For Darkness Shows the Stars \\ spoiler-free book review

For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #1)

Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Genre: Dystopian

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Hardcover


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.

I’ve never read anything by Jane Austen. And this book hasn’t made me want to.

The whole premise, more or less, is that Elliot is about to see Kai again after, like, four years, after their falling out. And that could pass as the synopsis bc this book isn’t really about anything else.

Sure there was a whole world, but I don’t even know if they’re on an island, or a coast, or what the land looks like, or if their island\continent is the ONLY ONE…everything was so vague. The descriptions seemed intentionally mysterious, which just left me begging for details. It was the same with the caste system.

Also there as whole thing about genetically modified humans, and yet I didn’t know that until 55% into the book because it just ALLUDED to it instead of JUST SAYING IT OUTRIGHT.

So yeah. -5 rating for the world building.

And as far as the romance…I DON’T GET IT.

First of all, Kai spends 80% of the book being a douche to Elliot because of a four-year-old grudge, and not even a justifiable one. He asked a stupid question, got an obvious answer, and then was bitter about it.

And Elliot calls him out on it, which I appreciate, but only for the first half of the book. After that she basically just forgives him for whatever reason.

Also, four years is a long time. More than enough to get over someone, I feel.

And then he asked THE SAME stupid question at the end and completely ignore her feelings and everything and I just don’t understand. If this is Jane Austen-esque writing than I’m not a fan.

I know that there was more I was supposed to care about in this book – like side characters – but because everything revolved around Kai and Elliot, and there wasn’t any descriptions of other events, that just didn’t happen.

Even the “villain” of the story wasn’t very scary and held no legitimate threat, so I never feared for the main character.

Star Rating


3 stars = probably a good book, but I just didn’t connect with it. Will still recommend

What did you think of For Darkness Shows the Stars?


One thought on “For Darkness Shows the Stars \\ spoiler-free book review

  1. I think the premise behind this book is cool – it’s a Persuasion retelling SET IN SPACE. I’m sad to hear that the execution was not that great, though. Hopefully your next read will be something you enjoy a bit more!


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