Rio lives in the underwater city of Atlantia, inhabited by a group of settlers who left Above during the Divide. Atlantia is mystical, bubble-enclosed dwelling, populated by sirens and designed with ornate buildings and shimmering metal trees. Rio has always dreamed of sun and sky, and plans to eventually go Above but makes a promise to stay Below with her sister, Bay, after their mother dies. When Bay stuns Rio by taking the family’s only spot on a transport, Rio is left in Atlantia, alone, except for her eccentric siren-aunt Maire. Rio must come to terms with her own secrets and the truth of the city’s history, while finding a way to reach her sister Above. This is a quiet, reflective dystopian from the author of Matched that offers the reader a strong heroine with an unlikely mentor, and a uniquely beautiful world.
Post written by guest blogger Maggie Thomann, Downers Grove Public Library