For Darkness Shows the Stars

For Darkness Shows the Stars

by Diana Peterfreund


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062006158
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Series: Stars Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 407
Sales rank: 463,124
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 7.86(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Diana Peterfreund is the author of many books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea. She lives with her family outside Washington, DC, in a house full of bookshelves, and is always on the lookout for lost cities or stray rocket ships.

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Simone Elkeles

“A beautiful, epic love story you won’t be able to put down!”

Beth Revis

“Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars is an impassioned ode to Jane Austen, love, and the hope found in stars.”

Robin Wasserman

“A smart and sexy tale of star-crossed love that’s as thought-provoking as it is heartbreaking.”

Laini Taylor

“Don’t you love it when a brilliant idea meets with brilliant execution? Thank you, Diana Peterfreund for giving us a post-apocalyptic Persuasion. This book is meltingly good.”

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For Darkness Shows the Stars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
jessicaclairee More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, and had me in awe, basking in its beauty throughout the whole story. The beginning was a bit slow, but instantly had me when Kai returned. I found myself falling in love with this fictional character, and falling in love with Elliot and Kai together as well. There were a lot of moments in which I cried, simply because it tore my heart. This book takes place post-apocalypse, which is my favorite kind of books. However, this one was refreshing and unique in its own way. I literally could not put the book down, and I found myself staying up late just to finish it. Even hours after I have read it, I am still having that 'book hangover', trying to grasp the fact that it is merely fictional, and I must return to reality. But I simply cannot, because I love the characters too much. I hope there will be a sequel! :)
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
This is one book that definitely hasn't received nearly enough attention for how amazing it is- seriously underhyped! It's a fantastic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion (which I actually have yet to read- but I know I will after loving this one so much) set in the future with a definite science fiction feel to it. A story just bursting with creativity and a truly epic romance, this is one book that will definitely have widespread appeal and is a must read for 2012. Reasons to Read: 1.Gorgeous writing: I haven't read any of Diana Peterfreund other books, but I have to say that I feel like she was the ideal author to pen this particular book. The style of writing is perfectly suited to the story- it stands on its own, but is still reminiscent of classical stories but with its own futuristic slang subtley woven in. 2.Fantastic blend of diverse genres: It's hard enough to write a new story inspired by a famous, classical one and somehow retain that same feel of the story while placing it in a new setting with new characters and somehow making it your own. Diana proves that Persuasion is a timeless tale, one that we can still identify with in our own ways, even if the world she imagines is vastly different from our own in many ways. Yet she instills her own thoughts and questions to it, to make the story even more applicable to contemporary times (and questions which will still be around for a while, because of the relevance of technology). I've only seen a handful of authors do this well, but For Darkness Shows the Stars proves that books including historical, "classic" themes along with science fiction actually can be combined and work WELL together. 3.Truly epic romance: I hesitate to call this an epic romance, but it's the romantic plot that stays closest to the idea of Persuasion. Childhood best friends who've grown apart because of their class differences within society - not quite by choice, yet not entirely starcrossed either. You have to keep in mind that the plot really does centre around the romance a fair amount. And I loved that this one was different - no love at first sight here! It's a gradual build up of trust and friendship all over again for Kai and Elliot. That being said, I still felt like the romance could have been set up a bit better- there was so much angst there (understandable) but it felt like it switched over too quickly so it felt a tad jarring. I think it really could have been milked for all its worth to make it far more effective- something that I find Jane Austen to be excellent at doing! And considering that the plot was very driven by the romance, I was expecting a bit more power from it at the end. I also wasn't particularly pleased with some of the secondary characters, like Elliot's father and sister who felt far too flat for me. A little too simple, and not enough depth for my liking personally. But other than those two small areas, this book is completely brilliant. It's tragic and moving and emotional, and completely nostalgic of some old favourites. But still shiny and new! ARC received from HarperCollins Canada.
