Jul 23, 2012

I call it beautiful! My Review of For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

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 don't think I can use my usual praise for this book. Most books I read and love have reviews filled with words like "awesome" and "epic"... This book was different. This book was beautiful. I loved every page.

The world these characters live in had me truly fascinated. So much that I'd often think about it, even when I wasn't reading the book. It's an interesting twist on a dystopian world. One I haven't read anywhere else.

The characters touched my heart in so many ways. I felt for the Luddites and the Posts and the Reduced. Each one played such a powerful part in the story. A story that had my heart aching at the end.

This book had it all. A completely new and different world, a story that touches the deepest of your emotions, characters that live to be remembered, and a hint of romance that gave me goosebumps till the end. I loved that ending. Truly loved it.

Four stars from me.

Most memorable quote:

Dee asked.. "And if the boat sinks?"
"And if the sun explodes..." Elliot countered.


  1. LOL the quote is kind of funny :)

  2. I started this book earlier this month and then I lost it ! I just found it under my bed, so it's back in my reading rotation. I was so excited to learn Diana is a local-ish author for me ! Glad you liked it, Amanda.

  3. It is so beautiful, you are right. One of my faves for the year so far! :)

  4. Agreed, Amanda, I REALLY really liked this one. "Beautiful" is a GREAT word to describe the setting, the atmosphere, and the romance!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  5. I loved this book just as much as you did :D I think it was beautifully written and just amazing. I cried on way more than one occasion :D Excellent review!