Some of the action in y1 takes place on various islands of the Pacific. I had a fascinating time researching these locations and as I wrote I fell in love with them all. I was lucky enough to have a beta reader who had sailed the Pacific and another who was raised in American Samoa. Both were kind enough to help me with accuracy and a feel for these places. I was also able to make use of books and the internet to fill in other gaps in my knowledge.
Below are links to nine of the sources that I enjoyed the most, and a short excerpt from y1 showing how each location plays a role in the story. Enjoy!
Kiribati greets the year 2000 http://www.janeresture.com/kirimwaie/index.htm
Apia Samoa http://aggiegreys.com/hotel/our-samoa
Samoan Fire Knife Dancer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73OGSGD9_Co
Earthquake in Samoa http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/tsunami-strikes-samoan-islands/
Flaming Sword of Samoa http://www.amazon.com/Flaming-Sword-Samoa-Story-Knife/dp/0974267260
Views of Christmas (Kiritimata) Island http://www.widescenes.com/Kiribati-Kiritimati-1.html
video on Kiribati http://yachtpals.com/node/1178