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For Darkness Shows the Stars - Diana Peterfreund After a genetic experiment gone awry results in a generation of mentally "Reduced" citizens, the nobility turn their backs on progress and technology. Elliot North runs her family's estate, manages the Reduced who work their land, and wonders if she missed her chance for happiness. When her childhood sweetheart Kai, a "Post Reduced," left the North estate to seek his fortune, he asked Elliot to join him, but she refused, choosing duty over love. Years later, the North family struggles to maintain their estate, so Eliot agrees to rent land to a group of Post-Reduced, one of whom is none other than Kai.This book is a retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. In a nutshell, Persuasion is about Anne Elliot, a young girl whose snobbish friends and family convince her to reject a suitor because he is beneath her socially. Seven years later, Anne's family is reduced (hmm, perhaps a play on words here?) in circumstances and Anne re-encounters her former suitor, now wealthy and aloof.I loved the way For Darkness Shows the Stars translated the rigid social world of nineteenth-century England to a new, futuristic setting. Class and social mobility are major themes in Persuasion, and I found the caste system in For Darkness Shows The Stars both original and fascinating. The Luddite elites treat the Reduced in ways that range from benevolent paternalism to outright abuse. I also liked the genetic manipulation storyline, which raised timely questions about some of the benefits and threats of science and progress.As a main character, Elliot is a HUGE improvement on the wishy-washy Anne. I loved watching her run the family estate, manage her family, and try to protect her still broken heart.Read the full review on my blog:For Darkness Shows The Stars