Saturday, July 13, 2013

Saturday Shorts: The First Star to Fall

Discover how it all began . . .

New Pacifica was designed to be a tropical paradise, a refuge for humanity filled with natural wonders and technological marvels. A place of perfect peace, where “war” was only a war out of ancient history–or so the privileged teenage aristocrat Persis Blake had always been taught.

But then comes the revolution and the death of a queen, and suddenly it’s no longer enough for Persis to trust the words of her parents, the lessons of her teachers, and the decrees of the men in power.
One terrible night, Persis witnesses the truth: there are those who will stop at nothing to destroy her world… but is there anyone who could save it?    Quoted from Goodreads


!!!!! I am so excited for Across the Star-Swept Sea. Diana Peterfreund keeps picking books I absolutely adore. First we got For Darkness Shows the Stars, a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, and now she's doing a retelling of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel!  I absolutely can't wait for this book.  Of course too much anticipation and expectation can be a bad thing, but that's a whole different blog post.

This is an excellent novella/prequel.  It does everything a prequel should do.  It gets you excited for the book .  Introduces some of the main characters/conflicts, gives you a taste of what the full book will be, etc.  Plus, it's an entire story in itself.  If you're familiar with the book The Scarlet Pimpernel, you know where this story is going.  What this particular story gives us is one, life-altering day, where Persis's whole world is changed.  Again, if you've read TSP, you know where this is heading.  

I love the choice of subjects.  It's not something that you absolutely have to read before starting the next book, but it does matter to the next book.  Honestly, what this novella does more than anything is guarantee that I will absolutely pick up Across the Star-Swept Sea the day it comes out.  I can't wait to read more about Persis and her adventures, so I'm giving this story a strong 4 stars and counting down the days to October 15th.

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