Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Sampler Review | Atlantia by Ally Condie

Atlantia by Ally Condie
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Dutton Children's
Genre: Young Adult > Dystopia
Obtained: NetGalley (Thank you Netgalley & Dutton!)
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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 a strange take on a dystopian world. Most people now live underwater where it's safe and the air is clean while some people sacrifice their lives to make sure the people down below have good lives by going Above. Once you reach a certain age, you're allowed to decide if you want to stay in Atlantia or serve Above where the air is pretty much toxic and the work is hard. 

Rio has always dreamed of going Above, where it would be safer for her but her twin sister Bay makes her promise to stay down in Atlantia with her, without their mother Bay didn't want to be left alone. So Rio is forced to abandon her dream of ever seeing the world Above. However when it comes to decide, Bay actually make the choice to go Above, leaving Rio to stay in Atlantia.

Since this was only a sample of the book, I'm really curious to know what Bay's intentions were and why did she do it? She knew Rio wanted to go Above, why didn't she let her? 

As the week goes on Rio searches for a letter or anything Bay may have left behind to explain her reasoning's but finds nothing. Nothing until she runs into her Aunt Maire who just so happens to be a siren and who she was warned to stay away from finds her in the market and offers cryptic advice. But who else better to help her uncover what is really going on than someone who shares her secret trait?

I'm really excited to see where this is going and I'll be anxiously awaiting for its release in October. It seems more driven than Matched, which I wasn't all that into. I've thought about re-reading it and maybe finishing the series but... maybe this will distract me from that!

*Thank you NetGalley & Dutton for the chance to read and review this title in advanced!

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