Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

Read from November 17 to December 02, 2014.

(Source: Purchased from Amazon.)

I'm not really sure how I feel about Atlantia. It was a very interesting premise, but it just didn't work very well for me. I was bored through most of it, as much as I hate to admit it, and it felt like the action was completely nonexistent. Even when the characters were in danger, it didn't feel that way. I never felt any concern for them because I just knew everything would work out.

The characters felt flat, and one of the clich├ęs that I'm really starting to loathe is present: insta-love. I think I would enjoy that more as a teenager (I know, I know... YA is technically for teens), but as an adult, it just bothers me. At least there isn't a love triangle, though.

This book had so much potential, and I'm a little disappointed that I didn't enjoy it more. It wasn't completely bad, though, as the author did a good job of describing Atlantia, and I liked the bats, as odd as that sounds. The villain (who shall remain nameless - no spoilers here) just felt so one-dimensional, and I'm still not absolutely sure why they did what they did. What was the real goal? And I feel like there wasn't any closure as far as the "villain" goes. What happened to them? Were they jailed? Allowed to roam free? And I know I said no spoilers, but I do have a specific question that is spoilery, so proceed with caution.


How is Nevio a siren? I've never heard of male sirens, and I feel like that's something that should have been addressed. A little backstory about that could have made all the difference. Ah, well.


I hate to end this review on a low note, so I'll mention the cover. It's gorgeous, isn't it?

Rating (out of five stars):

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  1. The cover is truly gorgeous. I actually hit my mouse by accident and had to scroll back up to catch the review. I even like the blurb on the cover. "Human voices wake us, And we drown."
    The cover is so catching. I might add this to my to-read list anyway. It doesn't sound to my taste, but...there's a time and place for every book, right?
    Thanks for reviewing this! :)

    1. This is definitely one of my favorite covers - so lovely.

      You're right! Sometimes you can find a new favorite just by trying out something different. :)