For Darkness Shows the Stars

In YA Book Reviews on March 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm


by Diana Peterfreund

YA Dystopian/©2012/402 Pages/Recommended for 7th Grade and above

Publisher’s Summary (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.

My Thoughts:

In case there was any doubt from the above Publisher’s Summary, this book is definitely straight up romantic science fiction that takes place in a dystopian society. The first sentence certainly grabs your attention: “Elliot North raced across the pasture, leaving a scar of green in the silver, dew-encrusted grass.”, and gives you a hint of the good writing to come. The author does take her time developing her dystopian society, but it is worth the effort.  The setting is an interesting and well developed backdrop to the main story, which was the relationship between Elliot and Kai. Hands down, Elliot is my favorite character. She is a strong woman with intelligence, compassion, integrity and backbone.  All in all, it is a well written, engaging story.  If you enjoy a story set in a dystopian society, you will appreciate this book.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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  1. I like the name Elliot for a girl 🙂

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