Across A Star-Swept Sea

Paperback | October 14, 2014

byDiana Peterfreund

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From Rampant and Ascendant author Diana Peterfreund comes this thrilling companion to For Darkness Shows the Stars, now in paperback. Across a Star-Swept Sea is a romantic science-fiction reimagining of the classic The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the islands of Galatea and Albion stand alone, a paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on 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 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.

When Persis discovers that Justen is keeping a secret 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.

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From Rampant and Ascendant author Diana Peterfreund comes this thrilling companion to For Darkness Shows the Stars, now in paperback. Across a Star-Swept Sea is a romantic science-fiction reimagining of the classic The Scarlet Pimpernel.Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the islands of Galatea and Albion stand alone, a...

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Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the islands of Galatea and Albion stand alone, a paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on Galatea, an uprising against the aristocracy has turned deadly, and the only hope is a mysterious spy known as the Wild P...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:October 14, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062006177

ISBN - 13:9780062006172

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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

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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.”