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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  741 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Marin is corsario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Ma ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Tor Teen
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C.G. Drews
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to say it --> This is pretty much one of the BEST pirate stories I've read! I don't even know where to begin with this review?! Peoples, I absolutely freaking adored this one. I actually wasn't sure it'd work for me, as I'm not super keen on dystopian anymore. But it was perfect. It absolutely swallowed my feels whole and I just (!!!)

My emotions are all: !!!!!

• pirates; badass epic conniving pirates
• one of the best most wholesome friendships ever
• shipping (relati
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I looooooooooooooooooooooooved this book. So much. OMG.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Pacifica by Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Review copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They h
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
1. The world-building creates a plot that's really timely and relevant.
This book shows a world of trash--literally. In this dystopian world, everything we haven't done to save Mother Nature has taken its toll. Global warming went to an extreme; all the icebergs in the world melted; miles and miles of trash make the seas almost inhabitable.

2. The heroine was strong, fierce, and smart.
At first, Marin was just your typical, I-need-redemption-so-I-need-to-be-badass heroine. She grew a lot throughout
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I had high hopes for Pacifica, even more so after I read the author’s foreword and realized the story was in part inspired by the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II—a topic that gets touched upon relatively rarely in this genre. And yet, despite the book’s poignant themes, I felt that much of their significance was lost amidst some plot, pacing, and characterization issues. I still had a good time with th
Mindee Arnett
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kristen Simmons has a gift for cultivating the sweetest of loves from the darkest of places. In Pacifica, she's created a bleak, futuristic world that's utterly believable and terrifying, and yet from out of it springs the greatest of hope, carried on the back of its fierce main characters. I was swept away. ...more
Katie McGarry
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early copy of this manuscript and loved it!
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:


GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Ocean Blue.

Kristen Simmons is an author who I've known about for awhile. When I heard about Pacifica I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

Before deciding to buy Pacifica (not in my library) I read the sample. I was intrigued! The world was interesting, and the characters were good! I was really looking forward to reading it. I was just going to wait a few days before I bought. Those days passed and I completely forgot abo
Karen’s Library
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Pacifica, Kristen Simmons gives us a scary realistic near future post apocalyptic world where the Melt has covered much of the landmasses with water.

Kristen bases much of the story on an island of garbage (and this is based on reality! Look up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is twice the size of Texas!) where the Eighty-Sixers (pirates) live.

I really enjoyed the characters of Ross, Marin, and Alex. Marin was a strong kickass female lead with a good heart.

I thoroughly enjoined this book
alice (arctic books)
Once again, Kristen Simmons creates a vivid post-apocalyptic world view, this time focusing on climate change and the effect it has on the future. PACIFICA is filled with action-packed scenes, a tender romance, and a harrowing and intriguing setting.

PACIFICA follows Marin, a cosario (think pirate), and Ross, the son of the President in this futuristic government. As their paths cross, they figure out the truth about Pacifica, the tropical island to which five hundred citizens are to be sent. I i
Erin Arkin
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Pacifica, Kristen Simmons has created a world where climate change has impacted the world so negatively that the world we know today doesn’t exist any longer and I have to say, it is quite frightening that this could probably actually happen. It's no secret that I love the stories that Simmons writes and this one is no different. From start to finish I was immersed in this story of politics, friendship, and family. Also – the cover is amazing! As spoilers below.

This book is told f
chloe ♡
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

The beginning was meh. I didn't care for Ross or Adam because to me, they seemed like rich brats living privileged lives without knowing how lucky they are and taking what they have for granted. But as I continue reading the book, I realised that they are not as shallow and stuck-up as they may seem at first. Their bromance is so adorable and it is really clear that they care a lot about each other. Ross even risks his life to find Adam when he is missing.

Before reading the boo
ahhhh, this was just as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be!! I've been waiting--wanting--to read Pacifica for the longest time now, and it was so, so worth it. I loved Marin, I loved Ross (despite... his name... which shouldn't matter, but when it's the same as the guy from Friends, yeah), and I loved the complicated relationships they had with each other and with other people in their lives.

This was just SO GOOD.
Nitzan Schwarz
Mar 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Nitzan by: C.G. Drews
tbh after The Foxhole Court I want to read every single thing Cait says is worth reading?? ...more
Another 5 star read from Kristen Simmons!

I loved everything about this. It was a quick read, with lots of action, and the world building was amazing. A lot of it took place on boats and the ocean, and that was so cool! I loved the 3 main characters and their differences and similarities. The dynamic between the 3 of them really made this book for me.
Scottsdale Public Library
This fascinating teen novel is sure to give environmentalists nightmares, set in the world after the Melt has raised sea levels to dangerous heights. Marin is a young woman who ekes out a living using her skills as a sailor and scavenger while navigating ocean waters filled with debris. Added to the mix is a plan to evacuate some portions of the population to the island of Pacifica, promised to be a paradise for its inhabitants. When you mix a romantic interest, danger, political intrigue and a ...more
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jun 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
Pirates, pirates, pirates! Kick-ass female pirates =D
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Same Review Also Posted On My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

First of all, I never read Kristen Simmon's books but I was very much excited to read Pacifica because it says pirates and sea adventure in a dystopian world. I mean who could resist that? not me. This story was actually inspired from the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It was an enjoyable read and I really liked the plot and the concept, but it was missing that wow factor that'll leave you in ama
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

PACIFICA is a compelling story of what the future could look like in a world ravaged by global warming. While that might seem like a super intense subject, PACIFICA manages to show the cost to humans while still entertaining with pirates, romance and nearly constant action. One of my most anticipated books of the year, PACIFICA did not disappoint.

