Pemberley by Laura Moretti takes the characters from Pride & Prejudice into a post-apocalyptic/dystopian scenario, which is a sub genre within the Jane Austen rehalm I’ve been looking forward for a long time.
Post-apocalyptic and dystopia are two of my favorite genres, so when I heard Pemberley was getting released, I was extremely happy. To be honest, this is such a different take on Pride & Prejudice that I was somewhat afraid it would be a flop, but I was certainly not disappointed by it. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down because I was constantly mesmerized with how all the P&P elements were introduced into the post-apocalyptic society. One would not imagine that it would be possible to keep most of the plotlines like Charlotte and Mr. Collins relationship, Darcy’s proposal, Lydia’s elopement etc. in this type of setting, but Laura Moretti made it happen in an unpredictable manner, which is always refreshing in a genre that focuses mainly on the same story and events.
The writing style is very cinematographic which I thought was very fitting to the type of story and the book has the perfect length that allows readers to read it in one single day.
Apart from the symbiose between P&P elements and the post-apocalyptic reality, I loved the dystopian elements of the story, such as the differences between citizens and non-citizens, the Red, the Bennet’s daily struggles, such as the lack of money to buy food, and even the alien elements of the story.
I would personally love to have more of these stories in JAFF as this is clearly a favorite sub-genre for me, and if they would all be penned down as this one, it would be a sub-genre I would not get tired of reading anytime soon.
I loved many characters, but Richard Fitzwilliam and Catherine De Bourgh were some of my favorites. I loved the little twists that Laura Moretti added to their background and how they helped the story move forward and our dear couple to find their happiness together.
The author did a wonderful job creating this storyline and I only wish I knew more about how this post-apocalyptic world was created. Maybe in a future story? Who knows if a prequel is in the works…
There is an epilogue in this book that takes the sci-fi element even deeper, and the author does have a disclaimer advising readers they should be aware of that. I have read it, and in fact, it was the only part of the book I didn’t absolutely love, so I will do the same thing as the author and advise you to read it only if you really want more sci-fi elements in the story, if not, the ending is just perfect 😊
Pemberley is not for everyone’s tastes, and readers who are not used to post-apocalyptic stories may find it hard to digest, but if like me you like those types of stories, then this book is definitely a must read. I highly recommend it to readers who love dystopian societies and therefore are not afraid of some hardship throughout the story.
Congratulations and thank you for writing this book Laura! Now I need to ask for more!
You can find Pemberley at:
and on Kindle Unlimited
Laura Moretti would like to offer 3 ebook copies of Pemberley to readers commenting on this post. The giveaway is international and is open until the 21rst of January. To enter the giveaway all you need to do is comment on this post and let us know what you think about this sub genre 🙂