Saturday, June 23, 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars

Author: Diana Peterfreund
Year: 2012
Publisher:  Balzar + Bray
Pages:  402

Several generations ago a science experiment went wrong causing genetic abnormalities in humans. Now, the world is divided into nobility, called Luddities, Posts and the Reduced. Elliott North is one of the nobility but that doesn't prevent her from falling in love with Kai, one of the Post servants on her family's estate. But when Kai decides to run away, Elliott refuses to go with him because of her duty to her family. Now, four years later, a group of Post-Reductionists are trying to start a new way of forward thinking and remove class lines. The leaders of the Post-Reductionists, the Cloud Fleet, want to rent out Elliott's grandfather's boat yard to build a new boat. Her estate is struggling and she needs the money. However, when they arrive, their crew includes Captain Malakai Wentworth who is no other than Elliott's lost love Kai. But the tension is high between them and they can't walk for tripping over each other's secrets. Can they rekindle their love? 

This was a simple, almost pastoral novel based on Jane Austen's Persuasion. It wasn't one of those high action books that thrive on fight scenes and such but I couldn't put it down. The romance was just beautiful, heartbreaking and impossible to pull myself away from. I thought the language was beautiful. I loved the way the letters that Kai and Elliott wrote as children were interweaved into the story. The last letter from Kai completely and totally won  me over. 


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