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Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2)

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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’ ...more
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Ok. Be prepared, guys. I'm basically going to fangirl all over this book.

You all know my love for Diana Peterfreund - I've read pretty much everything she's written, and she's totally an auto-buy author for me.

With Across a Star-Swept Sea, Diana has completely surpassed herself. This is the best YA book she's written. If you loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, you will ABSOLUTELY love Star-Swept (not least because there MAY be a little cameo by some of your favourite characters). If you enjoye
Apr 29, 2013 Shiku marked it as to-read
Is it just me or does it sound as if it's set in the same world as "For Darkness Shows the Stars"?

EDIT: as she writes here:

Is this book a companion to For Darkness Shows the Stars?

Yes! It’s set in the same world as FDSTS (after the Earth was devastated by the Reduction and the wars of the Reduction), and in the same time period as FDSTS (a few generations after healthy children start being born to the Reduced). However… Star-Swept takes place in a different land called New Pacifica, where socie
Wendy Darling

Loooved this. As a huge Scarlet Pimpernel fan, I was skeptical going in, but this is a fantastic retelling, as well as a dashing, romantic adventure on its own. The story line involving Persis' parents--and her own uncertain fate--is touching, too.
Jan 27, 2013 Louisa marked it as to-read
... What? So, that's it for Elliot and Kai?

Nooooooo I HATE it when authors finish off a book when there's still so much stuff that is going to happen in the protagonist's life!!!

4.5 stars

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for a copy of this ARC

Based on The Scarlet Pimpernel? Hmmm. That sounded different and interesting.
Of course, because I'm a total slacker, I had never actually read Orczy's novel.
So. It may be hard to believe, but I decided to bite the proverbial bullet and read...gulp...a classic. Yes ladies and gentlemen, in preparation for this book, I read The Scarlet Pimpernel.
I know! I'm impressed with myself, too!

As it turns out, Pimpernel is a pretty ea

Rating: A romantic, fun, original sci-fi twist on a classic that I loved right up until the very end. BOOK, WHY YOU NO HAVE SEQUEL??

The story: Overall, I enjoyed this book more than For Darkness Shows the Stars. FDStS was a slow-paced, emotional retelling of a slow-paced, emotional Jane Austen novel: Persuasion, which happens to be one of my favorites evere. Across a Star-Swept Sea is a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I have not yet read, but which I understand to be a bit more adventu
Faye, la Patata
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.

Goodness gracious me. What an amazing, meaningful, thrilling book. Honestly, I expected a lot from Peterfreund, given I really enjoy her writing and storytelling skillz, as well as loved For Darkness Shows the Stars, but oh potatoes! Across a Star-Swept Sea was leagues and leagues better than the first instalment in terms of characters, prose, dialogue, plot, and development! I'm really at a loss fo
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Across A Star-Swept Sea is the companion to For Darkness Shows The Stars and I'm so glad that Peterfreund decided to revisit the world of the Reduced. Across A Star-Swept Sea took me a while to read due it's extremely slow-pace and there were several times where I felt like abandoning it. I trudged through Across A Star-Swept Sea for a decent part of the book, but then suddenly I decided to put aside all of my books and focus only on this book. I quickly became addict
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
There's a life lesson in this series for me. Much as I think I'm going to love the books that retell favorites, I'm probably actually going to prefer the ones that retell books I didn't like or that I haven't read. The latter is the case with The Scarlet Pimpernel, though I do have it on my shelves, along with a fifth of the other books I hope to read someday but haven't. Initially, I was a bit skeptical to a sequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars, but Peterfreund weaves Across a Star-Swept Sea ...more
Aw, Across a Star-Swept Sea.

I really don’t want to do this, but… I’m going to have to abandon you.

No no no, don’t cry! There’s nothing you could have done any different. It’s me, not you.

Because honestly. If one was to deep look into my heart, where my secret-most wishes are kept, you’d see written in huge neon letters, “I Want Someone To Write The Scarlet Pimpernel In Fucking Space.”

