Monday, September 17, 2012

Author: Diana Peterfreund
Published: 6.12.12 by Balthazer + Bray
Pages: 402

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.
Inky's Blurbings:
Wow. So this is a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. I actually haven't read Persuaion yet, but I love the story and so I was very excited to hear all the good blurb about this book. And I really did enjoy it!
But there were a few things that got to me.

We have this Apocalyptic setting. I liked it and it was very good.....once I understood it! I mean there was all this talk of the Reduced and Post-Reduced and Luddites, but it took me a while to grasp at the concepts. Maybe I was just tired or slow, but I actually had to re-read some parts a few times. I'm the kind of person who likes clear explanations. :D But besides that I found I really enjoyed the setting that Diana set up.

Elliot was a very nice charrie. But she was also stubborn. Regarding the romance there were times I was like. "DARN YOU ELLIOT". But then again, the story does need it. However I did really like her. The story seemed to be told well through her eyes, even though I had a hard time with her name.And then we have....Kai. Gorgeous, perfect and very very stubborn Kai. *swoon* Yes I liked Kai though honestly the two of them put together makes for a very frustrating romance. ;)

It's been a couple months since I read this so I can't really thing of other things to complain or like about the book. The characters were really well developed and I LOVED the letters between Kai and Elliot. The flashbacks were so sweet and fun to read, giving an added depth to their past. Needless to say, I'm move excited for the REAL Persuasion as well as some more of Diana's books!  I would totally recomend this to Jane Austen fans, or just those who like romance + the apocalypse. Totally fun!

Content: Mild
(there are houses where they send all the Reduced to have their babies. There is a cousin who takes advantages of Reduced girls)
 4 Stars

Have you read this? Persuasion? Did you like them? I'd love to hear what you think.


  1. Yay I've seen so many awesome reviews on this one but I was a bit worried about the fact that I never read Persuasion, but since you still really liked it I don't think it would affect my enjoyment that much if at all. It sounds SO fascinating, though. Like the whole premise just kind of rocks!!

    1. It really does! I totally think you'd like the apocalyptic setting!

  2. I really want to read this book since Persuasion is my favorite of Jane Austen's. You definitely should read all of Austen's books. They're wonderful! I'm glad you liked this one.

  3. I also had a lot of trouble understanding the world and all of its concepts. You're not the only one! I still vastly preferred Austen's Persuasion but this was a good effort and hopefully it will persuade more people to check out the original :)


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