Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY (46): "Across a Star-Swept Sea" by Diana Peterfreund

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting. 

Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)

by Diana Peterfreund

Expected Publication: October 15, 2013
Young Adult -- Science Fiction/Dystopian
Balzer + Bray 

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.


  1. I love the cover for this. I've yet to read the first one by Diana Peterfreund, but I definitely want to.

    great pick! :)

  2. I was so excited when I found out Peterfreund was writing a companion novel! I'm not familiar with The Scarlet Pimpernel so I'm really excited to see how the story plays out. Great pick, Jennifer!

  3. I have to say you picked out an interesting book for this week. Hope you enjoy it! Here is my WoW for this week!

  4. I still need to read For Darkness Shows the Stars but I also definitely want to read this one too! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Wow, that cover is gorgeous! I've heard great things about Peterfreund's writing. This looks so good!


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