For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana PeterfreundFor Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows The Stars

byDiana Peterfreund

Paperback | July 2, 2013

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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.

Diana Peterfreund is the author of many books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimedFor Darkness Shows the StarsandAcross 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.
Title:For Darkness Shows The StarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062006150

ISBN - 13:9780062006158


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a beautiful book 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.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The pacing was too slow with stupid unrequited love For Darkness Shows the Stars totally bought me with the cover. Isn't the cover gorgeous, though? Sadly, this book didn't live up to my expectations. There were things that I liked but overall the pace really slowed down the story and things would get boring. I liked the idea of how the humans develop technology to make themselves gods. That's the story of how the Reduction came about. The ending of this book was good and I was happy Elliot made a good decision in her life to fulfill her dreams. The romance was a bit baffling. One minute, Kai hates her and the next he's begging to fly away with her.. I mean, what the hell?! I do not understand this :s The synopsis said this is inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion. I cannot say how they're alike since I've never read Persuasion. I do like Jane Austen books though so I need to pick that one up. The bad thing about this one is that the pacing was too slow for me. I grew really bored at times (actually, most of the time) and I kept waiting for Elliot to stop blubbering about her unrequited love toward Kai. Elliot was a bit annoying because she was going on and onnn about how Kai changed and he wasn't the same and blah blah blah. Every time, something she wasn't expecting happens (breaking the law), she would run out the door and vent out her feelings. She does the exact same thing. She has broken the law before. And she's disgusted toward her childhood best friend for that? She's such a hypocrite!! Sadly, the bad points override the good ones and I'm not satisfied with this book. I will pick up the next though in hope that it turns out better.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Loved This Post-Apocalyptic Retelling! For Darkness Shows the Stars is a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion I won't soon forget! Diana Peterfreund's prose is absolutely gorgeous, and the words seemed to flow effortlessly off the page. I loved everything about this novel– if you still haven't read it yet, then you're truly missing out! Elliot North is the kind of heroine you don't come across very often. Four years ago, she gave up her chance for love in favour of duty to her family and protecting the workers on the North estate. While Elliot has struggled to keep their floundering estate afloat, Kai has explored the world with the Cloud Fleet and returns as the renowned Captain Malakai Wentforth. He reenters Elliot's life as an almost unrecognizable person: distant, cold and determined to forget just how close they used to be in the past. Even without the interspersed exchange of Elliot and Kai's childhood letters scattered throughout the narrative, you can immediately tell they have history. Every glance, remark, and touch carries a certain significance whenever they're together. Elliot has never gotten over her feelings for Kai, but even though her heart still yearns to be with him, she can't just shirk her responsibilities. They used to be best friends, but even though Kai is back for now, he has never seemed so far away from her reach. I would be undermining the amazingness of For Darkness Shows the Stars if I only described it as romantic because the novel is so much more that. It's also a beautiful coming-of-age tale and the study of a society's evolving way of life. Despite her efforts, Elliot's father is strict and and set in his elitist ways, trying to live a lifestyle he can no longer afford with no concept of hard work. Elliot is torn between clinging to old Luddite traditions and the emerging modernist society made up of progressive Post-Reductionists. Even in the pitch dark of night, the shining stars in the sky will always lead you home... Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars is one of those hidden gems you stumble across and treasure once you're finished reading. I'm also so excited to read Diana Peterfreund's Across a Star-Swept Sea later this year, which is centered on new characters, but set within the same world as For Darkness Shows the Stars. You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2013-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely beautiful What a gorgeous and heart wrenching novel. If my reviews were only one sentence that would be the sentence for this book. But my reviews are more than one sentence, so let me elaborate. For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post apocalyptic adaptation of Persuasion, was a book I was expecting to like. It sounded fun and interesting and right up my alley. I was not, however, expecting to love this book (probably because I’m not a huge Austen fan). But as my recent re-watch of Grey’s Anatomy has taught me – you can’t choose who (or in this case what) you fall in love with. For Darkness Shows the Stars starts off strong with a unique take on the future. Human beings, obsessed with technology, pushed the limits of our species too far, resulting in catastrophe. In response, they reverted back to an almost pre-industrial state of living. They still have tractors and some other basic equipment, but there are now inventors, great scientists, or even musicians or artists. Life has basically stalled. I thought this was really interesting for two reasons. 