Across a Star-Swept Sea

Across a Star-Swept Sea

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From Rampant and Ascendant author Diana Peterfreund comes this thrilling companion to For Darkness Shows the Stars.

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, Persis Blake's world is once again in the throes of rebellion.

For Persis, her public life is that of a socialite, filled with parties and ball gowns. But while she seems to be a frivolous aristocrat, inside Persis beats the heart of a spy--the same heart that is falling for the enemy, Justen Helo.

Persis's heart belongs to Justen, but before she can tell him the truth, she discovers he has a secret as well--one that could plunge their tropical paradise into another dark age. And Persis realizes she's not just risking her heart, she's risking the world she's sworn to protect.

Across a Star-Swept Sea is a romantic, science-fictional reimagining of the classic The Scarlet Pimpernel.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 148 x 217 x 37mm | 517g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062006169
  • 9780062006165
  • 371,274

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Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a paradise where even the Reduction--the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars--is a distant memory. Yet on the island of Galatea, an uprising against the aristocracy 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 neighboring Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous teenage aristocrat Persis Blake. 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.

Justen is hiding things, too--his disenchantment with his country's revolution, his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he's pretending to love. Persis is also falling for Justen, but when she discovers his greatest secret--one that could plunge New Pacifica into another dark age--she realizes she's not just risking her heart, she's risking the world she's sworn to protect.

Inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Across a Star-Swept Sea is a thrilling adventure in which nothing is as it seems and two teens from different worlds must fight for a future only they dare to imagine.
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"A well-paced story led by a strong and likable heroine."--School Library Journal
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5,622 ratings
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4 40% (2,227)
3 20% (1,140)
2 5% (281)
1 1% (83)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss.) This is book 2 in the �¢??For Darkness Shows the Stars�¢?? series, but focuses on different characters. Lady Persis Blake spends her time masquerading as �¢??The Wild Poppy�¢??, rescuing people captured by Galateans. Justen is a medic, and grandson of the person who invented a cure for �¢??Reduction�¢??. Somehow Justen ends up pretending to be Persis�¢?? boyfriend, and things move on from there. This was an okay story, but I found myself getting bored. Persis was an okay character, as was Justen, but I didn�¢??t really connect with them or feel anything for them which was a shame. The storyline was okay. I was a little confused at first as things seemed much different than they had in the first book, but then I realised that we were on a different island to the one on which the first story had been set. I thought it interesting in this how a cure had been discovered for Reduction, as well as a sister compound which caused Reduction. It did seem cruel how they used this Reduction-inducing drug as a punishment though! It was nice to catch up with the characters from the first book who made an appearance, and there were a couple of twists in this story that I didn�¢??t see coming. My main problem was once again the pace. This book was really long, and so little actually happened, and the whole thing just felt like it dragged, which really put me off. I got so bored that I just kept wanting to put this down and never pick it up again. There was also very little romance, very much like the first book, with nothing more than the odd meaningful glance between the main characters really. Once again this read very much like a classic, historical novel really, minus the odd talk of technology and �¢??gengineering�¢??. The ending was also very similar to the first book, in that things were not tied up until right at the very end! Overall; an okay story, but just a little too slow and boring for me. 5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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