Genetic modifications within everything, even humans, were widely used until one genetic experiment went totally wrong. Scientists flipped a switch in human’s genetic code that basically made you into a superhuman; faster, stronger, keener sight. This procedure backfired though, when it mutated and made the person only able to understand basic commands, almost mute, and a slave in this post-superhuman world. Not everyone received the procedure, and the ones who didn’t became masters of the “Reduced” as the child-like slaves are called. Several generations have passed since the experiment, called the Reduction, which is thought to be punishment from God for trying to improve upon his creation.

Elliot is the daughter of an estate holding Luddite, or someone who is the descendant of a person that did not receive the procedure. She is the only one in her family that actually cares about the Reduced, and the Posts, children of Reduced who are not Reduced, and function normally. Although she is just the daughter, everyone knows she runs the estate. Her father refuses to give up control, and throws away money on frivolous things. The estate is in bad financial shape. Her childhood love, Kai, who was a Post, ran away to better prospects four years ago. When she receives an offer to rent the shipyard to a well-known Post-run exploration fleet, she jumps on it so the people on the estate won’t starve. But this fleet includes an almost unrecognizable Kai, who still seems to be mad at her for the choice she made years ago.

She soon discovers the secret of the fleet, a secret that could bring the wrath of God upon the world again. Elliot has to make a choice—stay true to the beliefs that have been hammered into her since birth, or trust a Kai that she can no longer recognize as hers.

I honestly didn’t even want to read this book when I first read the back. But I didn’t have anything else to read so I figured, why not give it a shot?

I’m so glad I did, this book was AMAZING. It took a little while to get into, mostly because I was reluctant to read it in the first place, but then it hooked me and I was pulled into a postapocalyptic world that feels so real it’s like you’re standing right there. This story was super intricate and wove a web of connections throughout the story. Great characters, great cover, great story, what more could a reader ask for?

~Mackinsey

About the Book:
Title: For Darkness Shows the Stars
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: 06/2012