waiting on wednesday (22)

I’m participating today in "Waiting On" Wednesday. It is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and its purpose is to spotlight eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.


Last week I watched the 1995 film version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. And then, caught up in the story and the language and the romance of it, I reread the book. For...what, the tenth time? It’s my favorite of Austen’s works, and I’ll admit to reading spin-offs, retellings and (gasp!) fanfiction in the past. Diana Peterfreund, a very cool local author (she writes about killer unicorns, kids) has written a sci-fi reimagining of Persuasion, and it will be published this summer. I’ve already pre-ordered it. And I might have to start a countdown soon. It’s going to be SO GOOD! And you don't even know how tempted I am to use multiple exclamation points there. It would be entirely pertinent. For Darkness Shows the Stars releases on June 12, 2012 from Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins).


Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced 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 Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.

But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…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 has 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.


What books are you waiting on?

14 comments:

Traci @ The Reading Geek said...

Great pick! This sounds really interesting and I am definitely adding it to my list now. I actually just finished reading Austens Persuasion for school so I am interested to see a different take on the story. I also really like the cover!

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Ajoop. S said...

I love the cover! Definitely haev to check this one out :)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great pick! Love the cover...thanks for sharing.

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Giada M. said...

I LOVE Persuasion! Now I have to preorder a copy of Darkness Shows the Stars, too. This book sounds fantastic! Thank you for sharing! :D

Kaye M. said...

Eeek! I already did this one for WoW, but so excited for it! Big Austen fan and I can't wait to see how Ms. Peterfreund reworks it. Also, I still haven't gotten around to the killer unicorns yet. ><

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Jennifer said...

I am book fangirling so much over this book! I can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh me too! And doesn't this cover make you wish you too could own a dress of stars?

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

I love the cover! I'm really looking forward to this one. I hadn't realized it was based off of Persuasion.

BURIED IN BOOKS said...

I love the title, the cover, the premise and all of it. I loved anything by Jane Austen and read a lot of it in college as an English major. I cannot wait for this one. Thanks for picking this one. I'd forgotten about it!!

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Lexie said...

Fantastic choice. This one looks and sounds so lovely; between the gorgeous cover and awesome premise, this one is definitely high on my TBR list. :D

thekams said...

I cannot wait for this one! Not going to lie, the cover is a huge draw - but I love sci-fi and I've never actually read Persuasion (gasp, I know) so I won't be drawing any comparisons when I read it =) Great pick!

Liz. R said...

Really looking forward to this one. Sounds amazing, has a gorgeous cover and the title is almost poetic, and so intriguing. Can't wait!

Mundie Moms said...

I love this cover!! Great pick.

Petra @ Safari Poet said...

Really like the sound and the cover for this. Looking forward to it as well.

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