Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreund’s take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion set in a post-apocalyptic world.
In the dystopian future of For Darkness Shows the Stars, a genetic experiment has devastated humanity. In the aftermath, a new class system placed anti-technology Luddites in absolute power over vast estates—and any survivors living there.
Elliot North is a dutiful Luddite and a dutiful daughter who runs her father’s estate. When the boy she loved, Kai, a servant, asked her to run away with him four years ago, she refused, although it broke her heart.
Now Kai is back. And while Elliot longs for a second chance with her first love, she knows it could mean betraying everything she’s been raised to believe is right.
For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking YA romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
Dystopian, ideological, rebellious Peterfreund's fantasy homage to Austen's Persuasion departs from the original in many respects, and with great success. Elliot North is a strong and creative woman, holding together the estate her father neglects and conducting secret agricultural experiments that defy "the protocols," which were established after genetic tinkering nearly destroyed humanity. Antitechnology "Luddites" took sanctuary underground, emerging as overlords of the mentally diminished above-ground survivors. Those survivors, the "Reduced," are now having normal children, and the Luddites' status is no longer unquestioned. Four years earlier, Elliot refused to elope with Kai, a mechanical prodigy and descendant of the Reduced. Now he's back as Capt. Malakai Wentforth, flirting with Elliot's pretty neighbor and being savage to Elliott. Resemblance to Austen's story lies largely in the superficialities of the plot Peterfreund (Rampant) invokes less of Austen's subtlety or social critique, and she really doesn't need to. The story stands on its own, a richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up. Ages 13 up.
This was such a beautifully written story. It was prim and proper and romantically classic. Different from action packed, danger love stories. But still a sweet love story nonetheless.
This book took me to an alternate universe. It made me cry and smile, but most importantly it swept me in to be so invested in these characters that i never wanted it to end. I could read this a thousand times over. This is my all time favorite book. Great job, Diana, this book is AMAZING.