Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Hardcover, 398 pgs.
Expected publication: June 12th, 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Borrowed

Description from Goodreads:

Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, 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.

For Darkness Shows the Stars was a book that evoked strong emotions in me.  While that’s a good thing that it brought that out, it was also frustrating for me as I felt so much anger and frustration it bled into my real life and that wasn’t so good.  However, this book was definitely a great read!

It started out slow for me and I didn’t have a strong urge to pick it up and read.  Then all of a sudden I found I couldn’t seem to put it down and I’m not sure when it occurred.  Once it did I just wanted to devour it.  However, it still wasn’t a real fast paced book, but something held onto me and had me reading like a mad woman.  Maybe it was because I was super anxious for the romance to happen.

This was inspired by Persuasion by Jane Austen and I definitely felt that with the romance.  And it was frustrating!  Not in a bad way, though it’s not really my favorite thing, waiting forever and just wishing so hard that they would figure things out much sooner, but it was nice to really feel that urge and need for more.  I wanted to scream and holler at them to TALK, figure it out, and just plan your future! 

The world was really interesting.  It took a few chapters to understand how it worked, but once I understood I thought it was pretty creative and it was easy for me to imagine something like that happening.  Our technology back firing and creating the Reduced.

Overall this was a great read that most definitely had me thinking.  As I saw how the world became this way, and how Elliot has to suffer through so much with a father as difficult and demanding as she has and with a romance that has torn her heart apart, I really fell for this story and only wished for the best for everyone.  While it’s not super fast paced, and the romance wasn’t my favorite style, I still found myself really enjoying the book.  So if it sounds like your thing I suggest you give it a try!

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  1. This is the first review I’m reading for this book and I think it’s made me want to go over to Goodreads and add it straight to my TBR list.

  2. I just really love this cover. It’s kind of breathtaking in a way. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I haven’t read any Jane Austen (I know, the horror!!) so I wouldn’t be able to relate to that aspect, but that’s cool…still sounds like a really interesting read. The romance might be frustrating, but it is a departure from the whole the insta-love in YA these days, which I like!!


  3. Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. Your reaction to the love story in For Darkness Shows the Stars reminded me of my own reaction to Persuasion. It is hard to see the heroine suffer so much but the happy ending will be worth the wait. I can’t wait to pick up a copy of For Darkness Shows the Stars when it is published on Tuesday. Great review!

  4. The premise is really interesting, and though I’ve never read Persuasion (only Pride & Prejudice and Emma) I like how the author incorporated a unique blend of two completely different genres. So glad you liked it!

  5. I really want to read this, because I really love Persuasion. But after reading Rampant I’m kind of hesitant to read another Peterfreund book. Still, curiosity will kill me if I don’t find out how she made it a futuristic story.

    Anyway, great review!

  6. I haven’t read Persuasion, I often stumble through Austen, I just get lost in the language unfortunately, but this book has been on my tbr list for a while. It sounds sort of like fantasy with maybe a smidge of sci- fi? Anyway I dig the premise for sure! Plus a girl named Elliot is really cool:)

  7. I swear I’m so weird because I love books that frustrate me! Some of my favorite books are the ones that I threw (or wanted to) across the room while reading. If a book can make me feel so passionately that I suffer with the characters and celebrate with them then it is an amazing book.

    I’m going to have to get this book now that I have read your review!

  8. I completely understand what you’re saying about the frustrating-ness. This was one instance where it didn’t bother me though. I was so caught up in the world! I loved it.

  9. Great review! 😀 Slow pacing and frustration aren’t much fun, but it’s awesome when you can get that invested in a story. I’m glad you liked this one!

  10. Heather, its post apocalyptic with a touch of sci fi. It doesn’t really feel post apocalyptic though.

    Alexa, I agree, frustrating often makes a book really good. For me it was a mix. The frustration with the romance definitely gave me mixed feelings, I don’t mind waiting a little, but I needed a bone thrown so I would be a bit more invested in it. But the form of letters from their childhood worked okay. I just wanted a bit more interaction between them.

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