Waiting on Wednesday: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released!

across a starswwept seaAcross a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2)

Balzer + Bray
Expected October 15, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


I recently finished reading For Darkness Shows the Stars (the book before this one) and I haven’t gotten around to posting my review yet, but I loved that book!! The writing was fantastic, and the concept of the Reduction was so interesting and unique! I’m a huge fan of retellings, and this one here is a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernell, and although I haven’t actually read that before, I don’t think that will effect my enjoyment of the book! I hadn’t read Persuasion before I read For Darkness Shows the Stars and I sill loved it, and I even feel like I will understand Persuasion better whenever I do get around to reading it. I can’t wait to read this new book by the amazing Diana Peterfruend!!


7 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

  1. Wow, that cover looks beautiful. I haven’t actually heard of this series so i might go check it out. Thanks for sharing

    Georgie @ What She Reads
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