Blue Skies. Green grass. Clear ocean water. An island paradise like the ones that existed before the Melt.
A lucky five hundred lottery winners will be the first to go, the first to leave their pulluted, dilapidated homes behind and start a new life. It sounds perfect. Like a dream.
The only problem? Marin Carey spent her childhood on those seas and knows there’s no island paradise out there. She’s corsario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him, and she knows a con when she sees one. So where are the First Five Hundred really going?
Marin isn’t the only one thinking something’s not right–people are rising up, demanding answers, and promptly being silenced. When a protest gets out of control and Marin encounters the son of the president in the middle of the riots–handsome but overly trusting, and looking for answers of his own–she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could restore her family’s legacy. Her fellow corsarios would forgive everything she’s done for that kind of money. But as she sails them acrss stormy, unpredictable waters, the situation becomes more complicated, and Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.
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Here’s what people are saying about PACIFICA:
“Simmons (Article 5, 2012; Metaltown, 2016) excels at dystopian fiction, and her admirable latest takes to the sea. …A breathtaking story full of high-seas adventure, power struggles, romance, betrayal, and more… Simmons’ great-grandmother was taken to a Japanese internment camp during WWII, and her experiences influence those of Marin and the pirates. …Non-stop action and surprises will keep readers enthralled through both rough waters and smooth sailing alike.”
Booklist, starred review
“A harrowing world. Pacifica will have you breathlessly fearing for our own future.”
-Sara Raasch, NYT Bestselling author
“Kristen Simmons has a gift for cultivating the sweetest of loves from the darkest of places. In Pacifica, she’s created a bleak, futuristic world that’s utterly believable and terrifying, and yet from out of it springs the greatest of hope, carried on the back of its fierce main characters. I was swept away.”
-Mindee Arnett, critically acclaimed author of Avalon