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Cities at Sea

2.23  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A thousand years hence, all the major cities of the world are at sea, floating on huge rafts, using ocean currents to navigate. Sal, a young girl on the Sydney raft, training as a navigator, visits Shanghai which is the largest raft city of all, on holiday. She hopes to find the famous genetic scientist, Jezzy, who will modify her body to give her gills. She wants to be ...more
Unknown Binding, 228 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Martin Simons (first published January 1st 2012)
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Punk Farie
Oct 11, 2013 Punk Farie rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
My Rating – 2 Stars

*I received a digital copy of this novel free from Netgalley on behalf of Martin Simons*

I hate reviews like this.

Ok here it goes…

The world has flooded and not much actual land remains. The cities of the world exist on giant floating rafts that house millions of people. Everyone looks to same (beautiful and brown skinned) and speaks roughly the same language. There is no crime and very little sickness. People are free and encouraged to have sex with everyone because there is no
Jul 06, 2014 Lily rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
DNF at 15%

Couldn't get into this at all. There was so little world building, I couldn't picture anything. Imaginative plot but the execution was poor.
Sep 06, 2013 C rated it liked it
Shelves: galley-arc

There was much I liked about this book. It had the feel of (very much) Brave New World meets The Little Mermaid (my boss mentioned Wall-E and the self-contained spaceships) and it started out very interesting, but in the second half of the book it seemed to derail. Instead of focusing on Sal, the scope was broadened to the people of the raft and the overall experience of the raft itself. I actually didn't mind this; however, so much build up went into Sal and this change from being an air breath
Kayla (The Thousand Lives)
My Initial Thoughts/Rambling: I was initially excited to read this book, because of the premise, but then I saw who had written it. Simons was the author of Jenny Rat, which if you remember didn't turn out so well for me. But, I persisted, and actually finished this one. It wasn't as difficult as Jenny Rat, but it wasn't the best either. Possible Spoilers Ahead.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What did I think about the characters? There really
Lori L (She Treads Softly)

Cities at Sea by Martin Simons is set in a future where the water levels have risen, one presumes this is due to global warming, and major cities of the world have literally go to sea. Cities are now huge floating self-sustaining concerns where millions of people live. We meet Sal, a seventeen year old middie from the Sidney raft who wants to go to the Shanghai raft to meet with Jezzy, a woman whose experiments in genetics have enabled her to give young people with a suitable background, gills.
Jan 22, 2016 Daniel rated it it was ok
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 1.75 of 5

This was a very interesting idea for a YA novel, but it fails to trust that the YA reader is capable of complex thought.

A thousand years in the future, all the major cities in the world are floating on giant rafts, using ocean currents to navigate. A young girl, Sal, meets with a genetic scientist, Jezzy, who has been working on a human modification to give humans the ability to breathe under water ... creating a mermaid
Kathryn Svendsen
My Thoughts:

Cities at Sea was an interesting and imaginative look into the future at what the world might be like after the seas rise due to global warming. The world’s issues of racial discrimination, poverty, disabilities have been solved. Everyone has the same skin colour, everyone has a job and contribution to make to society, disabilities and disfigurement can be repaired. There is no crime as the penalty for such is marooning of the offender, which is tantamount to a death sentence. Life i
Nick Turner
Exciting and imaginative Australian science fiction. A thousand years in the future, after sea level rises, people live on floating cities. Colloquially known as "rafts". Life on a raft is quite ordered. Each is commanded by a captain. A few landlubbers scratch a living on infertile scraps of land - disdained by rafters.

The details don't bear close examination but this isn't a scientific forecast, the work throws up speculations as a what if? It's a bit more than B-movie thrills. With substantia
Dec 21, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
Cities at Sea takes place in a future where global warming has flooded most of the continental land of the world. Several larger cities had the foresight to go to sea on large rafts that now sustain their populations and float along according to the currents. A resident on the Sydney raft, Sal wants more to life that floating on land when they are surrounded by water; so when she hears of a scientist on the Shanghai raft that is using stem cells to allow people to grow gills, Sal takes a chance ...more
Aug 11, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
I love the premise of the book - set in the future, and the world has become mostly an island. People live on huge rafts, and the population is cared for primarily by robots. Ugliness and disease, racial tension, skin color (everyone has essentially the same skin color) has all been cured or modified. People always have enough and are treated equally. it sounds like all should be Utopian...yet it is not. For some odd reason an old Scientist has discovered how to modify human genomes and selects ...more
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Although I am not a huge fan of dystopian fiction, the initial premise of the story about living on cities at sea because you can't live on land and the possibility of genetic manipulation to help you be able to live in the water appealed to me.

But, from the beginning, this story failed to grab me. It wasn't that the dialogue was the problem (the dialect is Australian). It was everything else.

The continuity of the
Isa Lavinia
Dec 31, 2014 Isa Lavinia rated it did not like it

arc provided by the author through Netgalley

It took me forever to actually read this arc because I never could get into it...

Seems I was right to do so.

While the concept is intriguing the execution is very poor - in fact, this read like a very rough draft of a novel. There is a lot of telling and virtually no show. The characters were boring, underdeveloped, and tstl.

All in all, a disappointment.

Elizabeth Grieve
Feb 03, 2016 Elizabeth Grieve rated it did not like it
I liked the premise of this, but was not able to read very far. It was not very well written, and appears to be in dire need of editing and some rewriting.

Review of a preview digital copy from the publisher.
Jan 24, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it
Cities at Sea
Simons, Martin
This is a story of distopia on the grandest scale, leaving the reader with the question of where politics and man part and were survival is the most important what liberty and ideals would you give up..
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Shelves: unfinished, read-2013
Not sure I can finish this. I was intrigued by the storyline, but the writing is simplistic.
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Katie Hamstead
May 31, 2015 Katie Hamstead rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, arc, dnf
Love the concept, but struggling to get into it. I'll try again in a few months.
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