For Darkness Shows the Stars: Book Review

Novel: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) | Goodreads
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: ARC
Source: BookPeople Teen Reviewing
Challenge: None

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.

(Synopsis and Image from Goodreads)

Willa’s Rambles:

This book. Like holy guacamole. How can a book be so darn amazing?

When Elliot North’s childhood friend – and more – left their property, and Elliot was left behind taking charge of the farm her family owns, and mildly heartbroken. But when he comes back with a group of renown explorers, secrets surface, and the past is tested – and perhaps not in the way Elliot would like. This new world reminded me of the South before the Civil War in a lot of ways – servants, the plantations, the outfits, and then the tension with runaways and then what we could consider the North. I could picture each scene, each building – it was all so beautiful and vivid.

The characters in this book were so real to me. Some of them I absolutely despised. Some I adored. Some were in the middle. And some grew on me – just like people in real life do. The romantic tension was unbearable – I just wanted them to admit they still liked each other and move on about halfway through the book. But this made for a much nicer ending, which made me giddy with excitement for the sequel.

This book would be perfect for fans of dystopian books with a hint of romance, and a strong female lead! Loved this one!