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.
Short review: For Darkness Shows the Stars was a great book that I really loved. It’s a book that lives for second chances and love, and all the things that come in between those two very complex and beautiful things. Not my favorite characters, but Kai and Elliot were both well-done and heartwarming. Well-plotted. 4.2 stars.
This book may be inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, but it also shows a lot of resemblance to Katy Perry’s The One That Got Away. I can really see The One That Got Away as a sort of modernized version of For Darkness Shows the Stars, with a few changes. Just look at these lyrics.
Yeah, yeah, I know guys. It’s not my favorite song either, but it’s decent.
If you look, you can imagine The One That Got Away as almost a retelling of For Darkness Shows the Stars. Prepare for maximum cheesiness overload.
Link to Katy Perry The One Who Got Away Lyrics: http://www.lyrster.com/lyrics/the-one-that-got-away-lyrics-katy-perry.html
Link to cheesiness overload (aka explanation): The One That Got Away and For Darkness Shows the Stars
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