Across a Star-Swept Sea
(For Darkness Shows the Stars #2)
By Diana Peterfreund
Publication date: Oct. 15, 2013
Balzer + Bray, 464 pages
Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.
On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.
Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.
In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.
— Goodreads.com description
Across a Star-Swept Sea is a companion novel to Diana Peterfreund’s gorgeous book For Darkness Shows the Stars. It features different characters (well, maybe some overlap but shhh I won’t spoil) within the same world. And I might have even – gasp! – liked this one more than For Darkness Shows the Stars. That’s serious business.
I have to admit that I couldn’t remember many details of the first book, but it came back to me over time and worked out just fine. Just like the first, Peterfreund’s writing is just brilliant. Her characters are so bright and her settings so vivid — I had such strong mental pictures of it all.
The plot here is filled with so many secrets and so much adventure and danger that I could hardly put it down. Truly, this a must-read series — one that’s definitely got a permanent place on my favorite’s shelf.
As a side note for those of you hung up on the last line of the book description: I couldn’t even begin to tell you what The Scarlet Pimpernel is about, and with a book this good, it hardly mattered.
Now, are there any other Peterfreund books I need to read? I read the first Secret Society Girl book ages ago, but I don’t remember it. I heard that series is amazing, though? Let me know!