America Pacifica 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.
 

About Anna North

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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.
 
Published May 18, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 312 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On an island nation created after North America is ravaged by a new Ice Age, 18-year-old Darcy uncovers dark secrets about her homeland and its past when her mother Sarah goes missing.

May 18 2011 | Read Full Review of America Pacifica: A Novel

The Guardian

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It's 2093 or thereabouts, and North America is frozen solid.

Sep 23 2011 | Read Full Review of America Pacifica: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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In her dark, page-turning debut, North tells the story of Darcy, an 18-year-old girl in a dystopian future whose mother goes missing.

Feb 21 2011 | Read Full Review of America Pacifica: A Novel

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From Goodreads: 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.

Sep 02 2012 | Read Full Review of America Pacifica: A Novel

Christian Science Monitor

But by the end of page one, when a teenage daughter, Darcy, watches her beloved mother, Sarah, emerge from a communal bathroom down the hall carrying “their” toothbrush, one also knows that this novel, like, say, the dystopic fiction of Margaret Atwood or Ursula K.

Jul 02 2011 | Read Full Review of America Pacifica: A Novel

Suite 101

If one of the traits of a Dystopian regime is stamping out all opposition, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter does a pretty decent job.

May 11 2011 | Read Full Review of America Pacifica: A Novel

Teen Reads

Darcy has heard enough while eavesdropping to realize her mother is not telling her the entire story, but she also knows her mother well enough to know that she has said all she plans to disclose.The next day, Darcy is on the bus commuting through the dreary streets to her job.

May 18 2011 | Read Full Review of America Pacifica: A Novel

io9

When the continental United States becomes uninhabitable, the last survivors of America have to move to an island, in Anna North's bleak, beautiful America Pacifica.

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The American Book Center Blog

Like a character in the book describes it: “living the way we used to – trying to shape the world rather than letting it shape us –- that was what got us into the Ice Age in the first place.” The concept of America Pacifica is fairly original and the writing absolutely beautiful.

Aug 05 2011 | Read Full Review of America Pacifica: A Novel

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