Sneak Peek: Atlantia by Ally Condie

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 22698037underwater 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. –

As a fan of Ally Condie’s Matched Trilogy, I was excited to see this sneak peek of her new book, Atlantia, scheduled for release October 28, 2014.

This sneak peek accomplished its goal – I definitely want to read the book.  I need to know the reasoning behind Bay’s choice almost as much as Rio.  The setting, an enclosed underwater city, is new for me (unless you count The Little Mermaid) and the book mentioned precautions the citizens have to take in case of a leak – foreshadowing?

That being said, with Rio and her sister standing before a crowd of people, choosing to stay Below or venture Above, then being taken from their families before they could say goodbye, I couldn’t help seeing the similarity to the characters choosing their factions in Divergent.  I’m not sure if I really like Rio’s character yet – she felt a little flat to me, but maybe that will change when I read the complete book.

This review is based on a digital sneak peek from the publisher through NetGalley.

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