The First Star To Fall
by Diana Peterfreund
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?
This was a far more serious story than the first two in the series have been. It is disturbing and powerfully written. Persis already intrigues me – she comes across as a strong young woman learning that the world is far more dangerous than she thinks, and she has choices to make.
Andrine and Isla and Tero are also interesting, and I hope to see more of them in the next story. The idea that Reduction is now being used as a punishment is terrifying.
I have to ask though, so the Luddites and Posts think they are all that is left of the world, and New Pacifica think they are all that is left of the world – Kai and Elliot left their part of the world, will they wind up in this part of the world during their explorations? It is intriguing how one society embraced innovation and technology and the other feared it.