Due to Thanksgiving, NaBloPoMoing, and a teething baby, I didn’t read as much this week as I usually do. I’m still working on Ally Condie’s Atlantia. Here’s a reminder of what the book is about (thanks to Goodreads):
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.
As I mentioned last week, this is a standalone book, so I was expecting a lot of action and a fast-paced plot. However, it’s not moving as fast as I would like. I’m not itching to read the book, eager to find out what happens next. Maybe that will change when I really devote some time to reading it, but I’m not entirely sold on this book yet. Another tricky thing about this book is the world. It’s not as fully developed as, say, the Harry Potter world, so I’m left wondering how this world operates under water. The main character, Rio, is a bit annoying as she has a really cool ability, but doesn’t do anything with it. Rio is a siren, which means her voice is powerful. She could control people and objects -whether for good or for evil- just by speaking. However, sirens are feared and misunderstood, so her mother taught her to hide and control her voice so no one knows she is a siren. This is all well and good, but now she is in need of some power and her voice could really come in handy…but she doesn’t know how to use it, or how to use it without putting herself in danger. I’m hoping that as the book goes on, she figures out how to utilize her gift.
What are you currently reading?
- This post marks the end of NaBloPoMo. Thanks to everyone who visited my blog throughout the month of November. I hope we will continue to run into each other in the blogosphere!