Teen Review: “For Darkness Shows the Stars” by Diana Peterfreund

After so many advances in technology and experiments messing with humans and their DNA, something finally goes wrong. The only people to survive are the Luddites who were against the experiments. They believed people were trying to become gods. Everyone else becomes reduced. The Reduced, though hard workers, lack the intelligence to do skilled work and can’t manage to say more than one-syllable words. Because of this, it is the duty of the Luddites, who were unaffected, to care for the Reduced. Generations later, Eliot North is living in a Post-Reduction world, where Reduced are giving birth to children who are like the Luddites. Elliot lives on a large farm with her father and sister, who are both self important and very bad at running the farm, so the task is left to Eliot. After her father’s plowing over a field of wheat, Eliot is fearful of their being able to survive the winter, so she strikes a deal with some wealthy Post-Reduced who are looking for a place to build a new ship. With these posts comes Captain Malakai Wentforth, or to her, Kai, her best friend for years who left her four years earlier to find a better life. Though he is back, their friendships doesn’t seem like it will start up again because all Kai wants to do is flaunt his wealth in the face of Eliot’s poverty. But the more Eliot is around these posts, the more suspicious she becomes of a secret they are all hiding. This book is based on “Persuasion” by Jane Austen. Despite it being set in the future, the book mirrors Austen’s time. I thought it was quite clever.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"For Darkness Shows the Stars" by Diana Peterfreund book cover

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