Friday Favorites #9: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted here, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. Just pick one and link up to my post each Friday to share. You can use the graphic I used above, the other one here, or your own.

This week I've decided to spotlight one of my favorite books from last year. Here is some information about For Darkness Shows the Stars:

For Darkness Shows the Stars
(For Darkness Shows the Stars #1)
by Diana Peterfreund
YA Dystopian/SciFi
June 12th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

Goodreads summary:
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.

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For Darkness Shows the Stars is basically a dysyopian retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen, in case you didn't get that from the summary. ;) After reading a review I decided to purchase a copy and I was so happy that I did since I loved this book! In case you don't know, I love Austen and all her books. I also love dystopians. I wasn't' sure that the combination would work, but it did. What was great about it too was that it didn't feel like Persuasion just re-written. Peterfreund really made it her own story. Her chararcters were well-etched and fully fledged and I really liked them, especially Elliot and Kai. There is a scifi twist that was quite interesting too. You can read my original review on Goodreads.

The second book in the series, Across a Star-Swept Sea is one of my most anticipated releases for this year and already pre-ordered. I love The Scarlet Pimpernel and so I am really looking forward to seeing how Peterfreund uses that in this story. I can't wait to read it! Here is some information about it:

Across a Star-Swept Sea
(For Darkness Shows the Stars #2)
by Diana Peterfreund
YA Dystopian/SciFi
October 15th 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Goodreads summary:
Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

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About the Author
(from her website)

Diana Peterfreund has published eight novels for adults and teens, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series (Bantam Dell), the “killer unicorn novels” Rampant and Ascendant (Harper Teen), and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. In addition, she’s written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of non-fiction essays about popular children’s literature. Diana lives in Washington D.C., with her family.

She's got a long and sweet bio too (this was the short and sweet) and some interesting and funny Q&A on her About page. Check it out!

You can find Diana here: 

Have your read For Darkness Shows the Stars? Do you have a favorite to share this week?
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