Happy Release Day to:
Across a Star-Swept Sea
HarperCollins Balzer + Bray (US & CA: 15th October 2013)
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Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilisation, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a paradise where even the Reduction – the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars – is a distant memory. Yet on the island of Galatea, an uprising against the aristocracy 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 neighbouring Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous teenage aristocrat Persis Blake. Her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicised new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo…is her most dangerous mission ever. Justen is hiding things, too – his disenchantment with his country’s revolution, his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. Persis is also falling for Justen, but when she discovers his greatest secret – one that could plunge New Pacifica into another dark age – she realises she’s not just risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.