AtlantiaWritten by Ally Condie

I enjoyed reading Atlantia. While suspenseful at times, the story is an easy one to read and understand, giving the reader a gentle journey into a not-so-gentle imaginary world. The descriptions of Atlantia depict an underground city I did not expect: with artificial light, metallic trees, and what sounds like steampunk architecture and machine designs. The author hints at the mythology of their world in the beginning and describes it in more detail as the story progresses. Miracles are acknowleged but questioned. Family is the central theme, but there is a bit of romance that is perfectly handled. The most interesting thing about this book was the logistics of how an underwater city works and functions and interacts with the world above. The story is good, but a bit unfulfilling as it seems there could be more to it.

Review by Stephanie Cousins, Granger High School Media Center
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: All ages

Written by Ally Condie
Speak, an imprint of Penguin Random House
298 pages
Release Date: October 20, 2015 (paperback), 2014 (hardcover)

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