America Pacifica: A Novel

America Pacifica: A Novel

by Anna North


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Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica—one 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 from the last pieces of wood and stone, while the poor cower in the shantytown slums of "Hell City" and "Little Los Angeles," places built out of heaped up trash that is slowly crumbling into the sea. The island is ruled by a mysterious dictator named Tyson, whose regime is plagued by charges of corruption and conspiracy.

But to Darcy, America Pacifica is simply home—the only one she's ever known. In spite of their poverty she lives contentedly with her mother, who works as a pearl diver. It's only when her mother doesn't come home one night that Darcy begins to learn about her past as a former "Mainlander," and her mother's role in the flight from frozen California to America Pacifica. Darcy embarks on a quest to find her mother, navigating the dark underbelly of the island, learning along the way the disturbing truth of Pacifica's early history, the far-reaching influence of its egomaniacal leader, and the possible plot to murder some of the island's first inhabitants—including her mother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316105071
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 783,828
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anna North graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 2009, having received a Teaching-Writing Fellowship and a Michener/Copernicus Society Fellowship. North grew up in Los Angeles, and lives in Brooklyn.

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America Pacifica 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this. Oh, I did. My gods, I wanted to FINISH this--until I put it down after approximately a 90-minute sitting... and then never got back to it. There's nothing WRONG, per se, about the book. North is a talented author. Her world-building's spectacular: I could pretty much see this world about which she writes, this conglomeration of cultures and classes all crammed on a small tropical island. But I honestly felt no investment in the characters. And that, I guess, is what has separated my beloved YA books from well-written adult ones, how much I am invited to sympathize with the main character. And, 100 pages in, I felt bad for Darcy in the way I feel bad when I read about people's tragedies on news websites: I feel bad for them, but in a distant way. Darcy was just the girl I was reading about, and never the girl I felt for.
kqueue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The next ice age has arrived, and 40,000 North American survivors escaped to the island of America Pacifica. If you arrived on the first boat and are part of the ruling elite, your life hasn't changed much from the mainland. If you're a last-boater, however, it's a different story of filth, hunger and poverty. Eighteen year old Darcy Pern and her mother aren't on the very bottom rung of society, but they are pretty low. Darcy's life changes when her mother disappears and a decades old mystery begins to unravel. The author has phenomenal descriptive abilities that make every part of this island dystopia come alive. I found this a fascinating read.
melaniehope on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a dystopian novel set in the future. The story takes place in America Pacifica, an isolated island nation, home to refugees from the U.S. mainland ravaged by drastic climate change. Their government is run by a Big Brother¿like ruler named Tyson whose strict social hierarchy allows the richest residents to live in luxury while most citizens live in hovels and can barely afford food.Darcy, an 18-year-old girl lives with her mother in one of these hovels. She is desperate to find her mother after she goes missing. Darcy discovers that her mom played an important role in America Pacifica's early history. Her mom, along with several other early inhabitants of the island, suddenly all turn up missing. Darcy, along with the aid of Ansel, go on a quest to find answers.I don't read many dystopian novels, so I found the plot interesting and unique. It did portray images of filth and depression and unsanitary living conditions, but I found it appropriate to set the mood of how a new society trying to recreate life from our past can quickly turn so sour.Most of the book is Darcy's search for her mom, the ending has all the action, but I thought it was a very well written book. I was a little sad at the way it ended. Please tell me there is another book? I don't enjoy when the ending is left up to the reader. However, I liked the writing and the story idea.
Beamis12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just could not really get into this book, found it a bit jumbled and confusing. Did like the mmain character though.
julie10reads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The inverted waterfall on the cover is a good visual metaphor for the dangerous upside-down society inhabiting the island dystopia that is America Pacifica. A new ice age has covered North America. People living on the west coast are convinced by a loser-turned leader (Hitler?) to recreate the United States on a Pacific island outside the frozen zone.The story begins slowly but once it gains momentum with the disappearance of the heroine's mother (no spoiler here--the book jacket tells you as much), the action takes off. Darcy is an apathetic yet appealing young woman who unwillingly becomes the key actor in an underground revolutionary group as she searches for her mother. Like Odysseus, she meets unusual and memorable characters along the way. Lots of girl power here yet rather than substituting estrogen for testosterone, Ms North explores the female psyche to understand its capacity for good and bad choices. Good futuristic mystery that sheds light on how we live now.I give it three and a half out of five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a post-second ice age story of survival. The best part for me was the female heroine, Darcy. Nothing stops this girl from her quest. She's fearless in a frightening world. Hope there is a sequal.
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