waiting on wednesday (52)

Today I’m participating in "Waiting On" Wednesday, a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Its purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars was on my list of best books of 2012. I called it “a masterfully written novel that explores the nature of love, duty and evolution.”  It also just so happened to be a retelling of one of my favorite books of all time, Persuasion by Jane Austen.  I admit that I thought to myself, ‘how is she ever going to top that?!’  Then, of course, I found out that Peterfreund’s next book was a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel, set in the same world as For Darkeness Shows the Stars.  I died.  I am dead.  The Scarlet Pimpernel was ANOTHER obsession of mine – from high school.  I cannot count how many times I’ve read it, and I cannot flipping wait to read this retelling.  Across A Star-Swept Sea will be released by Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) on October 15, 2013.

across a star-swept sea by diana peterfreund book coverCenturies 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.

What books are you waiting on?

13 comments:

Jackie said...

I love the cover, good choice :)

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thekams said...

I'm excited for this one too, which is a little odd since For Darkness Shows the Stars is still sitting on my shelves unread (this month, I swear!). I feel like I should probably read the classics they're based on, too ;) Great pick!

Nikki R said...

WOAH HOLD THE PHONE - I adored "For Darkness Shows the Stars", but I did not know this sequel was a retelling of Scarlet Pimpernel! Oh my gosh, can it please come out sooner. *_*

Liviania said...

This is on top of my list too, unsurprisingly.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great pick. I love the cover.

BURIED IN BOOKS said...

I have this one on my list too! But I have never read The Scarlet Pimpernel. I don't even have any idea what it is about. Not a clue. You think I should read it before I read this one? I should probably read my copy of For Darkness Shows the Stars for the world building and all shouldn't I? Yeah, probably!

Great pick. What the hell is a Pimpernel?

Heather

Little Miss Becky said...

Not only does your enthusiasm for this book make me want to read this series, it makes me want to read Persuasion and Scarlet Pimpernel! :D Great pick!

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This one sounds fantastic. Can't wait for this one, great pick!

Bookish Brunette said...

(Apparently I'm a tard and can't comment on the right post!)

I wasn't a huge fan of Diana Peterfreund’s Rampant... I don't think I even finished it! :/ but that was years go, and I need to give her books another shot!!! This one sounds awesome!

Jenny said...

ME TOO CECELIA!!!! I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars so much, I'm thrilled she's doing more of these retellings:) I haven't read The Scarlet Pimpernel, but I hadn't read Persuasion either when I read FDStS and it didn't detract from the story for me. CANNOT WAIT!

Natalie Bell said...

Great pick! I didn't read For Darkness, but this sounds really interesting and that cover is so pretty!
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Charlotte said...

I still haven't read Darkness...so I'm waiting to wait for this one, as it were.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I've never read The Scarlet Pimpernel, but I read Persuasion for the first time this past semester at school so I'm curious about For Darkness Shows the Stars!

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