BookWhales More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I was waiting for this book to come out on Amazon. I was salivating to read it as early as possible. I love Jane Austen’s books. When I heard that this book was inspired by Persuasion, I had to get it. The story is about a world ruled by the Luddites, who opposed technology (genetic experimentation). The world is bended back to its old ways after the war. The people who are involved/experimented with genetics are now mentally disabled. Now, they are called the “Reduced”, people who now work under the Luddites. Then a new line is working its way up, the post. A person, who are born from a reduced parent but exhibits no mental disability, they are skilled inventers and mechanists that can possibly weave back the lost technology from the old world. Can technology be easily be embraced again by the Luddites? You have to read this amazing book to find out. The world building is outstanding. The world, Diana had made is unique and intriguing. I was captured and absorbed in. Despite the fact that this book was inspired by Persuasion, I find this book unique. There is nothing like it. There are some terms used in the book that is new to me (eg. Luddites) The world is complex but easy to comprehend. That is what I like about this book; it was not perplexing. I also like the author’s ability to describe the scenes. I didn’t have a hard time picturing it in my head. It was flawlessly written, it was not confusing to me. The characters are well developed. They had me captured. They are unforgettable and imprinted in my mind. Elliot is an impressive character. I love everything about her. She is dedicated to her responsibilities. I admire her kindness and generosity. As for Kai, is hard to like him at first. He is a confusing young man. How can he easily judge Elliot? Though, his drive to have his freedom awed me. The story also showed their letters from the past. I find it cute! You will get to see how their friendship blossoms and how it’s like growing up from a world shattered by war and division. This book made my cry several times. I felt Elliot’s emotions deeply towards Kai and how heavy her responsibilities are. I find myself hating Kai, half of the book. His coldness towards Elliot actually gave spice to the story which in return made my blood boil in hatred. He redeems himself nearly at the ending. I thought Elliot had lost him. After all this time!! As for the love angle, it is heartwarming. Omigosh! This book had shattered my heart into tiny pieces. It was a rollercoaster ride for Elliot. All this time, their quarrels had been a “Lover’s quarrels”. Overall, this book is an excellent read. I wouldn’t mind reading it again and again. I recommend this book to dystopian and classic retelling lovers. This book is the one to read.
Bookishluv More than 1 year ago
For Darkness Shows the Stars was a beautiful take on Persuasion by Jane Austen. Diana Peterfreund is an incredible writer and I am more then likely going to go and pick up a few more of her books that she has written seeing how wonderfully she put a spin on a classic. This book was epic if that can even describe it. After I was finished reading it I felt like there was something missing in my life for a good two to three days and even now when I think about it I just want to go pick it up and get lost in it all over again. There was a lot of interesting things going on in the book. It's based in a post apocalyptic world. Genetic experiments were being conducted on humans which went very wrong and gave birth to the Reduction. There are the Reduced, they are people who are very simple minded. We are also introduced to the Luddites they are the ones who control the Reduced. Although now a few generations after the event every so often a Post child is born to a Reduced. Posts are just as intelligent and coherent as the Luddites and many of them are leaving the Luddite estates. Even though the plot and the post apocalyptic world Peterfreund created was gripping and had me curious from the beginning that is not what kept me turning the pages. It was Kai and Elliot and their past and their present that had me staying up until three in the morning straining my eyes open just to finish this book. I only got about three and a half hours of sleep that night and it was well worth it. What really made their relationship stand out from other YA couples are the letters throughout the novel from their childhood. It really let us know the depth of their relationship and slowly bit by bit revealed who they are as an individual and a real understanding on why Kai has become the way he is in the present. Another character who really stood out to me and a reason why I consider Peterfreund one hell of a talented writer is Ro. She was a reduced, barely able to speak a few words if even that and yet her character captured my heart. Overall I can't say enough how much you should go read this book. I can easily say this will be a book I will pick up often to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elliot is forced to make a heartbreaking decision. One that plagues her every day after. Has she made the right decision? When a lifeturning opportunity happens her heart breaks all over again. A story of true perserverence & deep abiding love for those she is responsible for as well as the one who has always held her heart. A fast paced page turner that you won't be able to put down!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen book and this adaptation did not disappoint. I loved it and could not put it down!
