The Not Just Jane Project: Match Up Number Two

… Actually, we’re not quite at match up number two today, guys. Not exactly.

Hi. Come on in! Make yourself comfortable and I’ll explain. The second Match Up in The Not Just Jane Project was “Persuasion” by our reigning champion, Ms. Austen, and “For Darkness Shows the Stars” by Diana Peterfruend. I’ve started reading “Persuasion” and I’m really enjoying it so far, but I’ve already finished “For Darkness Shows the Stars” and I loved it so much I just couldn’t wait to talk about it for one more minute !!!

So, you know, technically and officially, this is more like Match Up One and a Half. But since when have I been technical and official, right?!?

For Darkness Shows the StarsWith that said, let’s talk about this book. It’s awesome, you guys. It’s the most grounded, down to earth science fiction that I’ve read in a while, if that makes any sense. Stories with harsh, dystopian settings have been having a bit of a moment ever since “The Hunger Games” came onto the scene, and while there are elements of that here, I connected with this novel in ways that I didn’t connect with the Games (sorry, Katniss).

Part of that credit goes back to my darling Jane, of course, for creating a fabulous character like Anne Elliot, who becomes Elliot North in this book, and is warm and down to earth and just generally wonderful. But part of it is because Diana Peterfruend has created such a vivid, real, and earthy setting – literally. North and other characters all manage, or work on, farms. Within the world of the book, a genetic experiment – known only as the Reduction – decimated humanity generations ago, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology. There’s no Corporate World here, that’s for sure.

That’s only the most basic and spoiler-free synopsis – I haven’t even mentioned the star-crossed lovers and tragic deaths and cruel family members and twists of fate. This story grabbed me from the first page and held me tight until the very last one. I know it’s too early to call, but I have to tell you guys, Jane – and “Persuasion” – are going to have to fight awfully hard to win this match!


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15 thoughts on “The Not Just Jane Project: Match Up Number Two

    • Teeheehee. A literary throw down! I love it !! Because, you know, when people think “amb”, “throw down” is what comes next. Because I’m so tough and stuff. 😉

    • *liz jumps up and down excitedly, waving her hand in the air* guys! guys! guess what guess what? Even though we’re at amb’s I’m going to make it all about me and point out that I had a Marshmallow Throw-down a year or so ago. We’re a tough group here in the blogosphere. Beware of us. 😉

  1. Loved this one and agree with everything you said—except what you said about not connecting to Katniss! 😉 Can’t wait to hear how Persuasion measures up!

    • I was thinking of you while I was reading this one! I wasn’t sure about the author at first – apparently she also writes a series about, um, killer unicorns? But I totally get it now! I should have known – your recommendations are always spot on 😀

    • Yes! You do!! WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT JACE. Sorry, but we do. Holy cow.

      Mind you, totally understandable that Arrow is taking up your reading timeslot right now. After all, there are only so many hours in the day, and Oliver’s abs, I mean Oliver, deserves to be properly appreciated! 🙂

  2. glad you’ve found a book you’re enjoying. That’s what these challenges are all about! Me? I just finished A Brew to a Kill and next up is Holiday Buzz–both from the coffeehouse mystery series. No great literary pieces here, but they have excellent muffin recipes 😉

    Hope your Tuesday is NOT Terrible 😀

    • You’re so right Liz! Life is too short – it’s all about the enjoyment. I need to keep reminding myself that, while I’m stuck on my hamster wheel over here. Meanwhile, tell me more about these muffin recipes! What’s been your favourite so far?

      • Swirled Banana Nutella and Oatmeal Cookie–made them both in the last day or so. Very yummy. Muffin Throw-down? We are SO dangerous.

    • Please do! You’d like it, and it’s relatively quick to get through, which is a nice bonus. I’m looking forward to seeing how Persuasion stacks up too 🙂

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