Thursday 4 September 2014

SNEAK PEEK Review: Atlantia


Author: Ally Condie
Series: Series (?)
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (Penguin)
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 48
Source: NetGalley

Rating: ★★★★
The first 42 pages are available on NetGalley as a sneak peak.

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. (Goodreads)


I received this Sneak Peek from NetGalley via Penguin Young Readers Group (Dutton Juvenile) in exchange for an honest review. All quotes are taken from a pre-published copy and may be altered or removed from the final version.

First Impression

THAT COVER!! It's so pretty, oh so pretty! I haven't read the Matched series by Ally Condie, so this will be my first Ally Condie read. After reading the summary I became extremely curious to see how this would all play out since I feel this is a mermaid book. 

Opening Lines
"My twin sister, Bay, and I pass underneath the brown-and-turquoise banners hanging from the ceiling of the temple. Dignitaries perch on their chairs in the gallery, watching, and people crowd the pews in the nave."
Short & Sweet

Seeing as this is just a Sneak Peek, this will be a very brief review!
"The pillow is wet from my tears. Perhaps I should try to catch them in a bowl and give them to the priests to use for those who decide to spend their lives down here in the dark Below. We'll all weep and bless each other, those of us too scared or too stupid or too late to try a life Above."

I'm conflicted between 3.5 stars and 4 stars...

I found the first chapter to be way too descriptive and at times very hard to follow. Because of this I wasn't sure if I would actually be interested in reading the full book, but once I got halfway through chapter 2 and onto chapter 3 I knew for sure I would read the full thing. Atlantia really starts to pick up halfway through chapter 2, and we are introduced to two (what I predict to be) very interesting characters. I just hope that Atlantia keeps up with the well created plot that has formulated so far and doesn't fall flat. Also, I noticed that this is labelled as a dystopian novel on Goodreads (which makes sense) but this genre has never really worked out for me. This may finally be the book that gets me to love dystopian books!

Lasting Impression

Overall, Atlantia seems like a promising read! I'm very excited and impatient about it being released in October because now I can't wait to read and find out what happens next!

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