Friday 31 August 2012

Christy's Review:: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Petrefreud

For Darkness Shows the Stars
By: Diana Petrefreund

Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 407

It's been several 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 Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes 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 when she let him go.
But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And 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, even if she's lost him forever.
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.

Christy's Review:
A friend of mine pointed out this novel recently. I was so intrigued by the synopsis that I bought this book, a rare occurrence for me (actually buying a book) ever since I began to receive free galley copies of books for review.

I'm so in love with this story! I'm going to read it again after I finish writing this review. (If you know me, you know I only reread my favorite books in the world.) LOVE.

Austen's Persuasion + Kind-of-sci-fi + future-post-apocalyptic-reconstructionst + beautiful writing = One of the best YA novels I've read in a very, very long time (Right up there with The Assassin's Curse). I'm so completely impressed with this book I can't even tell you. Perfectly paced. Fantastic characters. Just the right amount of Austen's Persuasion combined with just the right amount of futurism. I bawled my eyes out several times. I was gutted. I had a crying headache, and yet, I couldn't put this book down.

Pick this one up, it's fantastic.


  1. I just won a copy of this a few weeks ago. I'm looking forward to reading it. I really liked her unicorn hunter series. Did you read those books?

  2. I haven't read the Unicorn Hunter series, but the first book is in my TBR queue! Can't wait to get to it. Glad you liked them, I hope you LOVE this one! :)


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