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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  15,318 ratings  ·  2,433 reviews
Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the po
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Dutton Children's
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Oneida I copied this off of ATLANTIA is a standalone title, which means that it is NOT part of a series. It’s also not related…moreI copied this off of ATLANTIA is a standalone title, which means that it is NOT part of a series. It’s also not related to the Matched series at all.(less)
Lindsay The main characters seem to be late teens, old enough to choose where they will live and to move from school to work, young enough to just start think…moreThe main characters seem to be late teens, old enough to choose where they will live and to move from school to work, young enough to just start thinking about romance.(less)

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Paula M
Jul 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
The problem with Atlantia is that it’s so boring I’d rather eat nails than read it again. Or finish it. This is my first from Ally Condie. And probably my last if this is how she writes in all her books.

“He kisses me.. He is good at this. I am good at this. We are good at this”



“She’s going to tell me the story, and I’m going to listen. And I am afraid.”

The author needs to be informed that we ar
I was really hoping to like this, but I just don't think Ally Condie's books are meant for me.

This story has a cool, unique, and clever premise, but unfortunately it did not deliver. The idea of Atlantia is neat and I was very interested to see how a world can exist underwater. However, the world building is so underdeveloped.
I could not picture what it looked like, and it just did not make sense. The elements of the world felt very random and thrown together. I did not buy into it at all and I
| DNF at 78% |


Blurb: 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 men
Aug 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before I get into the review, let me just point out that Atlantia is horribly mis-marketed. If it had been marketed properly, I probably would not have picked it up. From the synopsis and the cover art, it is implied that this is going to be a mermaid story. It is not. It is a dystopian taking place in an city enclosed underwater. This wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact that I wasn't even able to finish Condie's other dystopian series, Matched. If I would have known I was heading into an ...more
shady boots
Yeah, no thanks, Blandlantia. Frankly I'd rather watch a chess game in a retirement home. ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
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
Kristina Horner
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, dystopian
This book was gorgeous, exhilarating, and broke my expectations again and again. It could have easily been another dystopian love triangle but it surprised me over and over again. I loved it.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
DNF at 100 pages

This was, essentially, a yawn-fest. Every time I would pick it up, I would get through 20-30 pages and then I would fall asleep. My eyes were literally tearing up from yawning, guys, this has never happened to me before - at leas not to this extent. Sadly, I was not able to get immersed in this story.

The concept was very exciting and the idea of an underwater city and a society that sacrifices itself so that others can survive and live peacefully was more than intriguing and prom
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Atlantia by Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: Hardcover copy traded via YA Book Exchange

Summary (from Goodreads):

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, str
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

Due to this being set in Atlantis I thought that it would be a fantasy, or a historical set in the times of ancient Greece. But it is not Atlantis, it is Atlantia. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world Above is poisoned so people moved Below the water.

This is the story of Rio, who dreams of seeing above, and her journey to see her sister again, and to discover the secrets of her world and Above, and what really hap

I hate writing negative reviews. Especially when I really enjoyed the author’s other works, but I was expecting more out of this book. This had cute and some interesting moments but overall I was bored reading this book. I loved the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie so much but I could not get into this book and honestly I even put it down for a couple days before even picking it back up to finish it. It had some interesting parts and a plot that some people will enjoy a lot but I just did not
Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia
“Under star-dark seas and skies of gold
Live those Above and those Below
They sing and weep, both high and deep
While over and under the ocean rolls”–Atlantia, Ally Condie.

My thoughts: Introduction

Let us start off with the cover of the book. I was a little disappointed because I originally thought that this book was going to be about a tale of mermaids. But after I read the synopsis for the book, I was intrigued by the originality of the story! So, I bought this book and started reading
Interesting! Review to come. :)

Thanks Penguin! (ALA Annual 14)

Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, ya-fantasy
4.5 stars
I will warn you - this is slow to get started. It takes awhile for the world to be built and the characters to get situated, but once it does, it is an amazing world to explore. Rio is an immensely complex protagonist who really struggles with the right thing to do. But I think my favorite character of all was Maire. She is so nebulous - you don't know whether to hug her or smack her. She is a big reason this book almost got five stars from me. The rest of the book was spectacular as we
Anne Osterlund
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rio lives in the underwater city of Atlantia. After her mother dies, she forfeits her dream--the chance to live Above--in order fulfill her promise to stay below with her sister, Bay. But when Bay turns the tables on Rio and snatches their family’s only spot on a transport to the world Above, Rio is left in Atlantia. Alone. Determined to unravel her sister’s motive and to challenge all the laws of Atlantia in order to see Bay once again. Above.

Oh, I really enjoyed this novel! The underwater worl
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, dystopian
I've read a lot of dystopian novels, and a lot of them follow a similar story line. This one was different, and I truly appreciate that! I'm also a sucker for a story about sisters, and enjoyed that aspect of it as well. I once again wish for the half-star option, because I would have given this book a solid 3.5 stars.

