For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

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Diana Peterfreund’s latest is a book I will carry inside me for a very long time
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Synopsis

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.

 

About Diana Peterfreund

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Diana Peterfreund is the author of the killer-unicorn novels Rampant and Ascendant, as well as the four-book Secret Society Girl series. A lifelong Jane Austen lover and technophile, she lives in Washington, DC, with her family, her BBC miniseries collection, and her smartphone. You can visit Diana online at www.dianapeterfreund.com.
 
Published June 12, 2012 by Balzer + Bray. 448 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 46 | Positive: 42 | Negative: 4

All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Jenna Harper on Jan 30 2015

Despite Peterfreund’s skilled writing, I just wasn’t able to buy into the world of For Darkness Shows the Stars as a stand-in for Austen’s Regency England. Everything felt too forced, too structured in an effort to create some form of class difference...

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Bookalicious

Excellent
Reviewed by Pam on May 10 2012

If you buy one book this year because I told you to, let it be this one. 

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Alice Marvels

Excellent
Reviewed by Alice on Jul 03 2012

If you can make a Jane Austen book your own, and make it fresh and addictive, you deserve some serious squeeing accolades.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Good
Reviewed by Kristie on Jun 02 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a beautiful and enchanting novel that I couldn’t put down.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jun 28 2012

Even if you weren’t aware that For Darkness Shows the Stars is a retelling ofPersuasion, or if you don’t care, it’s absolutely worth reading. 

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Jun 08 2012

I would highly recommend it! (Just buy it, okay? Trust me.)

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Good Choice Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Damaris on May 25 2012

And although this story wasn’t really for me, I still think others will enjoy it a lot.

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It's All About Books

Good
Reviewed by Suey on Sep 05 2012

It's a sweet beautiful love story, and a lovely coming of age story... then throw in the cool science fiction... all mixed with a beloved classic. Awesome.

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Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Aug 24 2012

All in all, this was a great retelling of one of my favorite literary classics ever. 

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Good Books and Good Wine

Good
Reviewed by April on Jun 01 2012

Diana Peterfreund’s latest is a book I will carry inside me for a very long time

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Stacked

Good
Reviewed by Kimberly F on Jun 20 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars was a real breath of fresh air for me.

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Frenetic Reader

Good
Reviewed by Khy on Jun 15 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars is the best book I've read in a long while.

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The Readventurer

Below average
Reviewed by Catie on Apr 30 2012

In the world of cover songs, this book is neither original nor innovative.  

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Forever Young Adult

Good
Reviewed by Jenny Bird on Jul 24 2012

All grown up, this book is more in line with who I am now than its older cousin ever was, and suddenly, the few years age difference between us doesn't seem so bad…

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Bloggers Heart Books

Good
Reviewed by Julie on Aug 01 2012

Honestly, For Darkness Shows the Stars is pretty freaking incredible.

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Katie's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Jun 13 2012

Overall, For Darkness Shows The Stars is definitely one I recommend. 

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Nick's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Nick on Jul 09 2012

The book wasn't bad, but it didn't really live up to the high hopes that I had as I went into the story. 

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Read. Breathe. Relax.

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Jun 21 2012

The true magic of For Darkness Shows the Stars is in the intensity and suspense that is woven in every chapter.

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The Soul Sisters

Excellent
Reviewed by Geraldine on Sep 20 2012

The plot turns were really well executed not so much to make you go "WTF..." but enough to make you jump around in excitement and squeal like a little girl. All in all, this book was what I was looking for in the "fresh" category. It was something I never expected...

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Portrait of a Book

Good
Reviewed by Christin on Aug 23 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a book that you do not want to miss!

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Paranormal Indulgence

Good
Reviewed by Asher on Aug 08 2012

And the romance itself turned out to be the highlight of the book. 

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Gypsy Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Ashelynn Hetland on Jul 12 2012

Guys, I keep recommending this book to everyone I love. You NEED this book in your life!

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Mimosa Stimulus

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Oct 17 2012

If you love Persuasion and have been on the fence about this one, grab it. I think that you'll find it does a magnificent job of retelling without copying.

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Bibliophilic Monologues

Good
Reviewed by Nafiza on Oct 02 2012

When all is said and done, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a character study, a look at greed, fear and humanity. I enjoyed it.

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Emily's Reading Room

Good
Reviewed by Emily on Jul 20 2012

This book was everything I hoped it would be and so much more.

