|For Darkness Shows the Stars|
So, I wasn't asking for a YA book loosely based on Jane Austen's Persuasion with a dash of sci-fi, but apparently, I should have been. Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars was an incredibly easy read with an almost too wonderful main character. Set in a post-disaster world where Luddite nobles hold to old traditions in medicine and life after humanity reached too far in genetic engineering and created the Reduced, a group of humans brought low. Elliot North is bound to her traditions and the estate she sacrificed everything for, even if all she really wants is to be with the son of the reduced and a part of the Cloud Fleet.
I read the book in hours, perhaps because of the strangely intriguing mixture of sci-fi tech with old traditions (very much like Treasure Planet), the Jane Austen homage, or the interesting idea of humans reaching too far or not far enough. It wasn't a perfect book by far, especially with a too easy conflict resolution and the almost too cruel actions of the love interest, but all in all it kept me reading. I recommend For Darkness Shows the Stars to lovers of light sci-fi, Jane Austen twists, or even Downton Abbey fans. I also really wish it would be made into a film/mini-series. It has incredible potential, especially with the class schisms between the Ludite, the Reduced, and the Post-Reduced (children of the reduced).