If there was more proof necessary that Jane Austen is beloved and still popular, one can point to the recent young adult “retellings” of Austen’s stories. Diana Peterfrend’s For Darkness Shows the Stars is one such book. It is basically a science-fiction teen version of Persuasion. I was skeptical, but I read it anyway and discovered that I enjoyed it.
The entire premise is interesting, and there is enough similarity to the original story line to be able to follow it through. However, it doesn’t seem like simply a parody of Austen (like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). It is an engaging and clever story, and one that teens will enjoy even if they’ve never heard of Jane Austen. Maybe they will even read some Austen after reading this book. One can always hope.