Review: This book made me think about the book City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. It had the same overall feel, a civilization that had to leave the world aboveground due to pollution and harsh living conditions. I liked and didn’t like this book. The book doesn’t really grab the reader right away. In fact, some parts were downright boring. You don’t get a strong picture of what Atlantia looks like. There are a lot of concepts and ideas that are mentioned but not explained. So you begin to not pay attention to the details. But, as you pass the middle of the book, you really want to find out what happens to Rio and if she and Atlantia will survive. Plus, all of those questions you have FINALLY get answered!
I loved Ally Condie’s series Matched and was hoping this would be just as good. Unfortunately, it’s not. There are parts that are good, but if you really want a gripping dystopian book with some romance thrown in, I’d read the Matched series first. Then the Delerium series by Lauren Oliver.
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.
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 298 pages
Genres: Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy
Source: purchased from amazon.com
–Summary and image from goodreads.com