Atlantia by Ally Condie

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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. – Goodreads.com

Back in July, I was fortunate to receive a sneak peek of this book from NetGalley.  After finishing it, I was definitely interested in reading the whole book, but found Rio’s character to be flat and not very likeable.

After reading the complete book, my opinion about Rio didn’t really change.  Throughout the majority of the book, I thought her selfish and uncaring, using others to accomplish her goals with no regard for their feelings.  In the last third of the book, her character began to mature as she saw a bigger view of the world, not just her own.  Something I did enjoy about Rio was her reasoning in determining who she could trust – especially since her options were pretty limited.  The relationships she shared with her mother and sister were also strong and I liked the emphasis on family ties.

True was the only supporting character who seemed to care about someone other than himself and learning he was hiding secrets of his own was a surprise.  Maire’s character was well-developed and very honest about who she was and I respected her for that, but she definitely wasn’t a charmer.

The setting was unique and the storyline engaging, but the ending seemed a little too neat and tidy, so this book was just okay for me.  Something just seemed to be missing.  Atlantia is scheduled for publication October 28th, 2014.

This review was based on a digital ARC from the Penguin First to Read program.

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