Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie #AtlantiaAbove

Atlantia coverTitle: Atlantia

Author: Ally Condie

Series: None

Publisher: Dutton Children’s

Release Date: October 28, 2014


Book Summary:

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.



This book was nothing like I was expecting it to be. I was expecting Mermaids. I expected lots of romance. I expected predictability.

I’m not exactly sure why I thought mermaids. The summary says sirens, they live underwater, this is fantasy… I was not expecting the people of Atlantia to be humans living in an underground city.

I was expecting more romance than what was in this book. There was romance, and the part it played was very sweet and such a great part of the story but it was definitely not the main focus of the book.

I expected a predictable story line but I had no idea how this was going to play out and I was left guessing until the end.

I’m a fairly fast reader and this is not a long book but it took me a couple of days to read. Ally writes so beautifully that it is not a book to speed read through. Things move a little slowly especially during the first half of the book. This had lots more narration and way less dialogue than many young adult books. I was scheduled to review this on Tuesday but I was only half way through the book. I didn’t want to skim it or race through it so instead I opted to postpone my scheduled review so I could take my time enjoying this one.

Atlantia really is a beautifully done story worth reading.

4 stars

Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book!

Content: Clean

Source: ARC from publisher

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  1. I really want to read this one. Looking forward to getting my hands on it.

  2. This story sounds really good and I love the beautiful cover. Great review!

  3. I am happy to finally see a good review if this book! I was almost ready to decide not to read it.

  4. I was thinking it would be about mermaids too. Great review, I’m so glad you enjoyed it, I’m really looking forward to it.

  5. I’m glad you liked it! After reading Matched I’m really excited to read something else by Ally Condie.

  6. I have read Ally Condie’s Matched series, and now I realize how slow paced and boring they were. I am willing to give the author another chance with Atlantia though! It might be a bit slow but it seems to be written beautifully, which is a plus. I like the idea of the concept and an unpredictable plot.