For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund Book Review

Diana Peterfreund

Publication Date:
June 4, 2012

Harpercollins Publishers

Hardcover, 384 pages

CAD $19.99

An ARC was provided by HarperCollins Canada for review! Thank you!


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 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 enjoyed the world building in this one so much. The world divided into two distinct sides: Luddite and Post-Reductionists. Luddites are traditionalists who try to keep their way of life without any use of technology. Unlike Post-Reductionists they frequently use technology to help their bodies run faster or jump higher. Elliot North is a Luddite and when she meets Captain Malakai Wentforth, she realizes it’s her childhood best friend Kai.

And with that comes all the drama that Jane Austen is keen on writing about. I for one haven’t read Persuasion, but after reading this novel, I think it’s safe to say I’ll pick it up one day. I love reading any re-tellings, and this one was just beautifully written. I love the letters that were sent back and fourth between the two. It showcases the past in such a cute way, you can’t help but compare the differences between the characters as they were in the past and into the present.

Kai was a little rude to Elliot. Okay, no he was incredibly rude to her. He treated her so wrongly that I can’t help but feel sorry for her. I was rooting for these two to get together so much that I quite skipped several pages ahead to make sure they stayed together. It’s such a cute love story that makes me love Jane Austen even more. Yes, a tad slow in the beginning, but I promise it does pick up. The pacing picks up quickly and once it does, you’ll read it until the very end.

Mrs. Peterfreund, I am now one of your fans and look forward to your other books! Thank you for writing such a beautiful book with your words.

Rating 4/5


“When I meet a Luddite like you, I have hope for our world.”—Admiral Innovation

“Since when does being in love with someone mean you get to marry them?”—Elliot

“You were not meant to think always and only of the person you have lost. That is not the way the human mind was meant to operate.”—Elliot

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

“I want you with me, Elliot. It’s all I have ever wanted. I offer you everything I have—my world, my ship, my self—perhaps they will be enough to replace what I know you would be giving up if you came with me.”—Kai

“I have loved no one but you for these four years.”—Kai

“No matter where I went, I always knew my way back to you. You are my compass star.”—Kai

Giselle San Miguel is a freelance web designer who has a voracious appetite for reading and manages her own book blog at She also enjoys writing, design, movies, and photography.