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"Part Jane Austen, Part H.G. Wells." - L. A. Times

"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)

"A beautiful, epic love story you won't be able to put down!"
-Simone Elkeles, NYT and USA Today bestselling author

“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))

“Dystopian, ideological, rebellious-Peterfreund’s fantasy homage to Austen’s 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)

“Diana Peterfreund’s 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)

“Succeeds in recasting Austen’s 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))

“A beautiful, epic love story you won’t be able to put down!” (Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series)

“Don’t 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 that’s as thought-provoking as it is heartbreaking.” (Robin Wasserman, author of THE BOOK OF BLOOD AND SHADOW)

Praise for ASCENDANT: “In this thrilling sequel to Peterfreund’s 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 engrossing—plus 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)

Praise for ASCENDANT: “I was riveted by Ascendant. It’s not only about killer unicorns; it’s also about finding the courage to make tough decisions—and to be true to yourself. I think Astrid rocks!” (Malinda Lo, author of ASH)

From the Back Cover

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.


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Product Details

  • Series: Stars (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; First Edition edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062006142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062006141
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Peterfreund is the author of eight novels for adults and teens, as well as several critically acclaimed short stories and a handful of essays on popular children's literature. She grew up in Florida, and lives with her family in Washington, D.C. When she's not writing, Diana enjoys taking long hikes with her dog, Rio, reading, working in her garden, watching far too much Netflix Watch It Now, and being addicted to Twitter. her website is

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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Wang on July 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My reaction when I finished:
HOLY SHIZZLERS. That was awesome. Let me read it again! Sequel please? NO SEQUEL?!?!? DIE.

Yeah, that was me. For Darkness Shows the Stars was an amazing dystopian romance that just stunned me! It had everything I loved, strong characters, an amzing plot, an exciting romance, secrets, and one cold off-limits boy. SQUEAL TIME.

I absolutely loved the characters. Elliot knows what her duty is, what her birthright is as a Luddite. And that sense of duty was what kept her from running away with her childhood friend and first crush/love, Kai. She sacrificed a lot to be able to take care of the Posts becasue she knew her family wouldn't. So she gave up the one person she never wanted to. Now THAT takes a lot and it shows how strong and loyal she is. Although Kai definitely thinks something else. Speaking of Kai, I think Diana wrote his character SO WELL. I actually did want to strangle him for being so insanely cruel to Elliot, but I guess that was the point! Eventually he warmed up (thank goodness), but hey, I'm not telling you if they end up together or not. Kai really did get hurt and I was at war with myself. Hate him? Or pity him? ARGH. But trust me, you're going to LOVE him!

The world was just wonderfully made and I never felt as if it was too far-fetched or too stupid or just too fake. Everything was just vividily described like the Star Caverns and the Cliffs...ESPECIALLY the Star Caverns! The world of FDSTS just fascinated me and I wanted to know more of the history immediately! Not many things were left for us to draw our own conclusions when it came to how the world of FDSTS came about and that just made me love this book even more!

The romance was slow even though Kai and Elliot were childhood sweethearts!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2012
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I started off wanting to hate on this book. Somewhere along the middle, I really wanted to like it. Clearly, as is true more often than not with me, I have mixed feelings.

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen. To simplify, it's Persuasion meets a light dystopic sci-fi. It's ambitious to say the least, the way that all retellings are. And this isn't based on any book, but on Persuasion which is arguably the best novel of one of history's most beloved authors.

For Darkness manages to stay dutifully faithful to the source material, and yet, at points strips it of what is so essentially Persuasion. Then again, there were so many times I wished that this book had nothing to do with Austen, and that we could explore the world independently.

Because honestly, Peterfreund gives us very imaginative world building. It brought up so many arguments for and against genetic experimentation, exploration, risks and duty. I truly would've loved to have been in this world a little more detached from Persuasion or, at the heart of it, a little more removed from the loooooove story. As much as our Elliot speaks and acts in favor of duty rather than her affections for her childhood sweetheart Malakai Wentforth, these are such big issues and too many times they were shirked in favor of the romantic entanglements.

I mean, we all understand that this is slavery, right? There was passing mention of rape and very cruel circumstances for the Reduced and Posts, but it was so glossed over that it often made me uncomfortable. I mean, "My father can be cruel and our slaves are going hungry but OMG WENTFORTH LIKES ANOTHER GIRL."

I know, I know. It's the story. It's the point.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jen7waters on January 16, 2014
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Ugh, I'm so annoyed and frustrated with this book. I wanted to love it so much, especially when I think the author did a great job with the worldbuilding, and she totally nailed the grand task of retelling Persuasion, dystopia style---I recognised most of the scenes, Elliot, the protagonist, has a beautiful and kind heart, just like Anne in the original story, and I think the letters exchanged between little Elliot and little Kai were a nice touch, because they gave me Jane Austen vibe all the time, BUT in the end I cannot love this book or give it a higher rating because the male lead and the romance just... NO.
I'm sorry, but spiteful and abusive heroes are not my thing, and in the end I just wanted to cry because goddamn it Elliot, have some self-respect. I can give him a break when he's young and gets all angry because the girl he likes refuses to run away with him, I mean, he's 14, why would he understand her motives? But please, 4 years later he still doesn't get it, and he's still angry, and he's been badmouthing her to his buddies, and even has the nerve to behave like an a**hole every single time she's around, well excuse me if I can't swoon over this sonofa***** or be happy that Elliot forgives him.
So yes, the author did everything right, except Wentworth, because, really, this Kai character is a total disgrace, in every scene I just wanted to knee him in the groin. I've read Persuasion a long time ago, but I don't remember ever hating Wentworth, because he was never cruel to Anne, cold and distant, yes, but never cruel. When will the trend of the 'jerk love interest' end, seriously, this concerns me. O_O
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