Covers are so important. They are the face of the book, and (no matter what people say) covers matter. Every week I feature the cover of an upcoming book and do a quick analysis of the cover. This week, I'm featuring the gorgeous, galactic cover of Diana Peterfreund's new Jane Austen-inspired novel! (It sounds awesome, no?)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Release: June 12, 2012
Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.
Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced 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 Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.
But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…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 has 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.
Cover: The first time I saw this cover, I was stunned. There is nothing like a scene of the galaxy to dazzle a person. I especially like how the beautiful colors and glittering stars bleed into the long gown. It evokes a sci-fi feel, as well as an elegant, historical feel. The combination is perfect; after all, that is what the book is: a hybrid of Jane Austen's Persuasion and an otherworldly society. It sounds every bit as wonderful as the cover, does it not?