‘Across a Star-Swept Sea’ by Diana Peterfreund: A Fun, Futuristic Take on ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’
For anyone who hasn’t read Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars, you should probably go do that right now. It’s a post-apocalyptic YA adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which is pretty much as awesome as it sounds. In case you were wondering, it’s worth noting that Peterfreund is also a very talented writer in addition to having some great ideas about reinterpreting classic literature. Her latest novel comes out Tuesday (October 15th) and puts a new spin on The Scarlet Pimpernel, replacing the titular spy with a teenage girl who poses as a clueless socialite by day, and rescues prisoners of war by night—all against the backdrop of a brilliantly crafted futuristic world.
Star-Swept has everything that I loved from Diana Peterfreund’s previous book, but with a story all its own: a fast-paced plot, a captivating post-apocalyptic setting, crazy-enough-to-be-plausible tech, and a simmering romance. Across the Star-Swept Sea is an enchanting amalgam of adventure, political espionage, romance, and science fiction, tinged with humor and wrapped in a sparkling futuristic world. Whether you’re familiar with the original story or not, you’ll love this book.
Posted on October 14, 2013, in Books and tagged Across a Star-Swept Sea, book reviews, Diana Peterfreund, post-apocalyptic, Required Reading, retellings of classic literature, The Scarlet Pimpernel, YA, young adult. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.