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A deeply emotional book set in a repressed futuristic society, bleak yet heartwarming. If you like frustrated lovers or Jane Austen, you will like this book.Opening Sentence: Elliot North raced across the pasture, leaving a scar of green in the silver, dew-encrusted grass.The Review:Elliot North was born a Luddite, the second daughter to Lord North who operates the largest farm in the north. As a child she became friends with the farm mechanic¿s son, Kai, a friendship that eventually grew into something much more but because of their backgrounds they could never truly be together. Kai decided they should run away together but when the time came Elliot knew she couldn¿t leave the farm, but Kai did. Elliot was the only one sane enough to take care of the daily operations, the farm workers (who are Reduced or Post-Reductionist) and make sure the farm doesn¿t starve during the winter months.Four years have passed since Kai left and not one day goes by that Elliot doesn¿t think of him. She gets a letter in the mail that an Admiral wants to reopen her grandfather¿s boatyard to build a ship. Elliot sees this as an opportunity to save the farm so she accepts in a way that will appease her obstinate father. The Admiral brings along his best pilots, one of them happens to be Malakai Wentforth, whom Elliot recognizes right away even though he has changed quite a bit in the years he has been away.Elliot and Kai¿s relationship is very tentative but also hot and cold. They are not around each other much but when she¿s not around him all she can think about is seeing him but when he is around she just wants him to go away. Kai is very rude to Elliot, he hasn¿t forgiven her rejection of him. He spends a lot of his time putting her down and for the most part Elliot takes it because she knows she has hurt him badly, but when Kai crosses the line she stands up for herself and her actions. Somebody just needed to sit them down so they could discuss their actions but then this would have been a much shorter book.Elliot¿s home life is very infuriating but the fact that Elliot has sacrificed her happiness for others is why I liked her so much. She goes against her Luddite background with her experiments with a new brand of hearty wheat that could get her imprisoned for treason but it is the horrible secret that she learns from Kai that turns her world upside down.The story shifts from Elliot¿s point of view to letters that Elliot and Kai wrote each other over the years. If it weren¿t for the letters, I would never have liked Kai, but the camaraderie they share over time saddens me when it has to inevitably end and I want to root for them to get back together, but with the strange hierarchy of the people, I wasn¿t too sure how that was going to happen. Elliot¿s father has no problem threatening the lives of her friends on the farm to get her to do his bidding.The world confused me at first trying to learn the difference between the Luddite, the Reduced, and the Post Reductionist/Children of the Reduction but once it all clicked into place it worked. The future has reverted back to 1700/1800 farm life, too many bad things happened with human experimenting that the world has reset itself and too much technology is a bad thing.One note, I have never read Jane Austen¿s Persuasion, but I could tell this novel was heavily influenced by those period pieces. For Darkness Shows the Stars has the feel of a historical novel but just set in a different time/world. If it wasn¿t for the novel saying it took place many years after a horrible war that decimated the population and landscape, and some of the weird technology, I would have thought it took place 200 years ago.For Darkness Shows the Stars is a beautiful and enchanting novel that I couldn¿t put down. The tension just sucked me right in. I wanted to know the secrets and what was going to happen next. This is a novel that I could read again and again.No
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is really unique. I totally loved the idea of the plot. It's really engaging and so exciting to read!What I loved most about this book is the great plot. The reader is introduced to a whole new world after one that was ravished from beliefs. The people now have segregated into what they believe. Those who believe that there should be no experiments done on animals, plants, humans are Luddite. There are those who believe you should experiment to enhance your life are Posts. And honestly, while reading this book I can't say where I stand. I know the technology is good cause it does help your life. On the other hand, technology can become controling and dangerous. The story line started off slow but quickly worked up to an amazing ending.The love interest in this book is well done. Here we have a Luddite and a Post fighting on two different sides on what they believe yet they yearn for each other like peanut butter and jelly. The straining of the relationship left my heart in pieces. Ms. Peterfreund did an amazing job of showcasing the strain, their beliefs as well as their growing love for each other despite what was done in their past or happening now in the present. I'll tell you right now that it will break your heart. Yet at the end, you heart will fall together again with lots of joy!The characters of this book are written extremely well. I loved how the characters are well adapted to their time. You can tell that they are teenagers yet you feel the pressure of what they have to do. The changes that the characters go through, molded them into people that their society needs. These characters will make you feel as if you are in the story.For Darkness Shows The Stars is a talented story of a young love coming to light. The culture, the beliefs, the struggle to stand on your on only to be brought down by others, leaves the reader breathless. Then a burning love saves them all. For Darkness Show The Stars is amazing!
