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Atlantia by Ally Condie

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”

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The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

My rating: 1/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.82/5 stars

I gotta be honest: I was disappointed with this book. On the plus side, this review is going to be short, to prevent me from being as repetitive and boring as the book itself. Let’s begin, shall we?

This isn’t a book I would have picked up originally, but I wasn’t sure what to read next and must have found it on a Pinterest suggested reading list, though I can’t find it now. I definitely enjoy sci-fi/fantasy novels, though The Moon Dwellers sounded a little heavier on the “sci-fi” part. After (finally) finishing it, however, I’m not sure what genre I would classify this book under. Whatever it is, it isn’t my cup of tea. Or cocoa. Or coffee. Whichever warm beverage you prefer. Continue reading “The Moon Dwellers by David Estes”

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The Jewel by Amy Ewing

My rating: 1/5 stars  |  Goodreads rating: 3.87/5 stars

I would love to be able to say something cheesy about this story like, “The Jewel is a shining gem in my treasury of novels!” Unfortunately, though, this jewel is not a glittering diamond, not a geode that’s better once you crack it open (the cover is one of the best things about it, actually–and don’t you all pretend you don’t judge books by their covers, too!), not even a fun pebble that a little kid might find in somebody’s flower garden and decide to keep. Honestly, it’s more like a rock that you try to skip across the water but that only succeeds in sinking to the bottom. Continue reading “The Jewel by Amy Ewing”