Book Review: PACIFICA, by Kristen Simmons

In 2016, I read, and loved METALTOWN, rating it my favorite book of the year. When I received a copy of PACIFICA to review, I couldn’t wait to dig in.

PACIFICA is a YA Dystopian that is different, and unique. The world is a mess. There are basically two types of people. The Haves and the Have Nots. The sun is too hot. The oceans levels have risen. Land is a commodity. Garbage and pollution are everywhere.

The government held a lottery. 500 people have been selected for relocation. Pacifica is a newly discovered island paradise. Grass, trees, and fresh water! It is almost too good to be true. Those not selected are rising up in protest. They want in on the dream. Riots ravage the city streets.

When the President and Vice President’s sons, Ross and Adam, want an up-close look at the riots they run in to more than they bargained for.

Marin is a pirate. Born a pirate. Away from the ocean, she is stuck on the mainland making and selling tar –a sort of futuristic drug like meth– to make a living. The profits she gives to her friend who runs a shelter for homeless orphans. Although she makes a difference in their lives, she can’t make enough tar to save them all. Things are that bad. When she encounters Ross and Adam being attacked by government police, she interferes with the rioters trying to free them from getting arrested.

Shots fired. Fighting ensues. Ross is alone, and will give up his privilege to save both Marin and Ross –even if it means going head to head with the enemy. He must find where the lottery winners are shipping off to. He must find Pacifica. He and Marin tackle the ocean in search for the sanctuary. What they find instead will change their future forever!

As with METALTOWN, PACIFICA has amazing characters. The dialogue is crisp. The description paints a desolate landscape –an all too possible future. The subtle undertones of political stance are clear, and relevant. This book is right up there on my Favorites List once again. I am loving Kristen Simmons. This lady can tell a tale. And pirates? Who doesn’t love pirates? I would love to see more books in this world she has a created. (And for what it is worth, I would love more books in the METALTOWN world).

Phillip Tomasso
Author of Absolute Zero
and Damn the Dead 

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