Friday, March 10, 2017

Review - Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars (Final)
Genre: Sci-Fi Dystopian
Age Group - Young Adult
Source - Purchased
Balze+Bray - 2013

Rating -  4/5

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.

There is going to be a lot of fangirl in this review. I adore For Darkness Shows the Stars. As a futuristic space retelling of Persuasion, which never gets the spotlight, I had high expectations and it surpassed them. Now, several years later, I read the companion. It surpasses all my hopes and dreams and might even beat out the first book. 

The writing is absolutely brilliant once again. Peterfreund really improved her explanation of the Reduction in this book and built a completely different culture from the same roots as Darkness. The essentials were similar to book one but this world was vibrant, colorful, and futuristic. It was a huge contrast to Darkness and showed me how skilled Peterfreund is at world building.

Now I must talk about the characters. I loved watching Persis analyze and pick apart important details while she pretended to be silly and ignorant. This was brilliantly done and Perefreund introduced a complex and strong-willed female main character. The romance between Persis and Justen was built and cultivated throughout this book. It worked really well and I only wish there was more story to read about these two. 

I have another Scarlet Pimpernel retelling on my shelf and I am now anxious to read it. 

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