Monday, January 19, 2015

Fascinating & Exciting: Atlantia - Ally Condie

AtlantiaAtlantia by Ally Condie
Date Released: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Dutton Children's

Pages: 368 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars (LOVED IT)
Series: Standalone?

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

From Goodreads

Atlantia by Alie Condie is the novel I wished she had written before Matched because it was amazing! It was the type of novel Matched wasn't and it exceed my expectations! Atlantia was explosive, racing, and definitely excited. So happy I picked it up and I hope you do too!

Atlantia is about a girl named Rio who always dreams of going to the Above as long as she can remember. Her sister Bay, made the life shattering choice to go Above and now all Rio has left is herself. Ever since their parent's deaths, Bay and Rio have been inseparable, now Rio has to use her instincts to fight her way through a misguided and dangerous world. I really liked reading Rio's story! She was such a easy character to relate too and connect, she brought the story alive. Plus she had such a ease to her that made the book so easy and light to read. While we have no actual scenes with Bay, Condie made her sound interesting and she does give reason to why she goes Above as you move on and on.

The book had great actions scenes also! But Atlantia mainly focused on the deception aspect - whether Rio should trust her aunt, believe her mom and the goodness of her society and trusting a new boy, the book tackled these issues in a good way. As the story went on, Condie did have some type of romance going on. Like with dysoptians, there's bound to be some love triangle right? Well, I'm happy to say there wasn't!

Cheers for Condie

Overall, Atantia was a breathe of fresh air. The concept of Above and Below was intriguing and well thought out. Rio and all the other characters had the perfect amount of characterization and the book had some great action scenes, I was SO surprised on how much a turned out to like the book! Definitely give this a try, especially if you read Condie's Matched series or looking for something new :)

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  1. Glad you enjoyed this one, Patrick. I haven't had much luck with books featuring mer creatures, unfortunately. So this one is definitely not for me. :/

  2. Ah. I'm so conflicted over this book. Some reveiws are just people saying to stay away from this book because it is so bad, and then some reviews are singing it's praises!!!

    Good review!

    I might get to this if i see it at the library.

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