Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacificaone of the last places on earth that is still habitable, after North America has succumbed to a second ice age. Education, food, and basic means of survival are the province of a chosen few, while the majority of the island residents must struggle to stay alive. The rich live in "Manhattanville" mansions made...more
this is a new slant on the old dystopia.
so, north america has been consumed by a second ice age, and all that's left is this one island off the coast, reinforced by heaps of garbage that is gradually crumbling into the sea. whatever survivors were able to escape from the cold remains of the mainland struggle for survival under a system that is blatantly unfair and led by some egomaniacal lunatic who ignores the suffering and makes wild promises and plans that cannot be fulfilled. however, there...more
In the novel survi...more
I was looking for a more traditional, fast-paced post-apocalyptic story, where much of the book focuses on the journey and the characters' struggles to survive in their changed world. This is a much more established world-- the characters already have their places and the story's empha...more
The novel is dark and gritty, le...more
"The guard station at Eighteenth and Avenida was next to a taco stand. Every time the wind changed, the gamy, artificial smell of imitation goat washed over the people squatting in the packed waiting room, and the women waved their hands in front of their faces and the children pinched their noses and the men looked out t...more
The growing trend in dystopian fiction has sucked me in hook, line and sinker. I thought I was getting another gem with AMERICA PACIFICA, the concept seemed so very original. Yet, unfortunately the tone and descriptions of the world ruined it for within the first few pages. The novel was just too gritty, the descriptions left a terrible taste in my mouth and I felt like I was swallowing back bile as I read through these pages. This, I guess is a remarkable testament...more
This book starts off with 18 year old Darcy and her mom, Sarah, living in a run down apartment type complex on an island called America Pacifica. The story takes place after the second Ice Age.
Darcy's mom was one of the first to settle on America Pacifica when everyone had to evacuate the mainland. Darcy has plenty of questions for her mom about life on the ma...more
We do not see many characters in great depth. The reader lives in Darcy's head, and Darcy doesn't let herself get close to anyone. People you think you should trust turn out to be less than trustworthy, and really, it's a good thing th...more
Having said that, I found the prose a little flat in at times, like the there wasn't any fun being had with language. Anna North writes in a style that delivers facts and information, which can be great, but I felt that a lot of the greater attempts at descriptions did not do that much for me....more
Set in the relatively near future, there’s a new ice age and people, unable to live on mainland America anymore, have retreated to a small island in the Pacific. Darcy, an eighteen year old girl who works in a retirement home sets out to find out what has happened to her mother and inadvertently becomes the figurehead for a revolution.
I like this type of fiction normally but this one doesn’t work on any level. The future society has far too many holes in it to be c...more
America Pacifica takes place at some point in the not-so-distant future (my guess would be about 40 years from now). In the future, North America succumbs to a new ice age, leaving most of the continent completely uninhabitable. An island colony was established in the Pacific Ocean. This new settlement was dubbed America Pacifica, and holds about 50,000 residents. The island is governed by a mysterious dictator whose council keeps a very tight hold on ever...more
The main character, Darcy, is a teen you pulls you in immediately. You instantly feel for her lack of understand...more
1. Darcy, the main character, is authentic. She doesn't know everyone's name. She doesn't function via superhuman strength. Her weaknesses, and the weaknesses in her world view, are as likely to save her as de...more
The story is a futuristic, apocolyptic novel - a genre I tend to enjoy. A 2nd Ice Age has enveloped North America and waves of survivors have migrat...more
North also does a great job creating believable characters and explaining their motivations and why they interac...more
Well, I thought the book was written very well. Sometimes I found it hard to picture the world Anna North created, especially all the Sea-whatever material, but I got by. There's a quite a lot of descriptions about areas the main character, Darcy, visits and most of them aren't pretty. I started to feel dirty when reading some parts, so I guess the author succeeded in that? I started t...more