ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA
Peterfreund’s novel is riveting and intense. She pairs a wonderful landscape with a dramatic, intense plot and colorful characters. Readers will love this page-turning story and its dramatic climax.
In the time after the Reduction, a genetic, brain power-reducing disorder has been eradicated. But a revolution on the Island of Galatea has the newly empowered people using a pill mimicking the Reduction on the aristocracy. On the neighboring Island of Albion, Persis Blake is the life of the party at the royal court. Few would fathom that she’s actually the famous spy, the Wild Poppy, trying to save the prisoners on Galatea. But when she crosses paths with Galatean Justen Helo, the war and their own destinies change forever. On the orders of her princess, they reluctantly begin a courtship that has both islands watching. As the danger swirls around them, Justen and Persis must rely on each other. (BALZER + BRAY, Oct., 464 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780062006165, HC, 12 & Up)