This week's topic:
I'm cheating a little here and going with a book that I'm still reading. Though, it's not exactly cheating because I already know the basic story. My pick is For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund, a retelling of Austen's Persuasion.
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.
Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen story, so when I found out that For Darkness Shows the Stars—a book that I was already anticipating—was a post-apocalyptic retelling, I was more than a little excited to get my hands on it. Like I said, I haven't completely finished it yet, but what I've read so far, and given that I already know the basic premise, it definitely deserves Best June Read status. Pride and Prejudice gets a lot of attention, but to me, Persuasion has so much more feeling. This take on Austen's novel has all of the heart-wrenching regret and longing of the original with a unique twist.
Well worth the read!