… 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?!?
With 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!