Book Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars

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Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1)

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Summary: [from 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.

My Review

My goodness it seemed for a while there that everyone and  their dog was reading and loving this book! And who can blame them? A sci-fi retelling of Jane Austen sounds awesome!

While I wouldn’t say I loved the book quite as much as some people did it was really good.I especially liked the premise – some sort plague leaves half the population essentially mute, so society reverts to a Luddite culture to protect itself. It’s a really cool idea, but I’m the kind of person who wants to know every little detail. How did the plague happen? What exactly caused it, and what were they trying to do? Inquiring minds want to know! But since it’s the beginning of a series, I’m more willing to let it slide – maybe all will be explained in later books.

Now the relationship between Elliot and Kai, that was something! I’ve never read Persuasion, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but I love long-lost-love stories. It was agony watching Elliot pine for Kai and seeing him just brush her off like that. I hated him for a good half of the book for being so cold-hearted! And then, the ending! *sigh* So many feels!

The main thing I would warn you to watch out for is pace. For Darkness Shows the Stars is just a little on the slow side. It’s not surprising considering Jane Austen’s books can be slow as molasses sometimes, and this isn’t an action based book. I was warned that it was slow beforehand so I was ready and it wasn’t too bad. Just something to be prepared for.

Even with a few things that made the book a little hard to read, I wouldn’t change anything. For Darkness Shows the Stars is a beautifully written book and I’m very excited to read more!

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4 Responses to “Book Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars”

  1. I’m sooooo happy you loved this!! It really is a beautiful book! And I’m happy with the pacing. Sometimes it’s nice to have a book that’s slow and steady. This one was done PERFECTLY! :)

    • Anne says:

      I think it was done perfectly as well, though I kind of wonder if I’d been in the wrong mood if I wouldn’t have been able to push myself through it. It was very good though :)

  2. I actually don’t mind slow books. It can sometimes really work in a story :) I haven’t read Persuasion, but I can’t wait to pick this one up!


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