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.
I enjoyed reading Pacifica, and although the Article 5 series still holds a special place in my heart, Pacifica was just as amazing as her debut trilogy. I loved the plot, the characters, and the setting. I also really liked that this was based off of Japanese internment camps, and that it's a more personal story because it reflects what happened to Kristen Simmon's family during WWII.
The book is told in dual perspectives of Ross and Marin. I thought that Kristen Simmons did a fantastic job of developing both of the characters - and you get to see how they change and grow throughout the novel, which is something I love to see happen. I thought that they were both very unique characters, but they also clicked together.
The story also has a lot of action, but personally, I felt that initially, the story was slow and hard to get into, but after it picked up the pacing, I couldn't put the book down, until I finished it. Another thing that I liked about this book was the political aspect, because I felt that there was relevance to what is going on in our world today. I think it highlights some very important current issues.
I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of fantasy.
Thanks to Jean BookNerd and Tor Teen for sending me this book for review.
Praise for 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
"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.com on 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
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