Happy Wednesday, all! It's so lovely to have you here! Today's post is part of the weekly meme Waiting on Wednesdays hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. I'm very excited about my pick this week, so let's get started!
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.
So, um, the cover. It's one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in my life. The colors and all the shades of blue are perfect, and the way the ocean and the dress blend together is fantastic. I love the stars, too. The model's pose is also perfect and I just love everything about this cover.
It's also a companion to For Darkness Shows the Stars, which I absolutely loved, and I can't wait to read this. I can't wait to meet Justen. I also love that it's inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel. So, yeah, I kind of need this.
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