Sunday, June 24, 2012

For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund Review

Name: For Darkness Shows The Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Format: Library Book
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398 pages

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.-Goodreads

My Review:
I really enjoyed For Darkness Shows The Stars! The only regret that I have is that I wish I read Jane Austen's Persuasion before reading this book.

For Darkness Shows The Stars' plot captivated me from start to finish. When I first started reading, I was immediately sucked into Elliot North's world and I found this book so hard to put down! I really loved how Diana Peterfreund is able to create this awesome dystopian world, and is able to explain what happened and why things turned out the way they were. I also loved how she shows Elliot's and Kai's relationship not through flashbacks, but through the various letters that they wrote to each other through the years. I thought that was so meaningful, and it really helped the reader get a better understanding to the extent of their relationship. The one thing that kinda bothered me about the plot was that I felt that the ending was a little bit abrupt. I wish we got to see a little bit more romance between Kai and Elliot but I guess there's only so much you can fit into a book!

The main character of the story, Elliot, really is my favorite character in this book. She is such a caring girl, and even though she is supposed to follow the different "protocols" of the Luddite society, she still cares and loves the people who are different than her (at least in this society's POV). I love how she is able to break away from her fathers views and is able to become her own independent, and strong willed person. She is so compassionate towards others and she truly makes this book shine!

Overall, I really enjoyed For Darkness Shows The Stars! I really recommend that you check this book out this summer :)

My Rating: Four out of Five Stars


  1. Aw yay! I'm glad you liked this because I just ordered this along with a copy of Persuasion. Also hooray for such a good protagonist. I can't wait to read!

  2. I've been thinking about buying this one, unfortunately my wallet is a bit tight right now lol! But amazing review, now I want to read this one even more! The relationship told in letters sounds like something original and sweet, hopefully I'll enjoy reading it like this :) Elliot seems to be an amazing main character which is kind of great for me because I've been reading some novels with some not-so-great main characters.

    Rachel @ Books to Consider

  3. This is not the first review I've seen for this--several in the past couple of weeks, actually. And everyone seems to love it! I guess that's code for: read it already! :D Thanks for the review!

  4. I am really interested with this book. I loved that cover and that synopsis. I cant wait to read it! Glad you enjjoyed it Sarah. Great review. x

  5. I LOVED this one! I wish I had read Persuasion beforehand too but instead I plan to read it this summer now. Great review! :)

  6. I just read this one last week and I loved it! I definitely agree with you on wishing that I had read Persuasion beforehand... I think if I had I would have appreciated the story a little more.

    Great review!

  7. I can't wait to read this one! And gosh, the cover is so gorgeous! Thanks a billion for your great review.

  8. I meet the author! She is so nice. I think I'm going to take your advice and read Persuasion first. I'm excited to read this book especially with the while letters thing which is unique.

    Great review!


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