by Diana Peterfreund
Published by Balzer + Bray
on October 15, 2013
Source: e-ARC requested from the publisher
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Summary from author's website: 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.My take: Across a Star-Swept Sea is set in the same story world (though not the same geographic area of that world) as For Darkness Shows the Stars. Each book has a distinct and different feel, yet they still seem connected. Each book was also inspired by a different classic -- For Darkness Shows the Stars by Jane Austen's Persuasion and Across a Star-Swept Sea by Baroness Emmuska Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel. Both books have strong political themes and both deal with the aftermath of the same devastating event -- a genetic engineering experiment gone terribly wrong.
Across a Star-Swept Sea takes place in New Pacifica, a pair of islands that were made habitable after a devastating war:
|Map from dianapeterfreund.com|
Bad things happen in this world, and we are judged on how we respond. Do we take part in evil, or do we fight against it with all we have?
If you are curious about these books' story world and the real life places that inspired it, you can read more and see photos on this post from the author's blog.
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