Hardcover: 407 Pages
Published: June 12, 2012
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars
1. For Darkness Shows the Stars
2. Across a Star-Swept Sea
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.
Elliot North knows how to get things done. As a member of the elite Luddite nobility, she knows what is expected of her and what is not. It is this sense of duty and loyalty to her family and name that kept her from running away with the love of her life Kia, four years ago. Their friendship was forbidden from the beginning since they were of two different elite groups.
Now, four long years later, at age eighteen, Elliot is the only thing keeping her family and land afloat. As her father and sister grow away from reality, the world as they know it is changing. Elliot convinces her family to leave the land to a suspicious new group of shipwrights known as Cloud Fleet. This will hopefully give her family more income and a new life far from her land.
However, as she gets to meet the captain of this Cloud Fleet she discovers he is none other than her childhood friend and lover Kia---no longer the playful, funny, kind Kia, but smart, distant Captain Malakai Wentforth. Elliot knows how to be a hard worker, but she may not be up to the task of containing her guilt and longing that overtakes her with his unexpected return.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was a quick and easy read. I loved the characters and how they were portrayed as realistic. Malakai and Elliot were hilarious and their love was sweet and innocent laced with fire and passion.