Review: For Darkness Shows The Stars
May • 1 • 2012
Title: For Darkness Shows The Stars
Genre: Young Adult-Dystopian
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Publisher: Balzer + Brazy
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher
“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.”
This book is really unique. I totally loved the idea of the plot. It’s really engaging and so exciting to read!
What I loved most about this book is the great plot. The reader is introduced to a whole new world after one that was ravished from beliefs. The people now have segregated into what they believe. Those who believe that there should be no experiments done on animals, plants, humans are Luddite. There are those who believe you should experiment to enhance your life are Posts. And honestly, while reading this book I can’t say where I stand. I know the technology is good cause it does help your life. On the other hand, technology can become controling and dangerous. The story line started off slow but quickly worked up to an amazing ending.
The love interest in this book is well done. Here we have a Luddite and a Post fighting on two different sides on what they believe yet they yearn for each other like peanut butter and jelly. The straining of the relationship left my heart in pieces. Ms. Peterfreund did an amazing job of showcasing the strain, their beliefs as well as their growing love for each other despite what was done in their past or happening now in the present. I’ll tell you right now that it will break your heart. Yet at the end, you heart will fall together again with lots of joy!
The characters of this book are written extremely well. I loved how the characters are well adapted to their time. You can tell that they are teenagers yet you feel the pressure of what they have to do. The changes that the characters go through, molded them into people that their society needs. These characters will make you feel as if you are in the story.
For Darkness Shows The Stars is a talented story of a young love coming to light. The culture, the beliefs, the struggle to stand on your on only to be brought down by others, leaves the reader breathless. Then a burning love saves them all. For Darkness Show The Stars is amazing!
I give it 5 BITES!