Tuesday, 28 October 2014

ARC Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 298 pages
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Status: Standalone

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 is the story of Rio, a girl who lives Below, born with the gift of a siren. After her mother's unexpected death, her twin sister choses to go Above, and leaves Rio alone with her secret.

I loved this story, and thought it was absolutely amazing! The story was heart-breaking, exhilarating and lovely at the same time.

It was a story of family and your relationship with them, and how they can shape us to be the people we are today. It was also a story about freedom, and fighting prejudice and stereotypes. Our main character, Rio, goes from being confused and lonely to finding her own voice, and realizing that although she may need her sister, Bay, she is stronger on her own as well.

I loved the story, and fell in love with the broken and strict world of Atlantia, and all their rules, customs and religion. It was the perfect backdrop for a warring society, and at most times, I was imagining it like Ancient Rome. 

Ally Condie does an amazing job with this book, and proves that we can all be strong if we believe in ourselves.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

PS, thank you Vikki from Penguin Canada for the ARC! I really enjoyed it!

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