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For Darkness Shows the Stars

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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
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
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Addison Dixon No. Well, the "d" word is said once and near the end. But that's it for cussing. There is no sexual intimacy, the love is very sweet and innocent. I r…moreNo. Well, the "d" word is said once and near the end. But that's it for cussing. There is no sexual intimacy, the love is very sweet and innocent. I really liked it. Although I was confused a few times, I thought it was entertaining. It's one of the few dystopian/sci fi books I've enjoyed.(less)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I don't care how cliché it is, I love Jane Austen.

I've read Pride and Prejudice half a dozen times. I've read Emma at least twice that, and I've read Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park a time or two as well. We won't even get into how many times I've watched their movie counterparts, b/c that could be embarrassing.

Know what I haven't read and/or watched numerous times?



YES, I admit it. The first time I read this book, I had never read Jane Austen's
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars

In the realm of music, this post-apocalyptic reboot of Jane Austen’s Persuasion would be what’s referred to as a cover song. As a massive music fan, I’ve developed two major criteria for what I think makes a successful cover song (aspiring musicians take note – a YA book blogger is giving you advice!):

1) The source material has to be pretty mediocre and possibly annoying. It’s begging to be redone.
Exhibit A: Ryan Adams’ cover of Oasis’ Wonderwall (sorry Oasis lovers but I grew up in t
Simona B
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When we have the ability to save someone’s life, and we decide they aren’t worthy of being saved—isn’t that playing God as well?"

And this is a selling point in itself. On top of that, Diana Peterfreund rendered a perfect Austenian atmosphere, and Elliot North's character is incredibly true to the original. I was completely amazed and surprised; even my wildest expectations didn't contemplate such consistency to the hypotext.

This book made me feel so strongly.
Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨

"People are foolish when it comes to love."
Elliot hadn't been. She'd been rational, logical, reasonable, prudent. She'd been cold and cruel and disloyal and distant.
She hadn't been foolish.
She'd been the most foolish girl on the island.

So look, guys. Here's the thing. I'm not big on bashing books-especially when a new friend took the time to make a huge list of recs for me. And also because this book wasn't bad in any way, shape, or form. It had excellent writing, beautiful tension,
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
TW - Slavery, Ableism

I've read this novel back when my "reviews" consisted in a few sentences written in French, but not calling this book out for how terrible it is didn't sit well with me. Therefore I devoted this week's Friday Nope to this awful clusterfuck of a novel. It's here.
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rating Clarification: 4.5 stars

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund is an ambitious retelling of the classic Persuasion by Jane Austen. I’ll admit now that I’m not well versed when it comes to Austen and I’m probably one of the last few who hasn’t read Pride and Prejudice. However, Persuasion is one that I enjoyed actually a couple of years ago, so Captain Wentworth is to me what Mr. Darcy is to other Austen fans. Overall, to experience Diana’s journey through the frame of reference
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Personally, I would just read Persuasion. Dystopian retellings seem to be all the rage these days and For Darkness Shows the Stars is no exception; at this point I'm convinced all these authors and publishers are all thinking, let's add a bleak futuristic setting and some moral quandaries to all our plots and profit! (Either that or the good old vampire/werewolf/angel trifecta.) Too bad you do actually need more than that for a good book - I've read Persuasion and I've read good dystopians, and ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here.

I know this is an almost unpardonably early review. But honestly, I waited on it as long as I possibly could before the effort of holding it in caused me some sort of bodily harm. I've been anxiously looking forward to FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS for going on two years now, and the day an ARC showed up on my doorstep was just a very good day indeed. When a book you've been dying to read finally falls into your lap, do you ever just hold onto it and savor the possibilit
"'What's so funny? […] That you take a little spill from a horse and everyone wants to rearrange the world so you don't suffer a moment of inconvenience?' 'No,' she said, and her voice was even. 'That I would wait a month in agony just to hear you insult me. I'm a miserable girl indeed, don't you think?'"

