terça-feira, 27 de agosto de 2013

Opinião - For Darkness Shows The Stars

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Autor: Diana Peterfreund
Páginas: 293 (Ebook)
Editor: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062114372


It's been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family's estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot's estate is foundering, forcing her 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 Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret--one that could change their society . . . 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's 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.

So, it's the first time I'm trying to write a review in english, and I'm sorry if some parts get a little confusing. I will try to do my best to talk about this awesome book I just read. For Darkness Shows The Stars was chosen as one of the readings for this month read-along. For quite some time now, I've been wanting to read this book, but another book always got in the way, so it kept being left behind. Until yesterday. What can be more fun than reading a book with a bunch of people and then discuss it? I have to say that I was a little eager and selfish. I read the book in just one night, because I couldn't put it down.

The book tells us the story of Kai and Elliot, and I need to confess, in the beginning I was a little bit confused, because Elliot is a guy's name. But in this case is a girl! The story is basically told in the present, but we are able to see what it was like when they were young, and the kind of friendship they had. The way the author uses to tell us this is with letters that they used to send to each other since they were very young. These letters not only show us what were they like, but they are also used to make us understand how this world works, since Elliot and Kai were always discussing everything they learned in school or with their parents. And thanks to the fact that they are in different social classes, they have different points of view about everything, what makes us able to understand the different actions of Elliot and Kay when confronted with the same problem.

The book starts with the first letters that they ever wrote to each other. That way we know how everything began. And it was a very funny way of starting a friendship. These letters were always able to put a smile on my face. One thing that I really loved about the book is the story of how and why the world collapsed. The DNA engineering and everything else was well described and it shows that the author took time to understand what she was talking about. Plus, I'm a laboratory girl too, with a thing for genetics, so as you all can imagine, I loved every description that Diana did about this subject.

Talking about the characters, most of the book is told by Elliot’s point of view, so we understand more her actions than everyone else’s. We see a little bit of Kai too, but not enough to really get him. I liked it that way, Kai has an aura of mystery surrounding him, and the best way to keep it that way was showing us the less possible. Elliot was a character that intrigued me and made me feel confused. I liked her, I really liked her. And I understand all her internal struggles. It's not easy to overcome the beliefs you were raised to. And she is a very strong character, with a mind of her own, and someone that fights for what she believes is right. But she is not quit the kind of character we are used to call strong. When we think about strong characters we normally think that they fight with all their body and soul, and confront everything and everybody that stands in their way. Elliot was nothing like that. She was strong because she was able to let go someone she loved because she had to take care of everybody else. She didn't fight her father or sister, but tried to manipulate them in a way that could bring benefits for everybody. She always let them step on her to protect everyone else. And it was strange to see her let them do it, because when she was not with them, she was so brave. But I get it, I really get it. And I praise the author for making me understand her ways. And I hated her father. He is abominable, and that is something that is good. When the bad guy makes us hate him, it means that the author is doing something well.

So I really recommend this book. I am also very curious to read the short stories and the second book that is coming out October 15th. I want to know more about this world.

A very big thank you to p7 from Bookeater/Booklover for helping me make this review understandable.

2 comentários:

  1. era engraçado no final da tua opinião dares uma nota de 0 a 10 ou 0 a 20. Assim podia-se comparar com outros livros que opinaste!!

    1. Eu normalmente não gosto muito de dar notas, faço-o no goodreads porque pronto... Este de 0 a 5 teve quatro estrelas. O colocar pontuação é uma situação a ponderar. Obrigada pela sugestão =)