This was a beautiful novel, a great story and one I immediately purchased for the Library.
Cover thoughts: This has nothing to do with the story.
Kai and Elliot were best friends when they were children, even though Elliot was the daughter of Baron North and Elliot was no better than their slave.
Background: Following a brutal war, Luddites escaped a genetic abnormality limiting brain functions. Caused by genetically modifying themselves, the majority of society doomed their children to a life as "reductionists" and the Luddites were entrusted with their safety and care. Years later, a small amount of the children of reductionists were born able to speak and without the limitations of their parents. Kai's father was one of these children making them both Posts (post-reductionists).
Baron North did not approve of his daughter's friendship and was not a very good trustee of the Reductionists or Posts. He would rather further his own luxuries than care for their basic needs. Elliot is nothing like her family and dedicated herself to their care and the care of her family's land. When Kai decided to run away and make his way in the world, Elliot did not accompany him--tearing their friendship apart.
For Darkness Shows the Stars is the story of what happens when they meet again four years later. It is a story of love, of hate, of class and of obligation. Highly recommended.