Hey guys! Today we’re going to be discussing Across a Star Swept Sea, the sequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars (here’s the review). I really loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, so when I finally got a chance  to read the sequel, I was pumped and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

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.


In this series, Diana Peterfreund takes classic novels and retells them creating a world that is dystopian and rewriting the characters in a way that fits together beautifully. In the first book Persuasion was the classic book of choice, but for Across the Star-Swept Sea, The Scarlet Pimpernel was the winner. I’ve never read that one, but after reading Across a Star-Swept Sea I definitely want to pick it up and give it a chance! This book was interesting and well written, and I loved every second of it.

The two main characters are Persis and Justen. Persis at face value is a stereotypical rich girl, ditzy and shallow, but truthfully, she is so much more. She is Wild Poppy, a spy working to save the people of the country from the brain damaging drug or the revolutionaries. I absolutely loved Persis because she had so much depth, and she was everything I wanted in a main character. Justen was a medic, and he was sort of thrown at Persis in the beginning. As the story progresses though, he begins to warm up to her and he starts to see that there is so much more to her than what meets the eye. On his own though, Justen is compassionate and clever which was great. As a couple, they had such an awesome dynamic, it wasn’t a relationship that seemed rushed, and they really didn’t begin to fall for each other until later on. We also got to see some repeat characters from For Darkness Shows the Stars which I definitely wasn’t expecting, but it made me so excited because I was such a huge fan of Elliot and Kai.

The plot of this story really was beautiful. It flowed nicely, and it never seemed to drag. There was great dialogue, and just enough action to keep me happy. I highly recommend this book if you like retellings or dystopian novels, and Across the Star-Swept Sea should definitely be a book you give a chance! If you’ve read this book, what did you think? I would love to discuss it with you!




Author: taylor

i really love ice cream, coffee + tea, and really good books. self proclaimed bibliophile who loves everything to do with reading, here's a little peek into my bookish adventures. ((favorite genres: young adult, new adult, fantasy, and basically anything with a touch of romance))

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