Book Review: For Darkness Shows the Stars


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favoriteTitle: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Published: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN13: 9780062006158
Format: Paperback
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars #1
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreund’s take on Jane Austen’sPersuasion 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.


This is the first book that I have read from Diana Peterfreund, and I think that she’s just brilliant. I personally think that Diana Peterfreund did a really good job at honoring Jane Austen’s writing. I’ve only read Pride & Prejudice, but the writing in For Darkness Shows the Stars was so reminiscent of it. This book makes me want to read Persuasion.

Elliot North, named after her grandfather, is the youngest daughter of Baron North. But when her mother died, Elliot took over the responsibilities of caring for their people while the baron and her older sister only cared for their luxuries. Elliot burdened herself with a lot of things. And when her beloved Kai returns as a different person, her world will be plunged into more confusion and conflict. Throughout the story, Elliot is just simply amazing that it’s hard not to care for her.

My favorite parts of the book are the letters that Elliot and Kai exchange when they were still young. It shows how their friendship started and how things developed with them. It was just so sweet and adorable. I like how they had these childish beliefs and tendencies. They see the world differently as the adults. It was also cute that they misspelled words and misused words. They were just so young and innocent, and I think it’s a really good contrast to their present selves where they treated each other coldly and with hostility.

The wonderfully awful part about this book was how Kai treated Elliot, especially since I learned so much about Elliot and her inner thoughts throughout the book. Elliot was still madly in love with Kai, but Kai treated her so horribly that I felt so hurt for Elliot. It honestly just breaks my heart whenever Elliot encounters Kai in the story.


OVERALL, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of love and the differences that separate people. Elliot North is a wonderful main character with a big heart and smart mind, and I just loved her. The story, writing, and characters were just really awesome, and I recommend this book to anyone who likes Jane Austen and/or post-apocalyptic dystopian worlds.




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  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.

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