Part dystopian future, part teenage love story, all Jane Austen

For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Part dystopian future, part teenage love story, part philosophical debate on whether a man’s reach should or should not exceed his grasp and what either might mean to the larger community of mankind (but don’t let that scare you), told through a clever replotting of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

Well into a post-apocalyptic future Earth history, Luddite Elliot refuses to run away with Post Kai, choosing to sacrifice her own happiness to ensure the survival of the Reduced workers on her family estate. Four years later Kai returns triumphant, rich and successful beyond their wildest youthful dreams. Elliot still loves him, he appears to hate her, and his intelligent, able Post companions only emphasize the differences between his life and hers, spent everlastingly cleaning up after her spoiled sister, her cruel father and her wicked cousin.

Horror and Jane don’t pass the smell test for me, but science fiction and Jane sure did. I especially enjoyed that Anne — sorry, Elliot — got to have a job and to do it well.

Note: My book club is going to be reading and discussing this book together with Austen’s Persuasion later this year.

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3 thoughts on “Part dystopian future, part teenage love story, all Jane Austen

  1. I do understand “the hook” Principle, but if you must employ one you should have your next volume well in hand. You don’t leave your readers hanging for year(s). Tsk, tsk.


  2. Susan Guyett says:

    Hi, Ms. Stabenow! I’m sure you’ve gotten lots of emails like this, but are you going to write another book? I just finished Bad Blood and hate how you left us hanging. In fact, I just read the entire series, maybe I will get some sewing done now- lol. I want to thank you for giving me such a good picture of Alaska. Because of your books, my husband and I are visiting there next June. It has been 3 years since Bad Blood. Hopefully another coming soon?
    Your fan,
    Susan Guyett

    Sent from my iPhone


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