Pacifica by Kristen Simmons


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 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. Marin knows she's meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of we...

Details Pacifica

Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Pirates

Reviews Pacifica

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    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: !!!!!WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:• pirates; badass epic conniving pirates• one of the ...
  • Alyssa
    I looooooooooooooooooooooooved this book. So much. OMG.***Review to come***
  • Katie McGarry
    I read an early copy of this manuscript and loved it!
  • Mindee Arnett
    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.
  • mith
    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.
  • Erin Arkin
    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 amaz...
  • 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 ...
  • Munro's Kids
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsThis 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 un...
  • 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...
  • Lori
    This book covers some really important topics (climate change, the Japanese internment, political corruption, etc.) so I really wanted to love it. And I do love those parts and how they're covered and dealt with. But overall, the plot just didn't work for me. The synopsis sounds amazing but for some reason, I was just bored in a lot of places. Even with the constant action, the story just didn't flow very well for me. And I hate saying that becau...
  • ☆Stephanie☆
    Title: PacificaAuthor: Kristen SimmonsPublisher: Tor Teen, 2018 (March 6)Genre: YA Dystopian**I received a copy of this book from the author and my review is in no way affected or influenced by receipt of this book**This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads pageMy Review:First of all, I am a big fan of Kristen Simmons. I loved The Glass Arrow and it’s one of my favorite books, as underhyped as it is. She write...
  • Jeraca
    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 ...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    This is a hard one because Kristen Simmons writes beautifully, the characters are interesting, and I like the idea of the world she's created, particularly because of the poignant significance it has to her own heritage and the WWII internment camps of the Japanese, a dark part of our history. That said, this book didn't really work for me-- I couldn't get into the story and the pacing, and I'm sad because I was very much looking forward to this ...
  • Rachel Strolle
    Kristen's best book yet!
  • Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
    Kristen sure has a way with writing characters and building worlds! There wasn't a huge amount of action in the first half because she spent a lot of time really building up those parts. And it made them feel so vivid and real! The pacing is a bit slow to start, but it gives you time to savor the world and understand it, and also savor the character development.Kristen also has a way of writing an empowering story of the underdog. (And a sweet ro...
  • Cassie
    Pacifica is the first book I have read by Kristen Simmons and I highly enjoyed it. Set in the future, in a dystopian world, this novel had everything from modern-day pirates, historical reflections, mystery, adventure, and a splash of romance. The main characters, Marin and Ross, come from opposites sides of the social ladder, but their world reflects the same view: garbage has taken over the ocean, whales are a rare sight to see, glaciers and ic...
  • Christen (GoldiloxReads and Whimsify)
    Wow, this book was amazing! It was very intense with constant action that rarely ceased and the really subtle and believable romance that slowly developed between the two main characters was so sweet. This book is very relatable to our world today but at the same time fully engrossed me in the imaginary setting of the future. I need to go back and read everything Kristen Simmons has ever written now!
  • Cecily Wolfe
    This was so intense that I could NOT put it down! The sailing details were particularly interesting, and I loved the ending! At this point, I will read anything Simmons writes. Just like Metaltown, she has created characters I couldn't help but find myself attached to and hoping for happiness in spite of so many struggles and obstacles they are either born or basically imprisoned into - and the romance is wonderful.
  • Iryna Khymych
    An eerie and bleak novel of our future. Well written and full of excitement till the end.
  • Phillip III
    In 2016, I read, and loved METALTOWN, rating it my favorite book of the year. When I received a copy of PACIFICA to review, I couldn't wait to dig in.PACIFICA is a YA Dystopian that is different, and unique. The world is a mess. There are basically two types of people. The Haves and the Have Nots. The sun is too hot. The oceans levels have risen. Land is a commodity. Garbage and pollution are everywhere.The government held a lottery. 500 people h...
  • Amber
    Pacifica was a thrilling adventure that will make you think. Plot: I love Kristen Simmons' books because they're always somewhat grounded in reality. Pacifica was a twisty adventure that I found easy to fly through. In a dystopian future, North America (or Noram) has been overrun with garbage and suffering from the effects of climate change. It came to the point where the government decided to send 500 people to live on Pacifica, a green island t...
  • Lauren
    3.5 Stars total. I had such high hopes for Pacifica but found it lacking in many aspects. While the idea surrounding the novel’s driving plot are timely and interesting vis a vis the climate change consequences and class division, I had difficulty dealing with many issues within the sentence structures. I was also hoping for more of a piratical theme but that was lack luster at best. The descriptions/world building weren’t as good as they cou...
  • Kat
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Tor Teen for the E-ARC copy of Pacifica.Pacifica reminded me a little of The Diabolic in its back drop of political family issues. We have two very different main characters that are family oriented and have strong, loyal ties to those families. The pirate and sea aspect of the story didn't play as much of a role as I thought it would. Kristen Simmons is a great writer and she does an amazing job with making you underst...