For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: Book review

for darkness shows the starsTitle: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Started Date:  January 15, 2013

Finished Date: January 20, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars


Summary from Goodreads:

“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.”



I liked it, though it took me a while to finish it. It was hard to adjust on the writing style, she’s using those words that I only read on historical romances. Or maybe she wanted it that way so the adaptation to Persuasion may sound the same. However, I haven’t read Persuasion, so I’m not sure if this is a good adaptation of it.

There are a lot of parts of the books that needs improvement, such as providing better descriptions to readers about the world the author created without leaving lots of questions. I had to reread every chapter again just to understand about the Luddites, Posts, Reduced, and other technical words about agriculture. The characters are hard to differentiate. I was left to focus on the two protaganists, Elliot and Kai. So apparently, they are childhood sweethearts, but Elliot is a Luddite, she belongs to the higher class while Kai is a Post, who serves the Luddites. After four years, they met again but Kai is now a different person. That’s how I understand the whole summary of it.

Anyway, the best part of it is the ending, yes, it is a happy one, which is very surprising for me because I expected a cliffhanger knowing it will have a sequel. It ended perfectly which I really loved. I will read the next book if it will be about a different story with different characters. 🙂





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