Candacemom2two on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For Darkness Shows the Stars was a book that evoked strong emotions in me. While that's a good thing that it brought that out, it was also frustrating for me as I felt so much anger and frustration it bled into my real life and that wasn't so good. However, this book was definitely a great read!It started out slow for me and I didn't have a strong urge to pick it up and read. Then all of a sudden I found I couldn't seem to put it down and I'm not sure when it occurred. Once it did I just wanted to devour it. However, it still wasn't a real fast paced book, but something held onto me and had me reading like a mad woman. Maybe it was because I was super anxious for the romance to happen.This was inspired by Persuasion by Jane Austen and I definitely felt that with the romance. And it was frustrating! Not in a bad way, though it's not really my favorite thing, waiting forever and just wishing so hard that they would figure things out much sooner, but it was nice to really feel that urge and need for more. I wanted to scream and holler at them to TALK, figure it out, and just plan your future! The world was really interesting. It took a few chapters to understand how it worked, but once I understood I thought it was pretty creative and it was easy for me to imagine something like that happening. Our technology back firing and creating the Reduced.Overall this was a great read that most definitely had me thinking. As I saw how the world became this way, and how Elliot has to suffer through so much with a father as difficult and demanding as she has and with a romance that has torn her heart apart, I really fell for this story and only wished for the best for everyone. While it's not super fast paced, and the romance wasn't my favorite style, I still found myself really enjoying the book. So if it sounds like your thing I suggest you give it a try!
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the first pages, Peterfreund had my heart gripped in her hand. The novel begins with Elliot worrying over affairs at the estate. The family is near financial ruin, yet her father insists on living in a luxury that he cannot afford. Elliot is the only sensible member of the family and powerless to stand before her father. Despite her cleverness and the respect the Posts and Reduced on the North estate have for her, she is timid and knows not how to stand up for herself. Her devotion towards the people on the estate is integral to Elliot's character and the duty that she feels to them plays an important part in the novel.The novel is highly character driven. Elliot and Kai are childhood friends who fell in love, but they parted ways four years ago, Elliot with grave sorrow and Kai embittered. Both still remember the past with different mindsets, however, and misunderstandings and old arguments stand in the way of a happy reunion. There is little interaction in the ways of romance in this novel. Rather, it focuses on pride and self-interest. Neither Elliot nor Kai will concede to the other, fixated as they both are on their own interests. I was tormented as I wavered between viewing Kai as a jerk for refusing to admit that Elliot was right to stay behind, for not seeing the anguish she's suffered over her decision to let him go, and wanting to believe that Kai would turn out to be a good guy after all. Elliot is a strong, courageous girl, and she deserves happiness.Social mannerisms are also significant to the novel. It impacts how the characters act around different people, and it causes Elliot grief, as she cares about the people working on the North estate whereas her father is willing to let them starve so that he can live in luxury. It is because Elliot is a Luddite that she believes herself responsible for caring for the North estate, not to mention her friendship with the Posts. Speaking of the Posts, the world building in this novel is extraordinary. The context of the novel is carefully woven into the story with such detail and precision that it swept me into the story.For Darkness Shows the Stars is a complex novel filled with a cast of complicated, very real and humane characters. There are characters that I wanted to hate but ended up feeling grudging respect towards, and there are characters that I wanted to love... and, well, loved. No human is perfect, and this novel showcases the various sides to humanity from slothfulness to greediness to naïveness to the duty-bound. And Elliot is one of the duty-bound, a characteristic doubly engrained in her as she once chose duty over love. As much as I would love to gloat over the beautiful ending, I would have been just as contented had it turned out differently. Elliot once made a choice, and she has to make it once more at the end. I could easily see her choosing either way. I very much enjoyed this brilliant retelling of Persuasion as set in a dystopian world and will most definitely be recommending it.
emily.s on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me just say this. I have never read Persuasion by Jane Austen. I have also never read anything else by Diana Peterfreund, before this book. So, I went into For Darkness Shows the Stars knowing nothing but the blurb.I was stunned.This book is amazing.It's absolutely gorgeous.The writing is phenomenal, and every single character in this book bounds off the page. The romance between Elliot and Kai is something to swoon over. It's not rushed and heated, like so many other YA books, but it's almost perfect. It's real.Oh, there's so much more to say. Having just finished reading it merely moments ago, I want to gush about it. However, I can't seem to piece together my thoughts. Other than the ones above. And they are just vague, because this book is deep. It's more then just a post-apocalyptic book or a romance. It is about family and doing what you feel is right, even if those choices are not what everyone else wants. It's about being strong and sincere to yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt the book was a bit slow in the beginning, but after a few chapters I was attached to the characters and rooting for them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wayyyyyyy better than i was expecting for an inexpensive book!