The world has been divided between Above - where the air was so polluted that people could no longer survive for long - and Below - where the people have been blessed with long and
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My suspension of disbelief can only be so strong for so long before it collapses. Atlantia is a mind-boggler. To the author's credit, Ally Condie does try to describe the actual world-building: the city of Atlantia is underwater, inside giant, connected "bubbles". But I can't properly imagine the engineering and logistics required to build a city and move it into these "bubbles", or bring the materials INTO the bubbles, and build them inside. What are these bubbles made of, and how are they conn ...more
jelly frogs
In any case, this wasn't an unbearable and the testimony is the fact that I finished it pretty quick. While it made me turn the pages, there was nothing remarkable about anything that happens in this book. Everything was just..there. When the action was supposedly at its highest peak, I was wondering when the action would come only to realize that oh, this is the action sequence.

I loved how the book started, it made me feel like I was going to experience something wonderfully refreshing. As it t
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Don’t get Atlantia, the underwater city mixed up with Atlantis, because they have absolutely nothing in common except for being underwater. I thought Atlantia was going to be rich in culture and history and contain many historic buildings, but what we got instead was a bare bones story about bats and sirens.

Somehow the book had a weird dystopian feel about it, referring to the city “Above” and “Below” which is where Atlantia
Review can be found here @ My Little Corner for Books

I have such mixed feeling about this one, it’s not even funny. *sigh* Okay, so, I decided to give Ally Condie a second chance. I had tried her Matched trilogy before and… that experience did not end well. Like, at all. I believe I gave Matched 3 stars but Crossed was so boring and horrible, I just couldn’t do it. I gave up somewhere close to the part where they were walking across some mountains! (Because that narrows it down SO much! *my eyeb
Kate Willis
This is my fifth book by Ally Condie.

First off, she alllwwwwaaayys scores the most beautiful book covers. Second, whoever decided the inside flaps should be that exact shade of green has my undying respect and a pan of brownies.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book. I’d heard a rumor that it was exactly like Matched except bland, and since I loved Matched, I wasn’t too thrilled about that idea.

I looooved the worldbuilding. The gondolas, the trees, the market… It was properly dystopi
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I love it when I'm excepting one thing with a book, and get something completely different. Ally Condie treated me to something I was not excepting. When I first read that Atlantia had Sirens, I, for whatever reason, thought mermaids. For the record, there are NO mermaids in this book. What this book has, however is an unpredictable plot line, a pretty cool world, some great characters, a well paced romance, and a few twists. Did I mention there's an UNDER SEA WORLD?

Read my FULL review here on
I've read some of Ally Condie's work and it wasn't really good, but the synopsis sounds really good so we'll see. ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Atlantia.. oh Atlantia.. I honestly didn't have high hopes because one of my book kryptonite is mermaids/sirens.. however I thought this would be different with the sci fi/dystopian setting. Unfortunetly Atlantia didn't have a captivating and strong plot.. half the time I was bored out of my mind.

We have Rio, living in Atlantia, a constructed underworld city. At the age of 16, each person is allowed to choose between staying in Atlantia or going to the above. Rio always wanted to go to the abov
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having started this book with considerable misgivings , I must say I am not enthusiastic about sirens, the new novel my Allie Condie greatly surprised me .I expected a romantic fairy tale and instead I found a compelling story about love,sacrifice and the never ending human thirst for power.

The novel depicts a world divided between the citizens living above on the ground and the ones living below the surface of the sea.The descriptions of the submerged city of Atlantia , the temple with its meta
Under star-dark seas and skies of gold/Live those Above, and those Below/They sing and weep, both high and deep/While over and under the ocean rolls
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn't a fan of the Matched series (dnf-ed Crossed), but Atlantia's premise looked so intriguing, and the praise from Shannon Hale (one of my favourite authors) was enough for me to pick it up. I was expecting YA tropes, and instead, this book was refreshingly original.
After losing my mother and my
WTF Are You Reading?
Atlantia is a very hard story to pin down. A major reason for this being that it unfolds at a very slow pace.
Rio Conwy is a girl restrained. Kept away from her dream of a life in the Above by a last minute decision by her sister. Warned never to use her Siren's gift by her mother. Haunted by unanswered questions surrounding her mother's death and the surviving aunt that she has never been allowed to know.

The first third of the book is spent following Rio through loss after loss. Her mother, her
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: october-2014
Okay let me start out by saying that I love Ally Condie and her writing. She has a way of grabbing you and pulling you into the world and keeping you there until you can't turn the pages anymore because the book is done.

I was taken at betrayal and underworld so when I started reading and found out what one twin did to the other and how the parents were dead I knew I was going to go on one hell of a journey and journey is what I got.Can you imagine living with your twin and doing everything toget
Hafsah Faizal
Original concept with an amazing cover and yawn-worthy writing. I feel slightly ashamed to rate it as such, because I requested this book. I loved MATCHED, but hated CROSSED, so I should have seen this coming.

Stopped reading at 35 pages. There are some books where you just know it won't work out, and ATLANTIA is one of them.

Also, I cannot take a girl seriously when her name is Rio. I keep imagining a bird.
Erin Lynn
Originally reviewed on The Hardcover Lover.

Atlantia by Ally Condie is the story of two orphaned sisters, Rio and Bay, who live in an underwater city called Atlantia. They've spent their whole lives there, one dreaming of going above, and one wishing to stay below. It's also the story of lies and deception and a heroine will rise to save her world.

I really wanted to like this book, especially after reading the first few chapters from NetGalley. Unfortunately, I just feel like too many things wen
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Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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