For Darkness Shows The Stars
by Diana Peterfreund
Series: For Darkness Shows The Stars
Published: June 12th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062006142 (ISBN13: 9780062006141)
Source: Bought Myself
Reading Level: 16 and up
Shelf Award: Original, 2013 Favorites
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
Now, I have not read any of Jane Austen’s novels. Please don’t shoot me. However I know of them and all their wonder. Let me just say that reading For Darkness Shows The Stars made me want to read the entire Jane Austen collection.
The book begins in a world where the world’s population has been mostly eradicated by genetic manipulations gone wrong.
Our main character is Elliot and she (yes it is a girl name Elliot. And I dig it.) is quite the dutiful farmer. She holds her family’s land together while her father and sister cavort around and spend money carelessly.
And that is one thing I loved about about the book! Elliot is by far one bad ass heroine. Not in the same way as Tris or Katniss, no, Elliot is devoted, loving and srong. She doesn’t kick butt, although if she had to she might. But she is the kind of girl who will sacrifice her own happiness for the good of others. It was easy to connect with her, to feel her pains, joys, confusion.
The plot is split between her relationship with Kai and her trying to keep both hers and her father’s land alive. Neither overshadowed the other. It was the perfect balance between love and duty.
Now her father and sister… Oh… They can be downright cruel. Which really added to the quality this book! Tatiana is spoiled and their father is just, well I have no words. You’ll have to read it. But his cruelty scared and angered me. And Benedict! So many evil villains here!
There is a big element of science fiction also but if I go into it any further I will spoil it. The discovery of it kind of came as a surprise. I definitely had an “OH MY GOSH” moment.
Kai. Well he had his dreamy moments yes. But I appreciated how the book focused on Elliot and her dilemmas. How far would she go to ensure the farm’s survival and the people working there? THAT is what I loved reading about.
All in all; I felt so much reading this book. So much good, some sadness, some fear.