Author: Ally Condie (Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Format: Hardcover (298 pages)
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Can you hear Atlantia breathing?
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above--of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self--and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden--she has nothing left to lose.
Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths. Summary from Dust Jacket
Atlantia led me to a world underneath the sea. I enjoyed exploring it while the characters went about their lives. The world-building in this novel was poetic and beautiful, just like Ally’s writing. Everything about it made me wonder what it’d be like to live in Atlantia and whether or not I’d choose to live in the Above or the Below.
The religion Ally created for Atlantia was interesting and intriguing. I loved finding out about its truths and myths along with the main character, Rio. It created a nice venue for the dystopian setting as the society in the Below and Above were governed by the religious leaders. Some were sincere and good people and some were drunk with power.
I thought the ideas of the three miracles were especially fascinating. The bats and sirens intrigued me. I loved Ally’s portrayal of the sirens. I loved seeing the differences in each of their powers.
I liked Rio and her story. I felt bad for her and all she had to go through. I do wish Rio weren’t so secretive and distrustful so we could’ve gotten to know the others a little bit better. Because of that, I didn’t feel like I connected with enough of the characters, other than Rio and maybe True. And even then I felt like we didn’t know True very well either.
I also wish that the romance were a little more fleshed out. It didn’t seem tangible enough to make a difference to the story. Rio could’ve ended up just as really good friends with “him” to help everything happen the way it did. The book was only 298 pages, so I felt it could’ve been a little longer to help make the romance more of a difference to the story.
I’m glad I read Atlantia. It was a fun story. While I didn’t love love it, I did like it a lot for its poetic beauty and interesting premise.