Fantasy is normally not my thing, so when I saw that Ally Condie had come out with another young adult novel, the only reason I was interested is because she wrote the Matched series and I really liked that one. But I’m glad I gave it a try because I really enjoyed it.
Atlantia by Ally Condie is about a futuristic time when our world has been divided between the Above city and the Below city. The main character, Rio, lives in the Below with her mother and sister. After her mother’s mysterious death and her sister’s sudden departure to the Above, Rio begins to plan her own escape and as she does, uncovers secrets that could destroy life as she knows it.
Atlantia by Ally Condie fits best in the dystopian literature category but could easily be labeled as fantasy also. Of course, there’s a love story in the mix but it’s a very minor story line which I like because the story and setting are enough for the reader. Atlantia is a great book that teaches us about what’s truly important and asks us how much we will sacrifice for those we love.