I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Atlantia by Ally Condie
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated on October 28th 2014
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.
Atlantia tells the story of twins, Rio and Bay. As part of their coming of age, the girls and others of their age must make a life-changing choice. Remain below in Atlantia or forfeit it all to live a life of service in Above. For Rio, all she has ever wanted was to go Above. To see the trees. To feel the Sun’s warmth. But after her mother dies, she makes a promise to her twin to never leave her. And with Bay’s dream to stay in Below and follow in their mother’s footsteps, Rio knows she must give up on her dream in order to fulfill her promise.
After (mostly) loving all of Condie’s previous series, Matched, I had decent expectations for Atlantia. I wondered early on if this tale would be closely related to the Altantis myth. It really isn’t. And I kinda liked it that way. One aspect I have always loved and admired about Condie’s writing is her world-building. Atlantia excels in this aspect. While Atlantia feel like a rather short read, I found myself taking much more time than usual here just taking in the world Condie built. Atlantia is perfectly described. Vivid colors. Fleshed out world. I just wanted to take days to absorb all that Condie has artfully crafted. Atlantia is book that is worth savoring.
Our main character this time around is full of flaws, and I found myself liking it more than I normally would. Rio is torn throughout most of Atlantia. Her mother has recently died, possibly murdered, her sister has betrayed her, and as the black sheep, so to speak, of the family, Rio has been left to piece up the pieces. Try to fit into the roles that she was probably not ever suppose to have been put into in the first place. Rio, at first, was a character I wasn’t sure I was going to 100% like. But as Atlantia progressed, I found myself more and more on her side of things. Understanding why she is the way she is, and really hoping that everything would turn out for the best in the end.
Really enjoyed this one. Beautiful world combined with a not so perfect main character makes this one is a keeper.
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