“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.”
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16102412-across-a-star-swept-sea?from_search=true)
The year has barely begun, and I already have a contender for the most gorgeous cover of 2014! Sadly, the story does not quite reflect the beauty of the cover. It’s a good story, don’t get me wrong, but I feel it might have been better if the book was shorter. Furthermore, while there was no info dump, it started out a bit confusing, what with all the terms (Reduction, gengineering…). At the same time, I find myself wishing for a sequel, as I’d like to know what happens after the events of this book.
As for the characters, none of them really caught my attention, I don’t really know why. At points, they were slightly annoying, thanks to a lack of communication. At points, I had to remind myself of how young they actually were, especially Persis. I was far more intrigued by the technology than by the characters. I also thought there was quite a bit of politics, but it wasn’t as intriguing as it could have been.
Rating: 3 out of 5