Espan_Rose More than 1 year ago
For Darkness Shows the Stars is a fascinating retelling of Jane Austen’s beloved Persuasion. It’s a futuristic post-apocalyptic story, but not your average one. Rather than the traditional society losing its identity and the survivors struggling to discover their identity, these novels are set so long after the fact that the survivors have created and cemented their society. The setting is lush in detail, and the unique fantastical ideas heighten this tale. Elliot is a beautifully written character; she is brilliant with a strong heart. She single-handedly keeps her family’s land running, even while quietly staying within her father’s demanding rules. She is trapped by her own love for those around her, and her place in the world, but she doesn’t let that define her, and continues to find her own way, even in the dark. And Kai is a self-made man, once a slave on her land, now a respected sea captain with some of the most fantastical creations and creatures her world had ever seen. Though once in love, their reunion is difficult, and while they force civility, there is cold tension between them. Both have secrets they’d rather not let anyone know, especially the secrets of their hearts. But will they let the hurt, and the world’s expectations, determine their lives, or are they willing to take a risk and follow their heart? Surrounded by interesting characters and a past that is slowly releasing its grasp, this retelling is certainly unique and a wonderful read.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Being a Luddite demands a certain set of rules be followed by Elliot North from the subdued colors that should be worn to the avoidance of all technology that caused the Reduction and nearly destroyed humanity. Being the youngest daughter of Baron North–ostensibly in charge of both the North and Boatwright estates–brings with it both a certain prestige and a certain understanding of what is and is not acceptable. Years of experience have taught Elliot to be guarded and cautious but even knowing everything her family holds dear, knowing what all Luddites are meant to protect, nothing is enough to stop Elliot from wanting more for herself and the estates. Four years ago Elliot chose caring for her family estates above all else. The choice was absolute and, she thought, irrevocable. But four years can change a great many things–even as far from the city as the North estate. With more and more Post-Reductionists appearing, the world itself is changing. There are fewer Reduced being born and more Posts questioning the absolute Luddite authority. In the wake of progress and her father’s frivolous spending, Elliot’s estate is on the verge of failure until Elliot receives an offer to rent the estate to the mysterious (and well-funded) Cloud Fleet. Four years ago Elliot made a choice. Now, having spent four years thinking of everything keeping her on the estates and everything she has sacrificed for them, Elliot has another choice to make in For Darkness Shows the Stars (2012) by Diana Peterfreund. For Darkness Shows the Stars is Diana Peterfreund’s Post-Apocalypic retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. Because I was so excited about For Darkness Shows the Stars, I read it before I had a chance to check out Persuasion which allows me to say with absolutely certainty that this book stands on its own merit. Peterfreund uses an unlikely backdrop to reinvent one of literature’s most familiar romances. Evocative settings of the estates quickly make it clear why Elliot is willing to sacrifice so much not just for the staff of her estates but also for the land itself. A well-developed premise makes Elliot’s world believable and captivating before you know anything about the story’s inspiration. This novel aptly references Persuasion while also adding adornments to the plot that make it utterly unique. Rather than telling the same story in a new place and time, Peterfreund takes Austen’s characters and story one step further by elaborating on the class tensions found in the original text and re-examining and expanding the traits that made Persuasion‘s heroine and hero so appealing in the first place. For Darkness Shows the Stars is a stellar book in every respect as well as one of my favorites from 2012. Already a must-read for Austen fans, I’d also go as far as to say it’s a must read for anyone looking for a beautifully written, completely riveting story.
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I loved this book! It was sooooo well written and I loved the love story. Perfection. I loved the details and the description the author used throughout the book. I could feel Elliots pain and heartbreak. I couldn't put the book down
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Just loved it. I'm an eighteen year old college student who was looking for something to take my mind off of schoolwork for a bit and I ended up reading this book in less than a week.  I never wanted to put it down! Loved it from start to finish, beautiful story
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The author has created an amazing world that resonates with echos of our time.
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This book is absolutely amazing! I am in awe, I cannot explain it in words how much I love it. I guess the reason I love it so much is because of how much I connect with Elliot in real life. A real love story that I hope will turn out to be mine someday.