For Darkness Shows the Stars

Comprehension by: Deanna Canale


It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology. Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him. But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.


The setting includes multiple places such as a plantation, a crop field, a shipyard, and a barn

Plot line

Exposition: Kai, Elliott's childhood friend, has sailed out and left Elliott to take care of the farm and slave labor alone.

Rising action: Kai returns as one of the captains following the Admiral

Climax: discovers that Kai has been genetically modified in order to survive the places he's been on his journey and realizes that it's dangerous.

Falling action: Elliot's grandfather passed and in his will the whole estate goes to her

Resolution: she is forced to leave the estate because of her father but is not allowed to leave unless she signs the estate over to him. To everyone's surprise she does not do what she is told and she leaves the estate

Character analysis

the main character in the book "for darkness shows the stars" written by Diana Peterfreund, is an 18-year old girl named Elliot. She is part of a caste system and is in the upperclass called the Luddite. She makes the disision of staying at the farm instead of sailing off with Kai, which effects her negatively. Kai has just retired from his exposition and is now giving her the cold shoulder


The author Diana Peterfreund, is an author who lives in Washington D.C with her husband and dog. She has been a costume designer, a cover model, and a food critic. Her travels have taken her from the forests of Costa Rica to New Zealand. Diana graduated from Yale University in 2001 with two degrees in Literature and Geology.

Other Major Characters

Kai, a boy who works for Elliot's father. Zachariah North is Elliot's father, Victoria, Elliot's mother, and her older sister is Tatiana North. Ro is a girl who is a reduced but more communicationally advanced. Captain Wentforth the captain of the shipyard,