My rating: 1 / 5 stars | Goodreads: 3.4 / 5 stars
Look at the cover. Just look at it. And the title. Doesn’t it make you think of oceans, and mermaids, and hidden cities under the sea? That’s what I was expecting. I remember reading the Matched series by Ally Condie a few years ago. They probably weren’t the greatest books ever, but I did enjoy them at the time. Atlantia, however, was a let-down (and now I’m worried the Matched books are worse than I remember them).
The story starts at a ceremony where all the 16-year-olds in the city have to decide what to do with the rest of their lives. (Does anyone else smell a trope? *sniff sniff*) The choices: remain in the safe-as-a-city-built-in-a-glass-bubble-underwater can be Atlantia, or go above ground where the polluted air will almost undoubtedly cause disease and where you will have to work hard labor for the rest of your days in order to provide for those living “below.” (We hear that a lot throughout the novel, “above” and “below.”) The main character, Rio, has always longed to escape Atlantia and go above, but her twin sister Bay has made her promise to stay below with her, since their mother was recently killed and Bay doesn’t wish to be alone. But once Rio makes her pledge to stay in Atlantia…Bay pledges to go above, and is gone before Rio can confront her to find out why. Continue reading “Atlantia by Ally Condie”