For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: June 12, 2012
The only book by Jane Austen that I’ve actually read was Pride and Prejudice, after watching the A&E version with Colin Firth in fifth grade, so it was so long ago I don’t even compare anymore. With Persuasion, obviously I’ve never read the book, but I’ve seen the movie starring Ciaran Hinds, so there were comparisons between that and For Darkness Shows the Stars. Thankfully not many, since this book holds it’s own and only draws inspiration, and doesn’t copy.
Overall I liked all the characters very much. The captains were interesting, as were the admiral and his wife. I would say that I would’ve liked to have seen the admiral, but we didn’t get much exposure of him throughout the story. He took a backseat to his wife and captains. I was very impressed by Elliot’s sister Tatiana, and definitely less so with the father and cousin Benedict of course. There were times when Elliot seemed extremely dense, more so than the story really required, and that was frustrating at times, especially when things are being spoken of quite clearly by the other party.
The story itself was very interesting. I would have liked more details about the world itself and not just the divide between the Reduced and the Luddites. More explanation about the Reduction would’ve been nice, and how the Reduction led to the Reduced besides humanity being arrogant. The one thing I felt weird about while reading was that they were made to seem as though they weren’t actually human, and that just didn’t sit well with me. It seemed like more than just them being from different social classes. Like slavery, but worse in a way, if that makes any sense at all. That was the only thing I didn’t like.
All in all, this was definitely one of my most anticipated novels of this year, just because it was inspired by a work of Jane Austen’s. I was definitely not disappointed with the overall book and would recommend it to those who love post-apocalyptic and dystopians combined, as well as fans of anything Austen related.