By Anna North
Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives at the island of the United States Pacifica--one of the final areas on the earth that continues to be liveable, after North the United States has succumbed to a moment ice age. schooling, foodstuff, and simple technique of survival are the province of a selected few, whereas nearly all of the island citizens needs to fight to stick alive. the wealthy reside in "Manhattanville" mansions made up of the final items of wooden and stone, whereas the negative cower within the shantytown slums of "Hell City" and "Little Los Angeles," areas equipped out of heaped up trash that's slowly crumbling into the ocean. The island is governed by means of a mysterious dictator named Tyson, whose regime is stricken by fees of corruption and conspiracy.
But to Darcy, the US Pacifica is just home--the just one she's ever identified. inspite of their poverty she lives contentedly along with her mom, who works as a pearl diver. It's merely whilst her mom doesn't come domestic one evening that Darcy starts to profit approximately her previous as a former "Mainlander," and her mother's position within the flight from frozen California to the US Pacifica. Darcy embarks on a quest to discover her mom, navigating the darkish underbelly of the island, studying alongside the best way the demanding fact of Pacifica's early background, the far-reaching effect of its egomaniacal chief, and the prospective plot to homicide a few of the island's first inhabitants--including her mom.
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