I received this book at no cost from the publisherPacifica by Kristen Simmons
Published by Tor Teen on March 6th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she’s meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council’s favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.
Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president’s son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam’s safe return.
When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.
Praise for PACIFICA
“A harrowing world where overpopulation is rampant and pollution stifling. The characters creep into your heart with raw, familiar issues of love, friendship, and family ties, careening you on a plot fraught with just as many twists as there are pieces of trash in the ocean. Pacifica will have you breathlessly fearing our own future.” ―New York Times bestselling author Sara Raasch
Praise for KRISTEN SIMMONS
“Like The Handmaid’s Tale, Simmons’s book serves as essential commentary on women’s rights.” ―Cosmopolitan.comon The Glass Arrow
“I’m clutching my mangled heart and smiling madly, so it’s that kind of book. Such gorgeous heartbreak! Smart, absorbing, and deeply human.” ―New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor on Metaltown
“A compelling, inspiring read. The characters had me rooting for rebels, fights worth fighting, and girls with gumption. By the time it was over, I had my fist in the air.” ―New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake on Metaltown
Dear Dog. Since I live near the Pacific Ocean, this whole story is giving me chills. Imagine a world where the climate is gone beserk and sea levels are now raging, not the whole Water World disaster since this story is entirely believable. This book centers around Marin who is making a living as a sailor and cosario (pirate) from her home island that is now divided into the haves and have-nots, those who live above the sea level in safe housing and those who exist near the docks, the Shorelings. The story takes place in the Sacramento area which is now the capital of the Alliance and with most of the population gone and several hundred now forced to island called Pacifica much like the internment of the Japanese. (There is a poignant forward about how the author’s own history inspired this story.)
Ross and Adam decide to slum it and go for an adventure and of course, being the president and vice-presidents’ sons should be aware of the danger that comes with adventure. Adam is captured by the pirates and now Marin meets up with Ross and must decide to help him or ransom him to help her family survive. Ahhh, so many feelings with this. The story struggles a bit with pace but overall this is a wonderful dystopian tale that reminds me a bit of the Hunger Games. I really hope there is another installment since I really enjoyed this and could see the story going in different directions with the characters.
This is a full-on action adventure type book with lots of great points brought up about the current social and political climate combined with climate change. The budding romance between Ross and Marin is a little Romeo – Juliet, but is nicely done and believable. I really enjoyed this book and now I need to go back and read Metaltown and the rest of Simmons’ work.
KRISTEN SIMMONS is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.
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