Current Read: Atlantia (Part 2)

imageDue 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?


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Current Read: Atlantia

imageI finished up Four quickly, completed the last few chapters of The Paris Wife, and I’m on to my next book. I just started reading Atlantia by Ally Condie last night, so I am not very far into the book yet. I’ve been wanting to read this book because I enjoyed Condie’s Matched trilogy (Matched, Crossed, Reached). I am reading this book as a digital library loan on my kindle fire.

Goodreads Book Blurb:

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. image

So far, I know I need to keep reading because I’m just in the “meet the characters, figure out the problem, learn about the world” stage, but I’m interested to find out more. Already, there is an underground world, a mysterious death, a betrayal by a beloved sibling, sirens (as in people who have power with their voices), and a quest to escape to Above. I think this will be an exciting book- especially since this is a standalone book and not a trilogy. That means Condie will have to get a lot done in 300 pages. I’m ready to dive into this underwater world to find out what happens next.

What are you currently reading?

 

Entry #19 – Favorite Author:

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Entry #19 – Favorite author:  What author do you gravitate towards in the bookstore or library?  Which author can you not get enough books from?  Or maybe they’ve only written one book, but it changed your life.

Growing up, my very favorite author would have to be Caroline B. Cooney.  This past summer, I decided to send a piece of fan-mail to this author who was an important part of my life.  I don’t know if she actually read my letter or not, but I thought it was important to express my thanks for her novels.  Check out a bit of the letter I sent:

I picked up The Face on the Milk Carton in middle school and became a Caroline B. Cooney fan for life.  “Cooney” was the first bookshelf I always checked at the library or bookstore, and I voraciously read your body of work.  I realize now how lucky I was to have parents who valued reading and were able to fund my book habit.  I have read at least 40 of your titles and personally own 30 of the books.  I remember ordering some of the trickier to find titles on e-bay when I was in college.  I also have The Face on the Milk Carton starring Kellie Martin and Edward Herrmann recorded on VHS!

Besides The Face on the Milk Carton series, some of my favorite books are The Time Travelers Quartet, Driver’s Ed, and The Terrorist. I enjoy your books because of the slightly-unusual character names, the fast-paced and suspenseful action, and the relatable main characters.  I’ve never seen my own face on a milk carton, stolen a stop sign, handled smallpox scabs, or traveled back in time, but for some reason, I believe what the characters are doing and feel for them.  I cheer them on when they make good choices and groan when they do the wrong thing.  Your books provided the adventure I needed in my life.

Even though I am now twenty-seven years old, I still enjoy picking up your books.  In fact, I just read Three Black Swans and Code Orange this summer.  It has taken me fifteen years to send this piece of fan-mail, but I wanted to let you know how much I admire you as an author.  I will continue to recommend your books to my friends and students.

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As an adult, I still gravitate towards Young Adult Literature, so I admire authors like Ally Condie, Kristin Cashore, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, Carrie Jones, and Marissa Meyer.  When it comes to more “grown up” books, I’m a fan of authors Steve Berry, Katherine Neville, Paullina Simons, and Gillian Flynn.  The biggest bummer is finding an author I really like, and then discovering that the author has only written one book!

Who are your favorite authors?