Waiting on Wednesday (142) - Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

 Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Summary (from Goodreads): 
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.

While I'm not all too familiar with The Scarlet Pimpernel, the inspiration behind Diana Peterfreund's latest novel, it definitely isn't stopping my sheer excitement for Across a Star-Swept Sea! Set within the same post-apocalyptic world as For Darkness Shows the Stars, which I absolutely loved reading last year, the premise for this book captured my interest in a heartbeat. Secrets, danger and romance always make a tantalizing combination. I would also totally buy this book for its cover alone too! It's so gorgeous and I still can't stop staring at it!

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  1. So excited for this! I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars. The writing was excellent and I expect more of the same here.

  2. The cover is really beautiful - same as the one of For Darkness Shows The Stars and I like that the two covers go together.

    I hope the book lives up to it :D