Can you hear Atlantia breathing?
For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced—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 corrupted 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.
Bubby: When I purchased Atlantia, I did so because it came highly recommended by a friend of mine and I have enjoyed books by Ally Condie in the past. I must admit that I didn’t actually read a synopsis or have any idea whatsoever what the book was about before I opened it up. I was expecting, from the title, to have some sort of mermaid or ancient city of Atlantis theme going on but I was so wrong. It’s not like that AT ALL. In fact, none of the story was what I expected – which also means that none of it was predictable. I was constantly surprised by what happened next. I love it when that happens!
Sissy: I like Ally Condie. I like her books. I, however, am slightly sick of YA dystopian society novels. But Bubby has books lying around all over the place, and when I see one that might be interesting I might sometimes do the “five finger lift.” Bubby doesn’t mind; what’s hers is mine, right little sis? So I fought through my YA dystopian sickness and opened up Atlantia (not to be confused with my upcoming novel “Mylantia.”) It was totally engaging–the YA protagonists were sisters (we were YA sisters once…), they live in an underwater world, there are miracle bats, tinkling metal leaves, and illegal swimming lanes. Plus Sissy was slightly wrong in her third sentence–there are SIRENS (which are mermaid related, right?). Now you are intrigued, dear reader, aren’t you?
Bubby: Well, now that Sissy has told you ALL about Atlantia I think that all I have left to say is that Maire, the crazy aunt, was far and away my favorite character. Not that I’m anything like her, of course… Ally Condie continues to deliver great YA books that are intriguing and eminently readable. Can’t wait for what’s next!
Sissy: My favorite character was the underrated True, the love interest of Rio. And I don’t know if you’re like Maire, Bubby, but you’ve got the crazy part right, for sure! This was the first physical book (you know, with pages and bindings and what not) that I’ve read in a long time. I found it to be rather inconvenient (it wasn’t backlit, it didn’t read itself to me, it was heavy, etc.) but I kept going back to it anyway. That tells you that Atlantia by Ally Condie is well worth your time and arm muscle use!
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