In the not too distant future, eighteen-year-old Darcy lives on the island of America Pacifica – one of the last places on earth that is still habitable after the second ice age. While a few rich families indulge their nostalgia with hamburgers and baseball, most Pacificans – Darcy included – crowd together in cramped tenements and subsist on jellyfish and seaweed. Darcy craves more space and a dinner of real meat once in a while, but she doesn’t question Pacifica’s basic system – until her mother doesn’t come home one night. Then Darcy is forced on a quest through the dark underbelly of the island, a journey that will take her through Pacifica’s corrupt history and make her an indispensable part of its future. In the spirit of Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, America Pacifica imagines a world drastically different from the one we know today, and how we might continue to live in it.
Photo by Seth Pomerantz.