Tuesday, April 16, 2013

waiting on wednesday | 4 - Across the Star-Swept Sea

Waiting on Wednesday
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we can't wait to get in our hands.

Across the Star-Swept Sea Cover Image Across the Star-Swept Sea
by: Diana Peterfreund | Website | Twitter

Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Series: For Darkness Shows the Stars #2

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Summary: 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.

Summary and cover image from goodreads.
Why the WOW: While trilogies are awesome in their own right, I'm really starting to Love companion series (read: Graceling, Grave Mercy, and Anna and the French Kiss). They really enrich the world and let characters explore, especially in the fantasy genre.

AtSSS is the follow-up to For Darkness Shows the Stars and is a retelling of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Far away islands with its own post-apocalyptic history, deadly weaponized-drugs, and spies. Sounds amazing!

Interested in For Darkness Shows the Stars, read my review here.

What are you waiting for?


  1. Totally loving that cover! And it sounds really interesting -- which means I will have to add more than one book to my TBR pile. :)

    My WoW

  2. I love the sound of this one and I'd love to read it when it comes out. I haven't seen it before but it looks good. Great pick!
    Come check out my WOW post.