|Nomadic SA Chick||
Have you ever read Jane Austen's Persuasion? If you have, take Austen's story and add some steampunk to it, and you have For Darkness Shows The Stars [FDSTS]. If you have not read this, let me set the stage for you.
You have a young, privileged Luddite woman named Elliot who as a young child befriends a "reduced" (servant) boy named Kai. Elliot and Kai share a birthday, which is how their friendship first begins. The book switches between telling the story of Elliot and Kai at 18 years old (current day for them) and an exchanging of letters between the two as they have grown up. The friendship between Elliot and Kai is at put at odds because Elliot is bound to the duties required of her by her family and their farm, and by their Luddite faith, while Kai believes that things should change and they should embrace technology, which pushes Kai to run away. Obviously a lot of conflict arises because of Elliot and Kai different social standings. Now add a lot of steampunk pieces to this, and you have For Darkness Shows The Stars.
Before I get too far into my review let me just say that I typically do not read romance stories. This was something I pushed myself to read for the reading challenge. I was pleasantly surprised by how unsappy this book was, for a romance novel. However, that did not fix the fact that this book was incredibly boring. The ending was predictable, as was the entire story, and it was just so lack luster. This book left me disenchanted, and I wish Peterfreund would have delved more into the history of the reduced people. I feel like it would have given more sustenance to the story. It wasn't bad, just so incredibly boring.
I would give this book a 2.5 out of 5. It was adequate. Read it if you have nothing better to read.