Sunday, July 14, 2013

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund Review

Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Format: E-book
Page Count: 402 pages
Source: Borrowed
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars #1

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 haven't read Persuasion by Jane Austen, but I have seen the movie and this was a good retelling of it. Kai of course was a complete ass half of the book. It just annoyed me that it went to slow. I hope the pace changes in the next book though.

I’m gonna start off with the relationship between Elliot and Kai. It’s not an insta-love romance. Again, NOT INSTA-LOVE!  Kai was a complete utter jerk and an asshole throughout the book. The only nice thing from him were those letters he wrote to Elliot. When Elliot saw Kai again after all these years, she can even recognize him. Off the bat, he was mean to her and basically told her that their childhood and friendship was nothing.

The writing style is a bit slow and over detailed but it was still worth the reading. Persuasion, being my favorite with Pride and Prejudice movie adaptation, it went really well even though this felt like a more futuristic book.

Overall I am really excited to read the next book which I will be reading in about a week.


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