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.
I have been trying to write this book for months, but every time I started it, I began to sound like a fangirl So I apologize for that. I really loved this book. Like really liked it. Like I read slow, because I enjoyed the writing so much that I wanted to savor every single word. Elliot North is a strong girl with a lot of pressure on her, at the same time, she was very realistic and approachable. I just really liked her. Kai intrigued me from the beginning and I wanted to know everything about him. I enjoyed the relationship between Kai and Elliot. I liked that they could just stare at each other and I felt all of the emotions. The letters were a lovely way to introduce the past without having a large amount of information dumping. While reading, I would look ahead to see when the next letter was, because I was very anxious to read them all.The plot was very tense and I liked the feeling of not knowing everything and becoming surprised on the way. I haven't read Persuasion yet, but I know from Emma and Pride and Prejudice that Austen is a huge fan of surprising her readers and I was glad to see that Peterfeund kept this element. I also enjoyed the world that she built. I was interested about everything from the solar cars to the Birth Houses. Peterfeund's writing is spectacular. The imagery and dialogue were amazing and I found that I wanted to read more. I can't wait for more from Peterfeund in the future, hopefully another killer unicorn book. Even if it isn't, I am already excited for the next book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves Jane Austen and also to fans of romance. I promise that you will adore this book as much as I did. Even if you aren't in those categories you should check it. It is one of those books that I would totally hand to everyone on the street, if I could afford to do so. This book is so magical and awesome. It is now one of my favorites.