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.
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.