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Atlantia Paperback – October 20, 2015
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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
About the Author
Ally Condie is the author of the critically acclaimed Matched trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. The series has been published in more than 30 languages.
A former English teacher, Ally lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.
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The world was cool and that's what kept me hooked. The first half of the book was slow and repetitive. The romance was dull. I get the emphasis on family but why not have the best of both worlds?
When the deep market flooded I became interested. That was the mid-reversal point. When the s*** hits the fan and nothing that was planned is going to be possible now. Then things got sucky again.
Rio makes it up with true (I hate condie's character names btw) and the above is nothing like what I think it will be. It's messy, chaotic, unlikable, un-enchanting.
The voices in shells are one among many corny things. I guess it was YA but not meant for little kids. The first person present tense voice didn't resonate with me. I found it distracting.
And did it bother anyone else that we have NO idea what Rio looked like? I get wanting the reader to identify with their own imagined image but give me SOME kind of direction.
Anyway, 4 stars for concept and the last half. 4 stars for description and unique concept.
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. It has a unique basis, with the underwater world, the world above, and the sirens. I didn't feel the "love story" was at all needed, but it didn't detract too much from the main story. The plot and finding out what happened to Bay and her mother kept me reading and engaged in the story.
3/5 stars. I would recommend it if someone were really into sirens, but that's about it.
The wold was exceptionally well crafted. It's never known if it is earth or not that she is describing, there are hints that it could be, but it isn't ever addressed. I liked the idea of an underwater city, and the logistics of how that worked were interesting, but not tediously done. I enjoyed how much certain aspects were implied, but not stated, which left room for the surreal feeling. The beauty of the place and the story of the family and their sacrifices for each other - especially between the interaction with Rio and her Aunt (the heart of the story I felt). Very well done.
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