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For Darkness Shows the Stars
by Diana Peterfreund

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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.  Read more...


 
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780062006141
  • ISBN-10: 0062006142
  • Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
  • Publish Date: June 2012
  • Page Count: 407
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Dystopian
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Science Fiction
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Love & Romance

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-05-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Dystopian, ideological, rebellious—Peterfreund’s fantasy homage to Austen’s Persuasion departs from the original in many respects, and with great success. Elliot North is a strong and creative woman, holding together the estate her father neglects and conducting secret agricultural experiments that defy “the protocols,” which were established after genetic tinkering nearly destroyed humanity. Antitechnology “Luddites” took sanctuary underground, emerging as overlords of the mentally diminished above-ground survivors. Those survivors, the “Reduced,” are now having normal children, and the Luddites’ status is no longer unquestioned. Four years earlier, Elliot refused to elope with Kai, a mechanical prodigy and descendant of the Reduced. Now he’s back as Capt. Malakai Wentforth, flirting with Elliot’s pretty neighbor and being savage to Elliott. Resemblance to Austen’s story lies largely in the superficialities of the plot—Peterfreund (Rampant) invokes less of Austen’s subtlety or social critique, and she really doesn’t need to. The story stands on its own, a richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up. Ages 13–up. Agent: Deidre Knight, the Knight Agency. (June)

 
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