It’s actually making me a little tingly just thinking about it.

But I’m in the process of moving! I’m losing trac

For Darkness Shows the Stars was among my top ten favourite books last year. Diana Peterfreund has proven herself again and again with me. I adored her Killer Unicorn series and I adore this one as well. It is no surprise that its sequel, Across a Star-Swept Sea, is just as incredible of a read as the first book is.

While not a direct sequel Star-Swept Sea is a companion book to For Darkness… It takes place in a different part of a world ravaged by Reduction, a brain malady that brought civiliza
Last year I read and fell in love with Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars. It was in fact one of my favourite books of 2012. So, it's no surprise that I was ecstatic when heard that the author was planning on writing a companion novel. Across the Star-Swept Sea is every bit as brilliant as its predecessor, if you're a fan of sci-fi/dytopian books it's definitely worth checking out.

Peterfreund excels at characterisation. Persis is a smart, savvy, and capable mc, but she hides beneat
4.5 Stars

An absorbing tale of adventure, politics, and with a dash of romance in it, this is the perfect story for all of those readers who want a little something more in their reads.
You know? The readers who feel as if no author, no story, can surprise them anymore... *hands in the air*
(at least it works for old jaded me!)

This is probably the most inspired Scarlet Pimpernel retelling that I'll ever read!
(Okay, this is the first one I've read...but I doubt that I'll read better! lol)

Of cours
For Darkness Shows the Stars was the best YA book I've read in many months, so I was eagerly awaiting reading its sequel. And was I ever disappointed. It is more of a companion novel than a true sequel, though still set in the same universe and timeframe. This time, the book is inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, with twin island nations in the Pacific subbing in for England and France. In sharp contrast to Elliot and Kai's known world, these islands have embraced technology and invented a cure f ...more
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In short: Across A Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund combines an admirable protagonist, an affecting romance, and an engaging story line to make it an exceptional read.

In my review of For Darkness Shows The Stars, I mentioned how nice it was to read a satisfyingly complete standalone for once instead of making a commitment to stick it out with a long-winded series with a never-ending amount of loose-ends. Well, that was before Across A Star-Swept Sea was
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Mar 27, 2013 Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada marked it as to-read
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YES! Companion novel! *dances* loved FDSTS!
the golden witch.
LOVED IT. Review to come!
Actual Rating 3.5

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The Story:
This was my second book from Diana Peterfreund, the first being For Darkness Shows the Stars, which was beautifully done. I was beyond excited to learn there would be a companion novel and jumped at the chance to read it. I will admit that Across a Star Swept Sea started off slowly for me. I had trouble getting back into the world and understanding all the intricacies. I think if I had reread For Darkness I migh
Persis Blake lives on the island of Albion, which very much resembles the natural beauty and climate of Hawaii. During the day, Persis is a frivolous and fashionable socialite, who has nothing more to do than gossip and host lavish parties. But at night, she is secretly the Wild Poppy, undertaking dangerous missions to free the oppressed people of the neighboring island of Galatea. If you know anything about the French Revolution, when the aristocrats were persecuted and murdered for their
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I've never read The Scarlet Pimpernel, but already, I think I would prefer this reimagining over the original tale, simply because the principle character is female in this story. I really love to see a girl in the role of spy, risking life and limb for her fellow man. What's more, I liked that everyone, and I mean everyone, assumed that the Wild Poppy was a man. I think that's why I favor this narrative without having ever read the other...the unwillingness of others in the story to believe tha ...more
Katie Stout
The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my all-time favorite books, so I was extremely excited to see a YA retelling of it. At the same time, I was a little afraid that it wouldn't be able to compare. Thankfully, I found Across a Star-Swept Sea a great read.

This is a loose interpretation of the original work, much as Diana Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars was for Persuasion. But honestly, that was fine with me. I really like this world that Peterfreund has created, and I especially liked the c
If I had one complaint about For Darkness Shows the Stars it was that I wanted a little bit more. Don't get me wrong, because I really do love it, but the whole plot is just Kai and Elliot falling 'out of hate' as my sister said.

