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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

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Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 12 June 2012
Series or Standalone: Standalone (plus a prequel)
ISBN: 0062006142 
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 402

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Place(s) Traveled to: North Estate // Boatwright Estate

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Elliot North raced across the pasture, leaving a scar of green in the silver, dew-encrusted grass.

Related Post: Among the Nameless Stars by Diana Peterfreund – the prequel story can be read here. (link takes you to external site)

In case you haven’t notice I’ve been on a Diana Peterfreund kick lately. Since I was finding it hard to move on from her Ivy League series I thought the best thing to get over it might to read For Darkness Shows the Stars. This book is a dystopian retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion which I recently re-read and reviewed here. If you liked Persuasion then I think that you are going to like what Peterfreund did with the story. She has kept the essence of the story and also breathed new life into it to make it into something new and wonderful. This was a book that I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with but that is exactly what happened. 

Before reading For Darkness Shows the Stars I did read the prequel, Among the Nameless Stars. While its not necessary to read to enjoy For Darkness it was good to see part of what Kai went through immediately after leaving the North estate four years previous. Its always nice to know part of a characters motivations and I did enjoy seeing things from his POV. It also helped me to understand a little bit of the choices he made in this story. 

I really loved what Peterfreund did with the story that Jane Austen created and I really enjoyed the dystopian aspect of the world. I’ve been getting tired of dystopian books of late but this I enjoyed. I liked how there wasn’t blind acceptance for the world and that there were little bits of history on how it came to be. I like how even with the rigid society that was established after the end of the world that things were starting to change as times change. It was a natural progression of events and totally believable. I liked how this book made me feel all the things and how the letter in this book was right up there with Austen’s. 

The only thing that was a little off for me was the other letters that would appear between chapters. I think I would have preferred if they were in more of a chronological order instead of jumping back and forth in time. Also, at times the subject of said letters seemed to be just a ruse to explain how things are in the now or a convenient way to move the plot along. Overall, though I fell hard for this story and read it in a single day. I loved the characters and the story and I just wanted it to go on forever. As I said above, if you liked Persuasion then you will like this book. Peterfreund does Austen proud with this re-telling.

One Response to “Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund”

  1. Khy

    LOVE THIS BOOK! Glad you did too. I’m also glad the prequel is good, since I still haven’t got around to it. Terrible, I know; I’m staring at myself in hopes for motivation.