For Darkness Shows the Stars

Summer Reading Project by Regan Shatto

My book choice

The book I chose to read for my summer reading is For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund.

Character Analysis

Character's Role:

The main character is a girl named Elliot North.


Elliot is caring, polite, observant, independent, and she doesn't let people walk all over her.

  • She is caring because she let Kai (or Malakai) leave without her, just so she can take care of her fathers estate, and she didn't want to leave her family behind.

  • She is polite because when Kai comes back after 4 years of traveling, he is cruel to her and ignores everything she says... but she stays polite to him the whole time.

  • Elliot is observant because she kept studying the way Kai acted with Olivia Grove, and she noticed the things that changed about him.

  • She is independent/she doesn't let people walk over her because she doesn't let anyone persuade her into giving up her Grandfather's estate, even though she was threatened.


Elliot experiences conflicts with other people, and mainly herself.

Man vs. Man:

Elliot and Kai "hate" each other from the moment Kai (now Captain Malakai Wentforth) came back after 4 years of absence.

Man vs. Man:

Elliot doesn't like 14 year old Olivia Grove because she thinks (as well as everyone else) that Kai has taken a liking to her.

Man vs. Man:

Elliot fights with her father very often, and when her Grandfather gives his Estate to her through his will, her father kicks her out when she refuses to give it to her sister, Tatiana.

Man vs. Self:

Elliot fights with herself not to confront Kai for how he treats her, and his feelings for Olivia Grove.

Man vs. Self:

When Kai is beginning to leave, for the second time, she is invited along with him... so she is left to make the decision to leave with Kai, or stay to take care of the Estate.

~ Plot ~

Rising Action

  • Kai leaves Elliot for 4 years
  • Captain Malakai Wentforth (Kai) comes back
  • Kai finds an interest in Olivia Grove
  • Elliot finds out that Kai has inhumane changes
  • Olivia has the cliff accident
  • Elliot's Grandfather's estate gets signed off to her
  • Dad kicks Elliot out with threats
  • Kai invites Elliot back out to sea with him, for he is still (and always has been) in love with her.


Elliot gives the Estate off to one of her close friends (or servant/post) Dee, packs up all of her stuff and takes Ro (post friend) with her on to Kai's ship for his second journey.

Falling Action

Elliot and Kai set off on their journey to the ocean, with hope in their hearts and smiles on their faces.



Future established society.

Remote Islands in New Zealand.


Glow Worm Caves (image shown below)

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Glow Worm Cave

The glowworm cave is an actual place in New Zealand, said the author in the Author's Note.


The author to this confusing yet extraordinary book is Diana Peterfreund.


Elliot North and Kai Wentforth were best friends. The downside is that Elliot was a typical Luddite while Kai, was a Post. The Post are apart of the Reduced (farther explained in the story), which is a lower class, or servant people. Elliot and Kai were childhood sweethearts until he decides to leave unexpectedly, but asks Elliot to accompany him. Elliot declines for the sake of her family and Estate.

Four years pass by and Kai, or should I say Captain Malakai Wentforth, comes back when he needs a ship prepared. Their relationship didn't continue as smoothly. Kai was cruel to Elliot and shunned her. After many conflicts, and not to mention his romance with 14 year old Olivia Grove, Elliot finds out that something did in fact change. Kai was different. She paid no mind to it until she found out the truth...

She discovered that his secret could change their society forever, so it must be kept.

Find out more in For Darkness Shows the Stars.


Also, don't forget to get the sequel, Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund.

Recommendations and Advice While Reading

I honestly recommend reading this book, along with the sequel. Don't judge a book by it's cover!

My advice is to not get bored or quit on the book. It starts off a little slow, but it gets better in the end. I read it in 2-3 days. I made a promise to read 100 pages a day, but as I got into it, I couldn't put it down! Read this book, it's like nothing you've read before, I guarantee it.