Review: Atlantia


by Ally Condie

Source: Personal purchase, e-book
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Mythology, Mermaids

Goodreads Synopsis:
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. 

This was a really pleasant read. All of Ally Condie’s books are really enjoyable reads - I feel that I can just breeze through them. This was a really cute book, and it made a perfect holiday read, as I read it while I was camping.

The plot and concept of this book was really good. It’s really original, and I haven’t heard of anything like it before. The themes were great too - I especially liked the themes of family and sisters because I have a sister, who I feel the same way to as Rio does to Bay.

In my opinion, this book should have been paced a bit quicker. The beginning dragged a little, and I did have to persevere, but I had a break after reading about the first 10%, so when I jumped back into the world it felt new again and wasn’t slow.

The romance in this book was perfect. There wasn’t much of it, which I liked, but the bit that was there was not cheesy or cringey at all. It fitted well with the main story line, and it didn’t distract at all. Rio and True fitted together so well - I can actually see why they like each other, which is unusual.

Overall, this was a good book. Although Rio got a bit annoying at times, she was a great lead. All aspects of the book fitted together so well - it was really polished and well constructed.

My reaction:

Can someone please tell me if this book is in a series? When I first added it to Goodreads, it said that it was, but then when I went on today it said it wasn't part of a series. This book would make a great stand-alone if it was wrapped up a bit better, but I also don't think I need a series. Does anyone know more on this? Please tell me below!

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