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America Pacifica by Anna North
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Dec 16, 2011

did not like it

Only read this book if you have a morbid curiosity to experience the reality I am about to describe: America Pacifica is a twenty-year-old dystopia located on an island--colonized after survival on the mainland of North America has become impossible due to a sudden and swift ice age--controlled by a ubiquitous and ultimately debilitated man via propaganda and violence against incoming ships seeking to rescue people from the overcrowded city. Add to that a tendency for the main character--who was born on the island--to reference current American culture and experiences, and you can get a feel for this unsuccessful and derivative piece of work. I was constantly shocked out of the story by references and verbiage of the characters, and the lack of believability is on the minute scale as well as the overall story arc. Perhaps I have read too much great science fiction--Orson Scott Card, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert--to be able to appreciate something so confused.
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