Author: Diana Peterfreund.
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. (Published summary.)
Sexual content: While pretending to be shallow and flirtatious, “Persis crossed her legs, allowing the silk of her robe to part past her knees”. She also runs her hands through J’s hair. Several kisses with some details. A hug.
Violence: Manta ray killed by eels. Two characters knocked out by drugs. Various characters kidnapped. Mink bites a character’s shoulder. Character accidentally cuts his own thumb with a knife. Although it’s not on screen for the most part, there is clear knowledge of the fact that people are forcibly given the Reduction pill, which causes brain damage.