About the book: 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.
My review: This book has a truly unique setting. Rio and her twin sister Bay have grown up together in their underwater city of Atlantia. Rio has never been thrilled with living there and has always wanted to go Above. But one of the family must remain Below and when Bay unexpectedly chooses to go Above Rio's world is rocked. She must remain below and she has no idea why Bay has chosen what she has chosen. She must work extra hard now to keep her identity as a siren a secret. And in doing so, she must come to grips with just who she is, who her mother was, and what will be required of her.
I loved Rio in this book. I truly felt her confusion as her sister was ripped from her, the last remaining close family member. I enjoyed the story as she was able to put together why Bay made her choice, piece by piece. I enjoyed the setting, I marveled at the delicacy and breakableness of the city of Atlantia. Not to mention the way it was pretty much sealed off with no contact with or no way to reach the outside world. Wow! I liked the plot and the ending. I also liked that there was just a touch of romance in this one, so cute! This book is great and clean, pretty much a perfect book for Jr High students up.
I was able to borrow this book from my local library.
Labels: Ally Condie, clean fiction