Across A Star-swept Sea by Diana PeterfreundAcross A Star-swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Across A Star-swept Sea

byDiana Peterfreund

Hardcover | October 15, 2013

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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.

Diana Peterfreund is the author of many books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimedFor Darkness Shows the StarsandAcross a Star-Swept Sea. She lives with her family outside Washington, DC, in a house full of bookshelves, and is always on the lookout for lost cities or stray rocket ships.
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Title:Across A Star-swept SeaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.41 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062006169

ISBN - 13:9780062006165

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Across a Star-Swept Sea With Across a Star-Swept Sea, Diana has completely surpassed herself. This is the best YA book she's written. If you loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, you will ABSOLUTELY love Star-Swept (not least because there MAY be a little cameo by some of your favourite characters). If you enjoyed Rampant and Ascendant, you HAVE to read this book, because there are some themes that are similar that I feel are explored more interestingly in this book (I know, don't kill me, but I really think it's true). And if you love Secret Society Girl, think Amy's sass and secrets turned up to eleven. The best part of this book is how brilliantly the world-building, plot, and character development come together. The world is SO detailed, so vibrant, and so logical. You really believe and understand why Albion, the more indulgent of the two islands of New Pacifica, would end up as the more gengineering-obsessed place, and you understand that, as a result, people in Albion are a lot more interested in fashion and appearance. That said, I can't say that I would have changed the ending - only added to it - because seriously, this book is the BEST.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Across a Star-Swept Sea With Across a Star-Swept Sea, Diana has completely surpassed herself. This is the best YA book she's written. If you loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, you will ABSOLUTELY love Star-Swept (not least because there MAY be a little cameo by some of your favourite characters). If you enjoyed Rampant and Ascendant, you HAVE to read this book, because there are some themes that are similar that I feel are explored more interestingly in this book (I know, don't kill me, but I really think it's true). And if you love Secret Society Girl, think Amy's sass and secrets turned up to eleven. The best part of this book is how brilliantly the world-building, plot, and character development come together. The world is SO detailed, so vibrant, and so logical. You really believe and understand why Albion, the more indulgent of the two islands of New Pacifica, would end up as the more gengineering-obsessed place, and you understand that, as a result, people in Albion are a lot more interested in fashion and appearance. That said, I can't say that I would have changed the ending - only added to it - because seriously, this book is the BEST.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Across a Star-Swept Sea With Across a Star-Swept Sea, Diana has completely surpassed herself. This is the best YA book she's written. If you loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, you will ABSOLUTELY love Star-Swept (not least because there MAY be a little cameo by some of your favourite characters). If you enjoyed Rampant and Ascendant, you HAVE to read this book, because there are some themes that are similar that I feel are explored more interestingly in this book (I know, don't kill me, but I really think it's true). And if you love Secret Society Girl, think Amy's sass and secrets turned up to eleven. The best part of this book is how brilliantly the world-building, plot, and character development come together. The world is SO detailed, so vibrant, and so logical. You really believe and understand why Albion, the more indulgent of the two islands of New Pacifica, would end up as the more gengineering-obsessed place, and you understand that, as a result, people in Albion are a lot more interested in fashion and appearance. That said, I can't say that I would have changed the ending - only added to it - because seriously, this book is the BEST.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You had me at "gender flipped Scarlet Pimpernel" Here's the thing: The Scarlet Pimpernel is probably the greatest super hero story in existence. It's hilarious and profound and sad and joyous and amazing. So when I found out that DP's follow up to her post-apocalyptic "Persuasion" was going to be a gender flipped version of one of my favourite stories OF ALL TIME? I was pretty freaking thrilled. AND THE PAYOFF! Persis Blake is my favourite kind of heroine. She's clever and willing to make hard choices. She's a handmaiden of the highest order, and so capable. She is excellent at finding the friends and allies that she needs. And, as the Poppy, she hides ALL of it from most of the people in the story. Her relationships with Justin, with the Queen, with her parents, and with her school friends are all incredibly nuanced and perfectly developed, and she manages her secret identity with SUCH STYLE. And that's really just the tip of ice berg. As an adaptation, I had a lot of fun tracking everyone's opposite. After Persis, Justin was probably the most interesting, but they were all pretty great. (Wait. That's a lie. The Chauvelin character is totally the coolest after Persis. But still.) The plot is harrowing and moves at an excellent pace, and each gradual reveal offers up another glorious piece of the puzzle. Another thing I really enjoyed the Polynesian setting. Also! One of my favourite parts of the original is the poem that Percy writes about the Pimpernel, which doesn't show up exactly in this book, of course, but...well, that would be telling. :) So basically if you like smart girls using their talents to basically save the world in general (and the boy in particular), in a brilliantly plotted story of espionage, family legacy, daring escapes, and the occasional rescue by genetically engineered seamink, this book is for you.
Date published: 2014-10-13

Editorial Reviews

Praise for FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS: “A smart and sexy tale of star-crossed love that’s as thought-provoking as it is heartbreaking.”