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Ashley Loves Books

Good
Reviewed by Ashley on Oct 16 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a book I was excited to read going in, and ended loving even more than I ever imagined in so many ways I never thought possible.

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The Authoress

Good
Reviewed by Amelia on Aug 02 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars was a collection of positives and negatives, but mostly positives. 

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The Cozy Armchair

Good
Reviewed by Daniela on Nov 08 2012

Persuasion was an enjoyable story on its own, but having the knowledge from the original added to my experience with For Darkness Shows the Stars, which was a great read. It had everything I expected from a retelling and more...

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Kelsey's Cluttered Bookshelf

Good
on Oct 24 2012

This book isn’t part of a series but an independant one, which is a nice break from what I usually read. It doesn’t leave you hanging at all and everything is explained too which was a bonus. Highly recommended!

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The Reader's Antidote

Good
Reviewed by Nicole on Jul 17 2012

If you enjoyed Jane Austen's novel, then I'm sure you'll find this enjoyable. 

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After the Last Page

Excellent
Reviewed by Ashley on Jun 11 2012

I’m such a girl. I cried through a lot of this – not because it’s sad, but because it’s so beautiful. It’s written so wonderfully that Austen would be proud of the retelling of Persuasion.

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Recovering Potter Addict

Good
Reviewed by Aylee on Jun 04 2012

Overall, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a beautiful and engrossing novel and a definite must read. 

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Bookshelves Anonymous

Good
Reviewed by Shelver 506 on Oct 28 2010

If you come to this book expecting a fully realized world, intricate supporting characters, or a nuanced ending, you'll be disappointed. However, if you're willing to chuck it all aside and let yourself be swept away by the conflict between Kai and Elliot, I believe you will enjoy yourself immensely.

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Beneath the Moon and Stars

Good
Reviewed by Jasmine on Oct 02 2012

There was a lot of suspense. I could never put it down.

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A Storm of Words

Good
Reviewed by Lindsey on Sep 24 2012

For Darkness Shows the Stars may not have been exactly what I expected (who knows what I expected anymore), but it still managed to dazzle my heart.

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Kristen Evey

Above average
Reviewed by Kristen Evey on Jul 16 2012

It’s Persuasion 2.0, and I like it. I like that Malakai Wentforth is a little darker and edgier than the original. That Elliot North is a little more vocal and less cowed by others. And that Baron North is not just foolish, but kind of evil.

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Mostly YA Lit

Excellent
Reviewed by tiffing on Nov 05 2012

I wanted to talk a bit about the climax of the novel, which is like an explosion. But I don't want to ruin it. Suffice to say, it's just incredible. After so many pages of restraint, Peterfreund hits us with an unbelievable moment of physical and mental excitement, and the novel just builds from there.

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Nomalicious Reads

Good
Reviewed by KTJ on Sep 07 2012

 I highly recommend it to booklovers who have and haven't read Austen's version...

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Chocolate Coated Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Shreya on Aug 16 2012

This was such a beautiful and heart-melting novel. 

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Tea Daydreams and Fairytales

Good
Reviewed by Philippa on Aug 04 2012

This is such an engrossing book, I finished it within a day and it’s probably one of the best written novels I’ve read since Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

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Read-A-holicZ

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisseth on Aug 02 2012

Overall I LOVED,LOVE,LOVED this story. I can't say all that happened BUT YOU MUST READ IT! I already know you will, BUT STILL BUY/BORROW IT ASAP!

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Cry's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Cry on Jul 24 2012

The whole story was amazing, which based on the cover of this book I was really hoping for.

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Breaking the Binding

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Jul 04 2012

This is a must read for everyone. I promise you, you’ll enjoy it.

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Skeleton Life

Good
Reviewed by Lennie on Jul 01 2012

 This is a fantastic retelling of Austen's Persuasion and the way Peterfreund kind of "fooled" us by thinking that this was going to be a futuristic tale, we were wrong in a way. 

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See Michelle Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Jul 01 2012

Part of what makes For Darkness Shows the Stars such a special retelling is that I loved much how Ms. Peterfreund made this well-known story into her own.

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Forever 17 Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Sara on Jun 12 2012

This book had everything I wanted in a read – amazing characters, unique and engaging storyline, surprises, sweet memories, and a well paced romance to root for. I highly recommend this book to fans of sci-fi, dystopian and everlasting love.

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