For Darkness Shows the Stars
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Fans of Divergent will love Diana Peterfreund’s take on Jane Austen’s 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 father’s 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 she’s 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.
with two mouths to feed this winter,” Dee replied. “I can see on your face that you’re worried about a hundred.” “Not ‘worried.’ Disappointed that my project won’t be tested for another year, but—” Her brittle smile cracked. Another year! Another year of rations, another year with no harvest festival, with watching the Reduced children grow thin and sickly when the weather got cold, with enduring the pointed stares of the few remaining Posts on the property as Elliot struggled to fairly allocate
listen or she’d be green as grass. “He’s amazing,” Elliot said, mostly to herself. “Yes.” Andromeda shrugged. “He’s got a special talent. And he’s been funneling everything into his music, lately. It’s the only thing left that gives him any peace.” “Was Sophia sick for a long time?” “Always,” Andromeda replied. “She was born blind, and she had a weak heart. Had she not been born a free Post, she probably would not have survived at all. The Innovations were able to properly provide for her.
want the headlights on?” Andromeda grunted and flicked a switch. Elliot and Ro flinched in the sudden glare, but Andromeda didn’t slow down at all. “Care to tell me what your father has against music?” Andromeda asked abruptly. “It’s not music,” Elliot replied. “It’s control.” It was always control. Three years ago, Baron Zachariah North had caught wind of the unofficial orchestra operating on the North estate. Where some of the estate lords would have taken advantage of the spontaneous
AGO Dear Kai, After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided that this will be my last little note to you. I’ve grown tired of playing with a boy who lives in a barn and only owns one pair of pants. I can’t possibly imagine what you find so fascinating about bunches of rusted metal. It was a fun game while it lasted. But I’m bored now. Please don’t ever talk to me again. Not your friend, Elliot Dear Elliot, I really wish you’d stop coming and bothering me. I have lots of chores to
his enhancements but more by something else entirely. They met. They touched. And then she was in his arms, again and at last. “You got my letter,” he whispered in her ear. She nodded. “I always have.” She looked into his eyes. “This morning, I thought I was dead. I thought I was dead every morning since you went away.” “Are you sure?” he asked. “This time, with everything you’re giving up?” “I’m not giving up anything,” Elliot said. “The estate will be fine. Horatio and Olivia and Donovan