for her. I see her as kind and self-sacrificing and Kai DID NOT see that. Did I just say he was MEAN?
The historical parallels
I absolutely LOVE the historical parallels in this book. And although it is sci-fi, I can see the historical 1800ss references. From the estate to the servants, to how their society really works, it felt like the past all over again. Which I thought was VERY INGENIOUS! I love how Peterfreund wrote it this way.
Although the romance sucked, I love the whole world Peterfreund created. It was super interesting and the characters are well fleshed out.
So yes, I am definitely glad that this is NOT a series, but a stand-alone book and I can’t wait to read its companion, Across a Star Swept Sea.
If you haven’t read Persuasion, I would recommend reading it! I mean, I haven’t and this book REALLY made me want to read it!
Also, totally not YA but Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas is a FANTASTIC romance between two childhood friends who belong to a different class.
Have you read Persuasion by Jane Austen? Do you think I should read it?
Have you read For Darkness Shows the Stars? How do you think it is as a retelling of Persuasion?
Bookworm Brandee says
I’ll have to pick up a copy of this as it sounds like a good read and I love the historical parallel to Persuasion. Plus, I agree with you about that cover! 😉 As for Persuasion, I recommend reading it. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and Persuasion is top 3 or 4 in my book. 🙂
Thanks for the rec, Brandee! 🙂 I have to admit that I haven’t read ANY Jane Austen books… REALLY!
Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!) says
Ahhh, wasn’t this book great? It took me a year or so to read it, but I loved it. The companion sequel is even better (more romance, hehehe – but there were other factors that made it even more incredible than book one). This book was so unique – the world-building was incredible! I love Peterfreund’s writing too. I wouldn’t mind seeing another companion novel in this series, but I think that shipped has sailed. D: Ah well! In any case, I’m glad you liked this one, Zeee. I hope you love Across A Star-Swept Sea!
Wonderful review. =)
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I’m still dragging my feet for Across A Star-Swept Sea! I already have a copy so hopefully I will be able to read it! 🙂 AND YES MORE ROMANCE!
I do agree that Peterfreund’s world building is amazing!