When the story opens, the reader is thrown into the middle of everything. With alternating chapters between
Amanda B
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second book by Kristen Simmons that I have tried because she is going to be at an event I am also going to be at. Sadly, I am once again disappointed. I liked Pacifica more than her other novel, but I don’t think I’ll be trying any other books by her.
I have the same issues with this story that I did with ARTICLE 5. The setting was incredible. A dystopian California full of political drama and ruined by natural disasters along with other human causes. The world was interesting and cha
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper

“Even if Marin didn’t want to go, she didn’t have a choice. Living here, hiding here from her own people, didn’t come free. She would not starve, or let his crew starve, while she could still do something.”

Oh, my god! This was the pirate book I never knew I wanted until I read it! To be completely honest, I didn’t have any idea that it was going to be a book about pirates, but I must say I was pleasantly surprised with the
Kristen Simmons states in the acknowledgments of Pacifica that this is her most personal book to date, as it incorporates several important themes that are relevant to both herself and her family, mainly the oppression and prejudice that her family has experienced during WW2 and the heartbreaking mistreatment of the Japanese by the Americans. That very important element plays a strong role in this novel and while the ire and the prejudice isn’t aimed directly at people of a particular race or et ...more
Munro's Kids
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This kind of book isn't really what I gravitate towards. I didn't love it, but I do respect it. Despite the fact it didn't do much for me, I would happily recommend it to the right audience.

It's a very topical book: climate change has destroyed parts of the earth, and most of the west coast of North America is underwater (i.e. there are plenty of references to "the California Islands"). I'm sure lots of other places are underwater too, but our story is focused on this are
Hannah L (Reviewer)
In a post-apocolyptic world, nature is lashing out. Humanity has had to change to survive, but with people, somethings never truly change. Marin is a pirate in this new world. She is a cut throat, sailing and dangerous buccaneer, and she also has been trapped away from her people on land with the land lovers; then one day, and opportunity arrived. Ross is the son of the President, prestigious and powerful. He needs Marin to help him find and save his friend, and in the process they both get suc
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, read-but-unowned
I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

I admit, the word pirate got to me. I am a sucker for pirate novels and have a high expectation of what the novel should consist of. And the way this novel starts? Not at all to do with pirates. And I understood that, so I kept trucking along through the book, but when I got to 40%, I just couldn't do it anymore. It was all political, giving the reader the backstory of what happened to the world with global warming
Carina Olsen
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-want
I have been meaning to read this book for so long. And now I finally made myself start it. Which I'm so happy that I did. Even though I did not completely love this book, I enjoyed it so much. And I'm so glad that I read it. It is an important story. One that I think everyone should read. It felt so real and all kinds of scary.

There was so much I liked about this book. The writing was so stunning. The story was interesting. The characters were well done. And the history behind everything was per
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Pacifica is a future dystopian novel by Kristen Simmons. I am kind of picky when it comes to dystopian novels, because like a lot of people, I read a TON of them several years back, and they all started to feel similar and I got burnt out on the storyline. But Pacifica sounded too good to pass up, and I am so glad that I didn't pass it up because I loved this book! I loved it! it made me want to go binge read all of
Syd (deertales)
curse you goodreads for your lack of half star ratings! this was more like a 3.5 star read...

as far as post apocalyptic stories go, pacifica is one of the best that i have read. the book deals with some very relevant climate and environmental issues as the foundation of the world building, but also some pretty heavy social issues as well. we're talking about corrupt politicians, systematic racism, drug use, hoarding of resources to create an even greater disparity between the rich and the poor.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Pacifica is a very timely warning about the effects of global warming. In the book, the land on earth is slowly sinking beneath the waves of the ocean, and resources are scarce. People are hungry, and oftentimes have to go without power because of blackouts. When they're promised a chance at a new life on a tropical island called Pacific by the wealthy, the people living near the shoreline are apprehensive. If the island is so great, why don't the wealthy go? What aren't the wealthy telling them ...more
Minni Mouse
DNF at 31% because the YA dystopian and post-apocalyptic themes are not my thing.

1) Action was good.

2) Plot elements were being explored well with subtle nods to current social affairs.

Book chemistry fail.

I'm okay, thanks.
Tiffany Heitz
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I give this book 3.5 stars. I always round up though. :)
I did a review on my wordpress :)
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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA, and the upcoming DECEIVERS. She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more updates on Kristen and her writing, follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @kris10writes.

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