This book had a love story just as delicious, but as a subplot, which I just loved. And the main plot, guys, is an adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I love Sir Percy Blakely and Lady Persis Blake does his memory proud. It made me a happy clam.

This plot is a lot more
For Darkness Shows Stars was easily one of my standout reads this year, and I'm so glad I can say this series gets stronger and stronger. The author is so crazily inventive with the different 'worlds', she can write a 5 book series and I'd gobble them all up..

While we continue to explore the effects of the Reduction on mankind, this book is set on the faraway New Pacifica. The twin islands of Galatea and Albion are abuzz with the latest exploits of the Wild Poppy- who has made his career smuggli
What a title! Can't wait to see the cover!

I had some initial minor complaints that were swept (see what I did there???) away by the author's assurances, as well as mostly by me reading the book, which is really quite good. Much better than I was expecting. I mean, a Scarlet Pimpernel retelling with a girl as the Pimpernel?? Color me wary. Not only that but I was less than enthusiastic about Peterfreund's For Darkness Shows the Stars. Not so here. We had it all; world building, good smart charact
Sink me, my dear! A VERY well done retelling of the Scarlet Pimpernel starring one ridiculously beautiful Lady Persis Blake! Utterly delightful, both true to the original story and an excellent follow up to FOR DARKNESS SHOW THE STARS (which was a great retelling of Persuasion). I adored Persis and Justen, and once I hit the last hundred pages, I absolutely couldn't put the book down! At one point I thought, I want someone to hold that @##%^% down and beat her with a rock . . . and I was obliged ...more
Dec 28, 2013 Kerry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, 8, library, ya, sf
I really rather enjoyed this in the end. It kept me turning the pages, although I had a pause towards the end because I knew things were going to get bad before they got better. That's the main downside to a book like this, that is a retelling of another well known book. It means I know when things are going to go wrong.

The setting is very clever and interesting - especially that it is in the same world as For Darkness Shows the Stars and yet is quite different. The characters are well drawn and
I really enjoyed the book and how it dealt with the loose retelling of the story, The Scarlet Pimpernel, however I didn't like the book as much as the first book in the series. I guess the reason for this was probably because I found that this particular book had a much slower pace (at least in my opinion) compare to the first book and I admit that I was a little confused about the world in this book as well (which should probably be blamed on the fact that I have not re-read the first book in a ...more
Books that retell classics are a bit of Kryptonite for me. I love visiting familiar plots in new and different ways. For Darkness Shows the Stars was such a complete win for me that I had high hopes for this one going in. Perhaps it was my mood but this one just didn't quite hit a home run for me. I still think this is a great book. I just didn't fall in love with the characters like I did in the first book. The theme of science being twisted for a political agenda was fabulous and very well tho ...more
3.5 stars. Hopefully a review to come for this.

I had a quote saved up for this, with the pages marked up and everything, but I guess I forgot about the review before I returned it.
I found it sort of hard to get into this book in the beginning. I really liked the first book in this companion series (though I count them as standalones). This one just didn't seem to work out all that much.
First, I was kind of confused with what was going on in the story. The author does a really good job at expl
I really enjoyed this book! It's a re-telling of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and a sequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars (which is a re-telling of Persuasion). I love The Scarlet Pimpernel, and I wasn't disappointed by this version. I liked the setting and the discussion of issues, which gave it more substance than most teen books (although it is still most definitely a teen book). This is one of the better recent teen books I have read (and it was clean!), and I hope that Diana Peterfreund will wri ...more
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Diana Peterfreund has been a costume designer, a cover model, and a food critic. Her travels have taken her from the cloud forests of Costa Rica to the underground caverns of New Zealand (and as far as she’s concerned, she’s just getting started). Diana graduated from Yale University in 2001 with dual degrees in Literature and Geology, which her family claimed would only come in handy if she wrote ...more
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