Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund is the sequel or companion book to For Darkness Shows The Stars. It is based in the story of The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy, which is one of my all-time favorite books. I loved this adaptation – set in a dystopian world where humanity was ravaged by both the horrible consequences of genetic manipulation gone wrong (the reduction) and a subsequent world war, the book introduces a whole new cast of characters. Gender-bending the cast of the Scarlet Pimpernel, the book is predictable yet original. I was swept up by the story and characters. Love, love, love!! It’s so great to find a great book!
New Pacifica consists of two nations – Albion and Galatea. Galatea is in the midst of a revolution, and the revolutionaries are using new Reduction Pills as their guillotine. The Wild Poppy is an Albion spy who is determined to save as many Aristos and Regs against the revolution as possible, in the face of incredible danger.
- Such a compelling setting! So different from For Darkness Shows The Stars but the same world (just another aspect of it).
- The technology is creative and fascinating.
- The characters are well rounded and believable. I loved Persis and Justen! I also thought the secondary characters were fantastic supports, if less focused on.
- I LOVED the appearance of a few familiar faces.
No complaints! 5/5!