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Atlantia by Ally Condie Book Review

 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 had found Ally Condie's series, the Matched trilogy, delightful so I was excited to hear that she had a new book being released! There were a lot of elements that I liked in this story. It's a dystopian book, but, like her previous series was, it didn't quite feel dystopian. Or not nearly as apocalyptic as some of the other book in the genre are. I personally like both sides of the genre but sometimes it's nice to have a quieter side. Then there were the Sirens, I thought this was something that was very cool to have in the story. I've only read a couple siren themed book and they've all been pretty depressing. This one was both happy and enjoyable. 

The plot was pretty good, I guessed a few twists here and there, but I don't think it really took away too much of the experience. It wasn't that I called what was going to happen far beforehand either, it was a chapter or a few pages ahead. I also really liked the characters. There are a few that you are only briefly introduced to and get to know them through Rio's memories and what she discovers in her search to get to Above. Then there are the few, including Maire and True, that she meets along the way to her goal. I really liked both Maire and True. True because he was sweet and Maire because she was interesting and a bit flawed. 

I thought the world building was great! Just like in her previous series Condie was able to capture a unique world and its essence and place it into words for readers to enjoy. I could see the metal trees that Rio was mending while still mourning the loss of her sister and wishing it could have been herself in Bay's place. I was confused in the first chapter or so about the difference of Below and Above, but it was quickly sorted out. I think that Condie did a great job of feeding the readers history and information without making it too transparent. As for the romance, it was short and sweet and was realistic, I think.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. It was written with a slower style, more descriptive perhaps, but it still kept you interested and made the story fly by. I liked the characters and I also liked the plot and politics of the book. I think the author is very good at creating an interesting world and making a complex situation simple, making it enjoyable yet serious. All in all, I'm giving Atlantia 4 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or where she may be...there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


10 comments:

  1. Ally Condie's Matched trilogy is on my tbr list and now i must add Atlantia too...... the story sounds so good. Thanks for the review :)

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex

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    1. I really liked the Matched Trilogy, I hope you enjoy it too!

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  2. I really need to try this author. I know I have the first book in The Matched series but this one looks really good as well. Which series would you recommend starting with first?

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    1. I would just be a bit old-fashioned and say start with her first series. I think it demonstrates her writing style better too. But then that's just my two cents :)

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  3. I've heard mixed things about this one so I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it :) I think I'll try to grab it from the library instead of buying though. Great review!

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    1. A good idea, I think the library option is best if you're not sure if you'll like it. Thank you!

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  4. The world in this book does sound really cool. I'm not a huge fantasy/dystopian girl, but this one has caught my eye. I'm glad you liked it, I hope to get to it soon :)

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    1. It was an interesting world! I think that if you're not a huge dystopian fan this type of dystopian might be more up you're alley. There's a bit less doom and destruction :)

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  5. I still haven't read Ally's Matched series, but I have heard some interesting fact about it and about this one too. I love dystopias that seem real somehow I can easily imagine them. So yeah. Great review :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy them if you try them :) I can see where you're coming from, I find fantasy or dystopian books easy too imagine too. Thank you!

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