1) It was a fantastic comment on both our addiction to technology and our fear of it and 2) though this world was completely imaginary it did not seem like a huge stretch of the imagination. Her world building was smart and believable and I was completely immersed in it. And then there was the romance – or maybe I should say lack of romance? Suspension of romance? Whatever the correct terminology, the story of Elliot and Kai made my heart beat faster and tears well up in my eyes. It was just so tragic! When presented with the opportunity to run away with the boy she loves, Elliot turns him down out of a sense of responsibility. Four years later, Kai returns, successful and proud and determined to make Elliot feel sorry for her decision. They were both hurt and cruel, and neither was truly an innocent party. And best of all (for us the readers) is that there weren’t any easy answers. Their problems didn’t magically disappear and the obstacles keeping them apart were real things they needed to confront. I truly didn’t know what would happen until the very last pages of the novel. So between the genius setting and the heart breaking romance, this novel had me hook, line and sinker. Though I can’t say I loved all the characters or approved of all their choices, it didn’t seem to matter. This is story telling at it’s best. And to top it all off, it’s even convinced me to give Miss Austen another chance. Final recommendation: Recommended for fans of romance and those who enjoy writers like the Brontes, Jane Austen etc. Not recommended for those looking for just another YA dystopia/post apocalyptic novel. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books -
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After 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.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! A dystopian novel with slight shades of steampunk with a sprinkling of Jane Austen to boot! This book could have easily ended up an ungainly mess with the mix of these very different genres but the author skillfully weaves the threads into a well written, interesting and unique story. I look forward to reading more about the world that has been created.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So, so, so WONDERFUL! I loved (loved! loved! loved!) For Darkness Shows the Stars. I have pretty much nothing but good to say about it, so please, bear with me. (And, even better, go out and get a copy for yourself to read! You won’t regret it!) For Darkness Shows the Stars is a loose retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel Persuasion, which is what first caught my attention. Now, I’ll be honest; I haven’t read Persuasion and I know I should, but I really enjoy Austen’s other works. I’ve seen a lot of Pride and Prejudice retellings, even some Emma retellings, but no Persuasion retellings so I thought that might make this unique. And it really, really is. It’s about young Elliot North, eighteen years old when the novel starts and struggling to keep the family farm from completely falling apart. Her father is pretty inept and her sister doesn’t really care about anything farm related. They’ve hit hard times ever since her mother died and now she’s struggling to keep everything afloat. Four years ago she refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, Kai, and even now some part of her regrets it. Soon she finds herself forced to rent out her grandfather’s shipyard to the Cloud Fleet, a mysterious band of explorers and shipbuilders and among them she finds Captain Malakai Wentforth – her long lost love all grown up. And he seems very determined to make her realize what she gave up all those years ago. This beautiful world that Diana Peterfreund has created is something so tragic and difficult and... simple. There isn’t a lot of technology, there isn’t an overly complicated government system, there isn’t an overly complicated history that I have to understand in order to understand the story. And she doesn’t bore the reader with details that are irrelevant to us. Her use of language is so descriptive, so dead on, that I had no difficulty painting a picture in my mind of what was happening and where it was happening. Her grasp of characterization was solid; all of the characters had a real personality, a real life story. They were detailed and alive, real flesh and bone human beings. Elliot does the right thing, even if in her heart she regrets it. But sometimes the ‘right thing’ runs contrary to what her society would tell her. Sometimes the ‘right thing’ is dangerous. And yet it’s worth it to her to do it anyway, because she takes care of the people that she loves. The people that she is responsible for. Kai is angry and bitter, but I can understand why. Sometimes he steps out of line, does or says something he shouldn’t have. He’s flawed and I love that about him. And yet he has a good, strong heart and he loves Elliot even after all these years. I suppose I can’t give Diana Peterfreund all the credit for the wonderful plot; she did after all borrow from Austen. And yet despite that, she managed to make it wholly her own; there are some nice big secrets and scandals that are clearly not from Austen’s novel. I will have absolutely no problem recommending this book to everyone. I really, really love it.
Date published: 2012-06-08

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