Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: June 2012
Classification: YA Novel
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Where to begin with a story that I was thinking was going to be a beautiful read, an epic read. I expected heart stopping moments, love that could weather any storm, and finding one’s place in the world. I know I know I expected a lot but I expected all of those things because this book did get so many fabulous reviews from some of my favorite bloggers. I had to at least give it a try, right?
The characters were not the first thing I paid much attention to. Shocking I know! I was actually more interested in the plot lines because I wanted to see what it meant to be Reduced, how did this Reduction happen, what did this all mean for the world and the people living in it. During the first parts of the novel not much is said about all of these things so I was drawn in because I needed to know more about the background to the plot points. I also needed to know more about the background relationship that Elliot and Kai had before he left. I was basically addicted to knowing more.
The characters came second and I have to say I really did like Elliot most of all. She is the type of heroine I would have put in any YA book if I were a writer. She seemed to have lows and highs and really cared about the Reduced people even though she was suppose to be above them by social standings. I liked her the whole time I was reading about her and I bought into her pain and struggle from when she let Kai go. I wanted to know more about Kai because not much was told about him or his relationship with Elliot before he left.
This all sounds pretty good right?
Well let me tell you that it all went downhill as I hit the 150 page mark and realized the story wasn’t going anywhere. I had a whole bunch of questions and was expecting great adventures out of the plot and yet I wasn’t getting anything I wanted! At 200 pages I called it quits with this book because I just couldn’t stand it anymore! Kai was an ass to Elliot and we never really knew why. Maybe this was talked about in the second half of the book but honestly I just couldn’t bring myself to care anymore. I wanted romance, adventure, growing up and experiencing the world and all I got was 200 pages of Kai being an ass for no real reason and Elliot just letting him act that way. This was not what I signed up for and so I have to say this book was a DNF for me.