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Atlantia Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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“A gorgeous, crumbling underwater world, a murder mystery, a sweet romance, a sinister plot, long-protected secrets… they’re all here! But what made us love this new stand-alone from talented Ally Condie? Rio. She’s a strong, brave, self-sacrificing heroine who never gives up.” —Justine Magazine
“Condie brings tremendous depth to her world-building, finding terrific details in a culture created both to help people survive, and to perhaps keep them under control.” —Salt Lake City Weekly
"A fast-paced fantasy adventure tale in a richly drawn dystopian future . . . this is a title that’s sure to be immensely popular with teens." —School Library Journal
“Each mystery leads into another, and Condie keeps readers guessing to the end.” —Shelf Awareness
Praise for the International bestelling Matched trilogy:
"This futuristic fable of love and free will asks: Can there be freedom without choice? The tale of Cassia's journey from acceptance to rebellion will draw you in and leave you wanting more." —Cassandra Clare, New York Times-bestselling author of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series
"A superb dystopian romance." —The Wall Street Journal
"The hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The Hunger Games." —Entertainment Weekly
"A fierce, unforgettable page-turner." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Condie's enthralling and twisty dystopian plot is well served by her intriguing characters and fine writing....Cassia's metamorphosis is gripping and satisfying." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Condie’s prose is immediate and unadorned, with sudden pings of lush lyricism [and] reveals seeming to arrive on almost every page." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Distinct...authentic...poetic." —School Library Journal
"Love triangle + struggle against the powers that be = perfect escape." —MTV.com
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not exactly sure why I thought mermaids. The summary says sirens, they live underwater, this is fantasy... I was not expecting the people of Atlantia to be humans living in an underground city.
I was expecting more romance than what was in this book. There was romance, and the part it played was very sweet and such a great part of the story but it was definitely not the main focus of the book.
I expected a predictable story line but I had no idea how this was going to play out and I was left guessing until the end.
I'm a fairly fast reader and this is not a long book but it took me a couple of days to read. Ally writes so beautifully that it is not a book to speed read through. Things move a little slowly especially during the first half of the book. This had lots more narration and way less dialogue than many young adult books. I didn't want to skim it or race through it so instead I took my time enjoying this one.
Atlantia really is a beautifully done story worth reading.
Rating: 4 Stars - Great Book!
Source: ARC from publisher
After reading the complete book, my opinion about Rio didn't really change. Throughout the majority of the book, I thought her selfish and uncaring, using others to accomplish her goals with no regard for their feelings. In the last third of the book, her character began to mature as she saw a bigger view of the world, not just her own. Something I did enjoy about Rio was her reasoning in determining who she could trust - especially since her options were pretty limited. The relationships she shared with her mother and sister were also strong and I liked the emphasis on family ties.
True was the only supporting character who seemed to care about someone other than himself and learning he was hiding secrets of his own was a surprise. Maire's character was well-developed and very honest about who she was and I respected her for that, but she definitely wasn't a charmer.
The setting was unique and the storyline engaging, but the ending seemed a little too neat and tidy, so this book was just okay for me. Something just seemed to be missing.
This review was based on a digital ARC from the Penguin First to Read program.
The concept was very exciting and the idea of an underwater city and a society that sacrifices itself so that others can survive and live peacefully was more than intriguing and promising. But the writing really dragged this book down to the bottom of the ocean. The pacing was slow, the narrative - redundant and boring, the characters lacked any kind of characteristics that would make me root for them, or even remotely care about their fates.
I was very determined to wait it out to see if the plot picks up and if anything exciting happens later, but the first 100 pages didn't offer much to go on, and so I lost hope. And interest. I'm sad that I didn't enjoy this book more, I had such high hopes for it (mainly because of the premise).
Read it if you don't mind slow pacing and unrelatable characters, maybe you'll have better luck with it. The concept is there and the imagery is nice, but the execution is lacking in many aspects. The world building is on a decent level - the mythology is interesting enough, though the way it is all packed into the first chapters of the book, makes it difficult to enjoy the plot.
For the great premise alone, I am giving it two stars instead of one.
This story is about Rio, a girl who lives in the underwater world of Atlantia, but who has always longed to move above. After the death of their mother, Rio's twin sister, Bay, begs her to stay below at the choosing ceremony and she obliges. However, Bay chooses to go above, leaving her sister no explanation. Discovering why Bay left was interesting to me and I wanted to know why.
Rio begins planning an escape to go above and find out why her sister left, but more secrets and mysteries become uncovered.
I liked Rio okay and liked her love interest, True, a lot. Maire, Rio's powerful siren aunt, was certainly the most fascinating character. You and Rio don't know whether or not you can trust her nearly the whole story. Characterization overall wasn't a strong point in this story, though.
The world of Atlantia was interesting, although there did seem to be some unanswered questions about it. Why did people live longer down below? Where did their air come from? I wasn't sure until the very end of the story if the book was meant to take place in our world and at what time period it was taking place.
The religious aspect of it was very different. I haven't decided what I think of it. It also seemed to leave unanswered questions about whether or not the religion was true, but in the end, it didn't matter too much. It's very different to have a YA book with such a focus on gods, worship, and miracles.
The strongest part of the story was the plot, mysteries, and the premise.Read more ›
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