The lion’s share of my rating decision is always based on my own personal enjoyment of a book. And my ability to enjoy a book certainly depends on the characters and how they manage to move me,
Komal Mikaelson
Initial Reaction After Completion

Why? Why, am I always deceived by pretty covers? I mean just look at the cover.
It is so pwweetttyy.
And the story it encapsulates: dreadful, painful.

You know I hate biology. And I absolutely loathe crop management. I never understood that topic because I never bothered learning it. It was plain ol' boring. Now imagine a book that pops 'genetics of wheat' every other page.
It is a big deal I completed it at all.

The book felt like a stinky, lacklustre
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings to be honest. Like, I could give it four stars, but two stars as well. Uhm.

*has to go out for dinner*
*review to come when I'm done stuffing myself with food*
*if I'm not dead*

Actual "review" *I'm totally dying 'cause I ate like a pig so...it sucks, but this is what you get*

Ok, let's point this out: I haven't read Persuasion. And to be honest I don't even plan to read it anytime soon, so it's quite obvious that I can't judge For Darkness Show The Stars as a retelling, n
I first heard about this book a year ago through Catie's fantastic review. As a fan of Persuasion, I figured this was an automatic skip. I mean, come on, Wentforth? And why is Coco Rocha modeling a dress on the cover? In space? Fast forward a year later, I saw this was available at my e-library and thought, Why not? Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the DNF Shelf. I loved it. And the thing is, objectively, I still agree with the points Catie made -- but sometimes, you have to go with yo ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Just some random thoughts...

I love the cover, but I don't think the girl looks like Elliot... :|

Elliot was awesome!! And there were so many times I wanted to comfort her because some of the characters were just cruel to her. :'( Some seriously deserve to get slapped! Those characters made me so angry! I wish I could have gone in there and drop kicked them in the face! Thankfully, the ones who were redeemed (like I knew they would be) I was able to forgive. ;)

This book was inspired by Pe
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: love-the-cover
This going to be DNF review for me. I made it to page 224. That's all I can do, I'm afraid. This is rather disappointing to me, because I was really looking forward to this book earlier in the year. But it did not live up to my expectations. I'm really glad I decided to get this from the library instead of the e-book or a physical copy.

The only reason I would consider displaying this on my bookshelf is the beautiful cover. However, this cover is a bit misleading. For one, the model looks nothin
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fantasy YA retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, but since I hadn't read that book (I KNOW GUYS!) I read this without that frame of reference. And I STILL enjoyed it, so maybe I'll read Persuasion now and see if I like this book more.

Er, good thought? but nah.

Anyway this is set in an alt world where there's been an apocalypse because of tech and other scientific advancements that were abused, and the lead character, Elliot, is part of an old family that survived because they rejected
Anne Osterlund
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elliot North is paradox. Born a Luddite, she is bound to protect the workers on her father’s estate and to follow the protocols, traditional laws set in place to ensure that mankind never again risks annihilation through its defiance of nature. But caring for the people on the North estate means finding a way to protect them from her father’s callousness. Which means seeing that her workers are fed. And that may require planting a special breed of wheat, a hybrid with a higher yield—something no ...more
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I am a huge Austen fangirl, and my all-time favourite story of hers happens to be - you guessed it - 'Persuasion'. So when I heard that Diana Peterfreund was working on a futuristic novel inspired by that very story, it was impossible for me not to read it at the first opportunity - this is the woman responsible for a series about killer unicorns, after all.
Although it might seem like I had a lot of misgivings about this book, I actually really enjoyed it. If the author's
Note: For Darkness Shows the Stars is a post-apocalyptic novel based on, surprise, surprise; Jane Austen's Persuasion.

Therefore, I think you would enjoy this book more if you viewed it as a romance being set in a post-apocalyptic world instead of a full-on Sci-Fi.

