Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

Blue skies. Green grass. Clear ocean water.
An island paradise like the ones that existed before the Melt.
A lucky five hundred lottery winners will be the first to go, the first to leave their polluted, dilapidated homes behind and start a new life. It sounds perfect. Like a dream.
The only problem? Marin Carey spent her childhood on those seas and knows there’s no island paradise out there. She’s corsario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him, and she knows a con when she sees one. So where are the first five hundred really going?
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 chaotic and filled with all the things I like (read: pirates, futuristic messed up America, hate to love).
Despite the potential this story had with the setting, I just didn’t care about the characters. They were alright. They weren’t anything special. The typical misunderstood poor girl and privileged boy from the nice side of town. One teaches the other how messed up the world really is and all the things that the rich people are doing wrong. I just didn’t care about any of it. I really wish I did because it could have been a story I really like but I just wasn’t invested in these characters.
I wish I had liked this story more, but I didn’t. It had all of the elements of a story I would like, but the characters just fell flat for me.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

GoodReads Summary:
New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.
The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.
There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.
Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.
That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.
Article 5 (Article 5, #1)Review:
I’m going to keep this review short and sweet because I do not have the best feelings about this book. I am meeting this author at the end of the month so when I saw the audiobook, I thought I would give it a listen to see if I was interested in buying a copy and getting it signed. I am not in fact interested in that.
The only thing I liked about this story was the world. I thought the dystopian setting was really unique and interesting. I really enjoyed the Hunger Games esq idea of a totalitarian government.
I didn’t like the characters. Ember was immature and annoying. For a girl that lives in this wild setting, she really has absolutely no idea what the hell is going on. Then there’s Chase. He’s the typical brooding guy that keeps secrets because it’s “what’s best” for Ember.
The whole plot of this book was finding Ember’s mother and rescuing her. Which we find out is pointless in the last 25% of the story and I almost just stopped listening there, but I had such a short amount of time left I just powered through.
I will not be continuing this series sadly, but I am giving this author another try with a different book. I own a copy of a different book written by Kristen Simmons that I will be reading before I meet her. So hopefully I like the characters better in this other book.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.