Published by Dutton Children's on October 28th 2014
Can you hear Atlantia breathing?
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.
Ummmm…ok. Too start things off I read the Matched series a couple years back and I wasn’t too big of a fan of it. So I didn’t have huge expectations for this book. I went into it without knowing anything about it. I honestly though it would be a mermaid tale and that is why I originally picked it up. You don’t see many mermaid books flying about in the YA community. I didn’t like it. I thought the story started off really slow and there were good part there were. But over all it was two and half hearts for me. The bad things in the book really outdid the good.
I thought that Rio was really dull. Like a super dull narrator. She has these big dreams of going up to th Above but she just didn’t seem like it. If she really did want to go above she would’ve done it without her sister’s consent, and yes I know she did that to protect her but who were they really protecting if you ask me. She was dull throughout the book. Her relationship was very dull. The romance wasn’t very sparky, and romances in books really make me think. They’re my favorite part of the books, but this one really didn’t catch my eye.
True. Literally one of the only reasons I didn’t give this book one star. It always is! He was the only character I liked except Maire (really cool aunt), and if he wasn’t here in the story I would’ve hated this book. The romance between him and Rio though….not so much. I already explained before how there was no real spark going between them and there really needs to be one if you’re going to sell a book with a romance in it. I don’t know I’m babbling now BUT I NEED THE SPARK!
Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book to a bucket load of people. And trust me it kills me writing these reviews. I hate it when I hate a book you know what I mean? Eh its a blogger thing 😉