I received this book for free from Publisher 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 Dutton Juvenile, Penguin Group on October 28, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
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Can you hear Atlantia breathing?\r\n\r\nFor 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.\r\n\r\nGuided 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 was a fan of the Matched series, so when I saw there was a new book by Ally Condie, I jumped at the chance to read it (or listen to it, to be more accurate). Atlantia is the story of Rio, who lives in an underwater city but dreams of going above. After her mother dies mysteriously, Rio is resigned to staying below so that her twin sister, Bay, will not be alone. On the day of their choosing ceremony (why is there ALWAYS a choosing ceremony?!), she is shocked and heartbroken when Bay makes the decision to go above. Going above means a short life of hard work – those who live above in the polluted world must work so that humanity can continue below for the lucky ones in Atlantia.\r\n\r\nRio is also a siren, whose powerful voice can make people do what she commands. From a young age, her mother taught her how to hide her voice, because all of the known sirens were taken from their families and raised to work for the Council. Now Rio is trying to solve the mysteries of why her sister left, who killed their mother, and what is really going on in the city of Atlantia. She also has to decide who she can trust and what she is willing to risk to make it to the surface and try to find her sister.\r\n\r\nDespite the interesting premise, the book was pretty boring. There were aspects that had potential, but it never pulled me in. I never felt any kind of connection to Rio, and didn’t feel like she had much personality. I never found myself really caring what happened to any of the characters, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be True. He had some depth and seemed interesting, and the things he was able to create sounded amazing. I found the plot and the twists to be fairly predictable, which I probably wouldn’t have minded so much if I had been more invested in the characters.\r\n\r\nAtlantia by Ally Condie was narrated by Rebecca Soler. The fact that Rio spoke in a flat, dull tone for most of the book didn’t help make this a fascinating listen, but that certainly wasn’t the fault of the narrator. I enjoyed the descriptions of the beautiful city of Atlantia, and if you are a fan of stories about underwater cities, then this book is for you. As for me, I was glad to learn that it is a standalone novel and not a series. As much as I wanted it to, it just didn’t wow me.
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