For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the StarsFrom 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 jump-starting 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 have a confession to make.

Brace yourself.

It’s bad.

Like really bad.

I’ve only read one Jane Austen novel and it wasn’t Persuasion. *gasp*

I will give everyone a moment to recover from the shock before I get in to my review. *looks at wall clock*

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a book I knew little about and a good friend and trusted blogger gifted this to me.  She knew I would love it and I did.  It’s scary how well she knows my taste in books because this story took me right out of my massive book funk! *wink*

This is a YA story, set in a post-apocalyptic time period with incredible world building and characters that you will absolutely adore.  There weren’t any specific characters I hated and there were a few that I strongly disliked and those were the ones I felt bad for because they were simply a product of their environment.

What I found fascinating was the strict caste system and the societal pressures one had when your thoughts didn’t align correctly with the way one was raised. Enter Elliot North. She’s busy overseeing the dying estates and everyone who lives there.

Long ago she gave her heart to Kai and when Kai reappears back in her life…HO BOY! The chemistry between Elliot and Kai is subtle and yet palpable at the same time.  I loved Kai but I wanted to reach inside the book and shake him a few thousand times for being so blind!  Simply put, I live for the drama. *shrugs*

Elliot truly evolved as a character and as the story progresses, she begins to question the status quo and I couldn’t help but root for her the entire time!!  In essence, the world regresses and if you can believe this, they fear technology!!!!  But a revolution is coming and things were beginning to change.

“Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for another person, half mired in a well of self-pity and pain.”

The romance isn’t blatant, it doesn’t overpower what’s happening and if hot and heavy is what you’re in the mood for…walk away now.  If you want an amazing story that’s beautifully written and unique, look no further.  ;)






  1. says

    umm so…

    i have no read a single jane austen book.


    haha i know how you felt about going into this without having read persuasion, that was me a few months ago! but that’s not so important, is it? this book is beautiful and addictive and SUBTLE? like nothing jumped out at me, it was like a slow dance and when i was done all i could think was, “whoa.” so glad you enjoyed this <33
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    • Cristina says

      Sometimes I feel the need to read the classics but it’s like I just don’t have enough time but thank goodness for re-tellings! *snickers* I more than enjoyed it Alicia!!! :) You said it perfectly: a slow dance and it was a stunning book! ♥

  2. Paula says

    I haven’t read Persuasion. YOU ARE NOT ALONE *gives you a hug*

    Oh I will read this. I think the Romance is good for me, I had enough of the sexiness and hotness. And that cover looks so gorgeous!!! *___* a Jane Austen novel in a YA apocalyptic world??? Yes okay, I WILL READ IT. Great review, Cristina!! <3

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Paula! ♥ Now I don’t feel so alone! *wink* The romance is so subtle but I thought it was beautiful and I suppose that’s what I loved about it. I think you will enjoy it! :)

  3. Chelsea says

    I’m not really a fan of classics. For shame, I know. >_>

    I did LOVE this book though, and it’s companion Across A Star-Swept Sea. It’s set in the same world but a different part of it. Plus a couple characters from this book make an appearance. It also has beautiful cover, which is always nice right? :P

    • Cristina says

      Hi Chelsea! No judgement from me…like ever! ♥ I adored this book and I’m starting the second one tonight! Can’t wait and yes, the covers are beautiful! ;)

    • Cristina says

      Thanks so much Brittany! ;) It’s slow building and not an in your face romance but it really is fabulous. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. says

    I’ve only read one Jane Austen novel and it wasn’t Persuasion. *gasp*<<< I gasped too, only kidding lol

    That sounds so good, Cristina; Definitely reading it soon <3

  5. Tricia says

    Ooh this was is on my TBR list!!! So glad to hear you loved it so much & it helped your book slump/Outlander withdrawal!! The gorgeous cover is what caught my attention awhile back!! Definitely can’t wait to read this one!!

    Oh and no worries & no judging about your confession! I read a Jane Austen book in high school (for school) & don’t remember which one it was!!!! I want to read some Jane Austen novels & other classics, but there’s too many new books on my TBR list!! One of these days!! :-)

    • Cristina says

      Thanks for not judging me! ;) You will love this book…it’s written so well and so very engaging. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it once you read it! ♥

  6. says

    Stupendous review, my friend! And you know that I would never judge ;) I haven’t read Mansfield Park, I only saw the movie (Jonny Lee Miller!!), so I can’t look down my literary nose at anyone, LOL. I’m soooooo glad you loved it as much as I did. I was planning on having my own review ready for tomorrow’s post, but now we’ll see. Gonna be tough to top this!
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    • Cristina says

      Thanks Jessica!!! *virtual hug* :)

      You can totally top this review…I have nothing but faith in you. *wink* This book was so amazingly good and I honestly, could not put it down. I even stayed up late on a work night and being exhausted the next day was totally worth it. *whispers I love Kai* ♥

  7. says

    I have an even worse confession to make, Christina, I haven’t read ANY Jane Austen books. Horrible, right? I’m so glad that one of your blogger peeps was able to step-in, and yank you out of your slump. I kinda feel like I should check-out the original story before giving this one a go, but if going in blind worked for you, maybe it’ll work for me too.
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    • Cristina says

      Not horrible at all! Seriously…I’m not one to judge. ;) Check out Persuasion b/c who knows…you might just love it. And sometimes I like going in to a book blind b/c those end up being my favorite books. ♥

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Julie! *wink* It IS awesome and it won’t leave you disappointed. Trust me. :) Definitely add it to your TBR. ♥

  8. says

    I absolutely loved this one. I loved the world-building, the characters, the slow yet meaningful character development that happened, and most especially, the writing! Diana Peterfreund just knows how to write, you know? I recently read her MG book OMEGA CITY (get it from EW!) and it was Amazeballsssssss. Read Across a Dark-Swept Sea soon!!!! It’s even better than For Darkness Shows the Stars :P
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    • Cristina says

      Faye I seriously adore this book and since I loved it so much I had to order the physical copy for my collection. It was so beautiful and subtle. Hands down…Diana Peterfreund is an amazing writer! ♥

  9. says

    I was really fortunate in college and got to take a class on Jane Austen, taught be one of the leading Austen scholars in the world! We read everything Austen wrote, even her juvenilia. That being said, I don’t think I would have ever tackled all of her books if I hadn’t taken that class! But, it was an amazing experience.

    I’m so glad you liked this one! I enjoyed it as well.

    Great review!
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    • Cristina says

      Thank you Ellen! ♥
      My goodness…a leading Austen scholar!! WOW….how cool is that?? I’m guessing maybe you were an English major?? Anyway…I loved FDStS! I thought it was so fantastic and I couldn’t put it down. :)

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