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Atlantia Hardcover – October 28, 2014

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—A fast-paced fantasy adventure tale in a richly drawn dystopian future. Despite her lifelong dream of living Above, recently orphaned Rio has promised her twin sister, Bay, that she'll stay in their underwater city of Atlantia when they come of age. In one shocking moment, however, Bay is headed Above, and Rio is left alone, separated from the last person who knew the secret of her hidden siren voice and loved her anyway. As Rio tries to find her own way to get Above, she also discovers pieces of Atlantia's hidden past and its uncertain future. Ultimately, the protagonist will have to rethink everything she's been taught and make courageous decisions on her own in order to reunite with her sister and save the world she loves. Complex characters, including Rio's antihero aunt, and a realistically slow and subtle first romance make this a book teens will relate to, even non-genre fans. A slowly unfolding backstory perfectly complements all the action. Despite a bit of a didactic lean in the final chapters, this is a title that's sure to be immensely popular with teens, especially those who enjoyed Condie's "Matched" trilogy (Dutton).—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT

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“Utterly captivating. A heroine unlike any I’d met before, a setting I’d never glimpsed, a story I’d never imagined. Atlantia is fresh, wild, and engrossing. I love Ally Condie.” —Shannon Hale, award-winning, bestselling author of Austenland and Dangerous

“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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 0680 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525426442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525426448
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kathy Habel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was nothing like I was expecting it to be. I was expecting Mermaids. I expected lots of romance. I expected predictability.

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!

Content: Clean

Source: ARC from publisher
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Format: Kindle Edition
Back in July, I was fortunate to receive a sneak peek of this book from NetGalley. After finishing it, I was definitely interested in reading the whole book, but found Rio's character to be flat and not very likeable.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
This was, essentially, a yawn-fest. Every time I would pick it up, I would get through 20-30 pages and then I would fall asleep (and it's not merely a figure of speech, I really could not get through more than 20 pages without drifting off). My eyes were literally tearing up from yawning, guys, this has never happened to me before - at leas not to this extent. Sadly, I was not able to get immersed in this story.

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.
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If you're thinking this book is about sirens aka the mermaid type...WRONG. That was my original thought when I found this book. There are NO mermaids in this book. NONE. It's about two worlds divided by the sea, one in a bubble below, the other a normal world above, and the secrets they hold, and let me tell you...it's a snore. The book at first is a bit interesting as there's some cool mysterious stuff going around, and then BOOM. Drops like a rock and it gets boring, quick. This book took me forever to read due to how boring it all gets and I decided to speed read the ending.
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This book had moments where I believed that it was going to go along a path that would be interesting, smart, and captivating... Yet every time it didn't. I'm glad that I read it, but I just wished it was more than it was. In the end it was just ok...
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By Teacher on February 9, 2015
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Hmmmm... What did I think of this one? I read it all in the span of a few hours one night so I could pass it along to my sister for book club. Reading it all in one sitting, I never lost interest. The plot got a little slow in the middle, but nothing major.

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.
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