I finished Atlantia by Ally Condie last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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.
I thought the idea of an underwater city was so neat. But I would have liked more details about what it was like. I could never really picture it in my head. It was mostly just like a tunnel with silver leaves. I would have loved to have been able to envision it more fully.
The idea of the siren and how they came about was also interesting. But I never really grew attached to the characters. Rio was nice and all, as were Bay and True (what's up with the names???), but I just didn't seem to connect with them for some reason. There needed to be more emotions and feelings behind everything that I didn't get.
But because I liked the premise of the story, I enjoyed it, although not as much as the Matched trilogy.
I gave this book a rating of 3/5.
Atlantia will be released on October 28, 2014.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.