By: Diana Peterfreund
Reviewed by Angelisa P., 9th grade
What would you do if your best friend ran off for four years and you couldn’t go with him or her? Elliot didn’t ever think about it until it happened, she just had to work through it day by day. In this fantasy book, For Darkness Shows the Stars , Kai leaves Elliot by herself for what seems like forever.
This book was a great read because I could picture the characters and what they were looking at. Although some characteristics of the people weren’t very reasonable, the whole story together was very real. I couldn’t imagine living like that before I read this book, now I think more about taking things for granted. Even though this book is fantasy, some of it could very well happen. Almost everything we have is a privilege and we should be grateful for it and I didn’t fully accept that until now.
Elliot, Kai, and Ro, were all born on the same day but Elliot is a Luddite, one who has more rights in this society, so her mother gets help so she lives unlike the other two mothers. There are 4 different groups of people in this society: Luddites, Posts, Reduced, and Children of Reduced (CORs). They are all best friends until one day Kai says he is leaving and Elliot doesn’t want to leave her home. Elliot does nothing but think about Kai for the 4 years he is gone.
When Kai returned he was better known as Captain Malakai Wentforth. When he returned, he seemed to have held a grudge against Elliot for not coming with him. Ro doesn’t understand as she can’t speak more than one syllable at a time and can’t comprehend feelings. Ro loves them both very much and just wants them all to be happy. Elliot finally starts talking to “Malakai” and they start to catch up. Elliot will never know him as anyone but Kai; but is this really the same Kai? Everything except his feelings is different: his eyes, his hearing, its all different.
Elliot’s grandfather is dying and Elliot is in his will. She will be the chancellor of his estate. Can she take it on? This book is a must-read. If you like fantasy, or even realistic fiction, you will probably love this book just as much as I have. The ending is too amazing to give away, you will just have to find out for yourself. This is one of my favorite books and I recommend it to everyone in high school and up, especially if you like to let your imagination take you places.
You can leave this world without even standing up, all you have to do is grab one book by Diana Peterfreund. It’s called For Darkness Shows the Stars, just find your comfort zone, open your book, and slip away.