Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana PeterfreundRelease Date: June 12, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
IBSN: 9780062006141

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.


I never read Persuasion. To be absolutely honest with you, I’ve never read a Jane Austin book. But I have read Rampant and Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund and loved them. I’ve been excited about For Darkness Shows the Stars ever since I heard about it. I love it when authors I already adore venture into the dystopian world. It does set some pretty high expectations, though. For Darkness Shows the Stars met every one of mine.

I knew from the very first page that I was going to love this, but with every chapter it made me fall for it even more. The world building might not be as complex as other dystopians out there but I was very fascinated by it. The Luddites, Reduced, and Posts were unlike anything I have ever read before. It was so unique.

The story is very character driven. It’s about Elliot overcoming what she’s been taught all her life. She struggles with it quite a lot and that was really believable. There isn’t as much romance as I was expecting. It’s really one of those back and forth, too prideful to say what you really mean, kind of things. That usually drives me crazy, but I was so invested in Elliot’s family issues and her problems with the farm that I didn’t mind at all. Elliot was a great protagonist. She was strong and stood up for what was right. It would be hard to find any faults with her.

Overall, I really loved the book. My only complaint would be that things came together rather quickly and tidy in the end, but that wasn’t a big deal. Who doesn’t love a happily ever after? If you’re tired of the same ol’ dystopia For Darkness Shows the Stars will be like a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend it.


  1. Cool! Awesome review. I like character-driven stories, though in dystopians world-building is equally important. I hope I enjoy this one too!

  2. This sounds like a great book. I love dystopians so I will have to check this one out. Character driven books are my favorite too. Not that I don’t enjoy plot and everything, but I love getting attached to the characters.
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  3. So glad to see that you loved it! It definitely does sound like a breath of fresh air. I’ll be sure to look out for this one once it releases :)

    Great review, Lori! 
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  4. Amazing review Lori! This book is one that I have been wanting to read! After I am not “book banning” any more I am def going to get this one!! =D

    Happy Reading
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  5. Great review! I didn’t know this was inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Now I want to read it even more :)
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  6. I can’t wait to read this- ever since I heard that it’s based on Persuasion! And to have it dystopian– I cannot wait! 

    Great review! 
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  7. I haven’t read Persuasion either, or any other Jane Austen books…. but I have to admit, this book sounds intriguing.

    I am not getting tired of the same ole’ dystopian, but, I love dystopians that are really different from the normal ones!

    Alright, even though I know I probably won’t be buying it (maybe I will this summer, am crossing my fingers), I hope my library will be getting it.

    By the way, you’ve gained a new stalker, Lori! Keep up the GREAT posts!
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  8. Oh so this is a Stand alone? I really love the sound of combining genetics and dystopian and one race that survived. I’m a little sad about the tiny amount of romance you mentioned, I always lov a good love story! Great Review! 
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    • Yes, I’m pretty sure it’s a stand alone! There’s romance…it’s just the pining after each other and not communicating well kind. :)

  9. I’m pretty much desperate to read this book!! It looks SO GOOD! I’m also a Jane Austen fanatic, so when I saw that it was based on PERSUASION, I sorta freaked out. haha And so glad that this is good. I was concerned since I’m not a huge dystopian fan. Good to know it’s not like a lot of others.
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  10. I’m glad you liked it! I haven’t read it yet, but I really want to, so every positive review I see for it makes me even more excited to get to it!

  11. I am so excited about this book! I loved Persuasion so I am eager to give this a try. I hope you will someday try the original book :) Things wrap up pretty quickly at the end in Persuasion too.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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  12. Oh I cant wait to read this! And character driven has me even more excited!
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  13. I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned in your review, but I am interested nonetheless. The cover is really pureetttyy and I really like books that you can say “I’ve never read anything like it” when you’ve finished. unique is good :)
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