Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Dystopian, ideological, rebellious Peterfreund's fantasy homage to Austen's Persuasion departs from the original in many respects, and with great success. Elliot North is a strong and creative woman, holding together the estate her father neglects and conducting secret agricultural experiments that defy 'the protocols,' which were established after genetic tinkering nearly destroyed humanity. Antitechnology 'Luddites' took sanctuary underground, emerging as overlords of the mentally diminished above-ground survivors. Those survivors, the 'Reduced,' are now having normal children, and the Luddites' status is no longer unquestioned. Four years earlier, Elliot refused to elope with Kai, a mechanical prodigy and descendant of the Reduced. Now he's back as Capt. Malakai Wentforth, flirting with Elliot's pretty neighbor and being savage to Elliott. Resemblance to Austen's story lies largely in the superficialities of the plot Peterfreund (Rampant) invokes less of Austen's subtlety or social critique, and she really doesn't need to. The story stands on its own, a richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up. Ages 13 up. Agent: Deidre Knight, the Knight Agency. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for ASCENDANT: “I was riveted by Ascendant. Its not only about killer unicorns; its also about finding the courage to make tough decisionsand to be true to yourself. I think Astrid rocks!” Malinda Lo, author of ASH
Praise for ASCENDANT: “In this thrilling sequel to Peterfreunds Rampant...the strong yet vulnerable heroine, compelling conflicts, and exquisite settings should find a voracious audience in those familiar with the first installment.” Publishers Weekly
Praise for ASCENDANT: “Peterfreund is sure to gain a stronger following with Ascendant, and fans will eagerly await further titles in the series.” School Library Journal
Praise for ASCENDANT: “Ascendant is fast paced, fresh and engrossingplus it has killer unicorns, what could be better? I love this book!” Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed WavesCarrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH
“Dont you love it when a brilliant idea meets with brilliant execution? Thank you, Diana Peterfreund for giving us a post-apocalyptic Persuasion. This book is meltingly good.” Laini Taylor, National Book Award Finalist for LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES
“A smart and sexy tale of star-crossed love thats as thought-provoking as it is heartbreaking.” Robin Wasserman, author of THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW
“Diana Peterfreunds For Darkness Shows the Stars is an impassioned ode to Jane Austen, love, and the hope found in stars.” Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and A MILLION SUNS
“A beautiful, epic love story you wont be able to put down!” Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series
“Succeeds in recasting Austens characters to bring her themes to a futurist society and provide wry comment on life in the twenty-first century …. will appeal to science fiction and romance fans alike. Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“Dystopian, ideological, rebellious-Peterfreunds fantasy homage to Austens Persuasion departs from the original in many respects, and with great success …. a richly envisioned portrait of a society in flux, a steely yet vulnerable heroine, and a young man who does some growing up.” Publishers Weekly
“Will be a hit with fans of sci-fi romances… Readers will keep turning the pages right up to the end.” School Library Journal (starred review)
Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreunds take on Jane Austens Persuasion set in a post-apocalyptic world.
In the dystopian future of For Darkness Shows the Stars, a genetic experiment has devastated humanity. In the aftermath, a new class system placed anti-technology Luddites in absolute power over vast estates—and any survivors living there.
Elliot North is a dutiful Luddite and a dutiful daughter who runs her fathers estate. When the boy she loved, Kai, a servant, asked her to run away with him four years ago, she refused, although it broke her heart.
Now Kai is back. And while Elliot longs for a second chance with her first love, she knows it could mean betraying everything shes been raised to believe is right.
For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking YA romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.
About the Author
Diana Peterfreund has lain in silence on a forest floor while a panther stalked its prey nearby. She's swum with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef, lived next door to a very lonely alligator, let piranhas nibble on her toes, and watched as a hyena seriously considered eating her husband. She's seen all kinds of predators, but nothing scares her more than unicorns. A graduate of Yale University, she now lives in Washington, DC, and has written eight books for adults and teens.