And this novel also reminds me of a song: Wishing On the Same Star by Namie Amuro

Since it's everywhere and endless,
Let's return to the continuation of our dream together
Let's pray for the violent rain
That beats down on us to let up
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Over the past few years, more than a few novels have taken inspiration from Jane Austen’s work. There have been various modern and futuristic re-tellings of Pride and Prejudice so I was more than a little curious to read the dystopian story inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, a novel which I have come to love just as much, if not more, than Pride and Prejudice itself. However, to my greatest surprise and immense disappointment, the fact that For Darkness Shows the Stars is inspired by ...more
I am bound to judge any story that uses Persuasion pretty harshly. I can't help myself; I'm a huge Persuasion fan, and there haven't been enough adaptations of it to dull my senses to the inconsistencies yet. So it's a risk - as much as I look forward to stories that make use of it, there's a good chance that I just won't be able to let things go. I think I probably was harder on this that I would have been if it didn't use Persuasion and instead was just another dystopian YA. But it was inevita ...more
Katrin D
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
A Persuasion retelling and I have never even heard of it???

Wtf, Katrin, how could you miss that?
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Post-Apocalyptic Jane Austen!

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Persuasion Retelling, Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopian

SETTING: A post-apocalyptic world, several generations after “The Reduction”


- Elliot North: Only member of the North family that does any actual work. Cares for all who are dependent on the estate for survival.
- Kai or Malakai Wentforth: Elliot’s childhood friend who ran away four years ago because he wanted more with his life than to be an indentured servant.
- The Luddites
Mayim de Vries
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am jubilant to have found this little gem. Beautifully written retelling of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" being not only a love story but also a tale showing the dangers of the world torn between two extremities. Wise and light at the same time, and heartwarming. Obviously, a must. ...more
**NOTE: This actually got 2.5 stars on my blog

So... This is one book that was really difficult for me to review. On one hand, there were some things about it that I really didn't like, but then on the other hand the story was loosely based off of Jane Austen's book Persuasion, which I've never read, so I feel like it's almost unfair of me to rate this book low considering that I may have missed a lot of the point of this story and its characters since I don't know anything about the classic it's

Before I get into the meat of this review I would like to take a moment to thank Diana Peterfreund for writing this incredible book. Thanks Diana, for retelling a story that I love while I don't actually enjoy reading Jane Austen novels. Thanks for adapting it in such a way that made this non-Austen-ite cry at the end and for several moments afterwards. Thank you for revamping it in such a way that made me care with my entire heart and soul what happened to these characters. Thank you for taking
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entrancing, engrossing, amazing, beautiful, unforgettable....sigh

Normally at the beginning of a review, the first thing i mention is what the book has made me feel...or what i felt about the characters. In this one i will start by the thing that i normally leave to the end: the writing.... it was so, SO BEAUTIFUL...the characters and feelings were perfectly portrayed. There was no exaggeration of style, only raw feelings...one could feel how much they were hurting, one could feel the longing, an
Dystopian Persuasion

This isn't a perfect book, but it's a damn good one. As a retelling of Austen's book I think it is wildly successful and enjoyable.There is a very strict caste system on the plantations, and politically the society is rigid, punitive, and hypocritical. In a general sort of way (I know nothing of farming) the author has the rigors of running a large estate clear in the story, and it reminds me of Scarlett running Tara at the end of the Civil War in a good way: she is capable,
Pam Pho
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There have been a lot of books in these recent years that have drawn inspiration from one from Jane Austen's titles. I don't think that I have seen one that has appealed to me half as much as this one. The romance, the misconceptions of what your true love is thinking are all there in this world Peterfreund created but with a fabulous sci-fi story added to enhance the heart wrenching that only Austen can give. Elliot and Kai, I don't think I will ever meet a pair of characters that I will love m ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult, dystopian
A brilliant re-imagining of PERSUASION in a future where genetic experimentation has split the world into two distinct castes. I loved Elliot, and Kai, and all the characters. Elliot's father and sister were fun to hate, Ro and Dee and Felicia were easy to love. The twists of the plot were wonderful, and I loved the ending so much I stayed up until all hours to finish! ...more
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Diana Peterfreund has been a costume designer, a cover model, and a food critic. Her travels have taken her from the cloud forests of Costa Rica to the underground caverns of New Zealand (and as far as she’s concerned, she’s just getting started). Diana graduated from Yale University in 2001 with dual degrees in Literature and Geology, which her family claimed would only come in handy if she wrote ...more

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