Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday #111: Atlantia, by Ally Condie

This is a weekly event hosted by
It showcases future releases which
we book bloggers
are eagerly anticipating!!

Here's my choice for this week!

Ally Condie
Hardcover, 320 pages
Dutton Juvenile
October 28, 2014
Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology,
Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction

Book Synopsis
 “Utterly captivating. A heroine unlike any I’d met before, a setting I’d never glimpsed, a story I’d never imagined. Atlantia is fresh, wild, and engrossing. I love Ally Condie.” —Shannon Hale, award-winning, bestselling author of Austenland and Dangerous

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced—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 corrupted 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.

Why I'm waiting on this one!

Just reading the synopsis has left
me breathless! This is most
definitely a book not to be missed!
I'm adding it to my list of
mermaid stories, which are among
my favorite types of fantasy!
I can't wait to get my hands on this
fascinating tale, so I'm
pouncing on it as soon as it's released!!

What  do you think of my choice?
Please leave a link in the
comments so I can come over 
to your blog and
see what you're waiting on!


  1. This looks really cool. I haven't read Condie's Matched series because the premise didn't appeal to me at all, but Atlantia is a lot more interesting!
    My WoW

    1. Hi, Sofia!

      Yeah, I wasn't too enthused about reading the Matched series, but this one.....oh, I HAVE to read this one!! So I totally agree with you!!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! :)

  2. Great pick. I haven't read the Matched series but this one sounds really appealing.

    Happy Wednesday!

    Shane @ Itching for Books

    1. Hi, Shane!

      Glad you like my pick! I'm not too enthused about reading the Matched series, as I mentioned to Julia above. But I REALLY want to read this book, and I'll bet there will be a series, too!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!! Happy Wednesday to you, too!! : )

  3. This sounds really good.

    Mermaids seem to be very popular these days. I understand why as their mythology is so very interesting and old.

    I just saw a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream which contains is a reference to a mermaid that struck my as incredibly beautiful -

    Once I sat upon a promontory,
    And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin's back,
    Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
    That the rude sea grew civil at her song;
    And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
    To hear the sea-maid’s music.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Oh, I know! And you're right -- mermaids ARE very popular these days. Their mythology is indeed very interesting, as well as old. I find them entirely fascinating!

      Of course, I also LOVE this gorgeous cover!!

      OMG, you saw a performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"? Was it a stage performance? If so, you are SO lucky!! I think this is my FAVORITE Shakespeare play. I even based my blog's name on it. I wanted to call my blog "A Midsummer Night's Dream of Books", but I thought that would be much too long for a title. So I simply deleted the word "midsummer". And really, what better thing to dream about at night, if not books? ESPECIALLY printed books!! Lol.

      That is a LOVELY passage from this play! Well, everything the Bard wrote was absolutely lovely! But this particular passage just takes my breath away, it's so BEAUTIFUL.

      You know, that's one of the reasons I love the color blue so much -- it reminds me of the sea! Of course, it reminds me of the sky, as well. And it's SO peaceful to sit by the shore and just look out to sea, to where the horizon line separates the two areas of blue.....

      I must confess, however, that the ocean depths totally scare me. So I'd never be interested in any sort of diving. Maybe I envy mermaids because of their ability to navigate the ocean currents, and the very deep ocean areas, so easily, even if these creatures are totally imaginary! (Hmmm...I wonder about that.....)

      Thanks for visiting and leaving such a WONDERFUL comment!!

    2. It was a Community Theater Production. But for unpaid actors they were very good!

      This was indeed a great work to base your blog name on. There is something so very special about that play.

      I agree, It really would be wonderful indeed to be able to really breath underwater!

      By the way, You have really convinced me just how wonderful the color blue is!

    3. Hi, again, Brian!

      Gee, I'd give just about ANYTHING to be able to see this play live.....I repeat, you are SO, SO lucky!!

      I just remembered.....there's another Shakespeare play I love -- "The Tempest". Of course, I also love "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hamlet", but these are very tragic plays..... "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is so light and magical..... "The Tempest" is magical, too.

      You're right -- there's something VERY special about "A Midsummer Night's Dream", which is why I based my blog name on it. A dream is something ephemeral, surreal, most of the time, and therefore, magical. And books are all of these things! Well, except ephemeral, of course. Books will last FOREVER!!!! YAY!!

      I'd love to be able to breathe underwater. But I'm also afraid of the ocean currents, and the pressure. The deeper you go, the more pressure you encounter. It's very dangerous. Mermaids are blessedly free from this danger, and they can breathe underwater.

      Oh, so I've convinced you of "just how wonderful the color blue is"? Lol. Indeed!! It's the most BEAUTIFUL of all colors!! There's a very special feeling I get when I see a blue object, especially if it's an electric sort of blue, like the tones of blue I have on my blog. Oh, I get such visual pleasure from these tones!! You have no idea! Lol.

      Thanks for coming back with such a great comment!!!! : )

  4. Soo excited for this one as well! such a beautiful cover. Crossing my fingers and hoping i get an Arc

    Nemo @ Blame it on the Book

    1. Hi, Nemo!

      I'm so glad you share my excitement!! Yes, this book sounds absolutely fascinating, and I, too, LOVE that cover!!

      I sure hope you're able to get an ARC! I'm going to try to get one, too!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!! : )

  5. Great pick! I'm excited for this one too. I actually enjoyed the Matched series a lot and the synopsis of Atlantia sounds really good. I read an excerpt of the beginning chapters and it was good!

    1. Hi, Ariel!

      So glad you like my pick! I LOVE mermaid stories, so I really want to read this one! I'm going to check out that excerpt, too; I think it's available on Goodreads.

      Since you're recommending the Matched series, I might actually give it a shot.

      Thanks for swinging by and commenting!! : )

  6. This is an awesome pick. I got to see Ally Condie at BEA. They didn't have this ARC, but got a sampler which is making me want to read more of it. It's going to be a good book.

    Books of Love

    1. Hi, Grace!

      Yes, I think it's AWESOME, too!! I can't wait for this book to be released!!

      OMG, you actually got to meet Ally Condie? LUCKY YOU!!! I've met some YA authors before, but heck, I'd like to meet them all!!! Lol.

      I know, there.s a sample available, but even without reading it, I KNOW this will be a TERRIFIC book, simply because it's about mermaids. Mermaid stories are always incredibly GREAT!!

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a FAB comment!! :)

  7. Awesome pick! I haven't heard of this one yet. I have to go check it out!

    Come check out my blog and maybe even hit the follow button? It'd be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi, Samantha!

      Oh, thank you!! Yes, I KNOW this book will be the absolute BOMB!! Lol.

      I'll definitely go over and check out your WOW, as well as follow your blog. Hope you can follow me back!!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! : )

  8. I can't wait to get my hands on this one, either, Maria! I featured this one last week because I loved Ally Condie's Matched series so much! I'm excited to see what Atlantia will be like. Perfect WoW pick, lovely!! Thanks so much for stopping by *hugs*

    1. Hi, Michelle!

      Oh, what a coincidence that you featured this one, too! That means I need to visit your blog more often. Lol. But you know what they say -- "Great minds think alike!" Lol.

      You're the second person who tells me that the Matched series is REALLY good, so that means I will definitely put it on my TBR!

      You're very welcome for my visit, and thanks to YOU for the giveaway!! I just went by again and commented on your own WOW, which REALLY WOWED me!!!

      Thanks for commenting back!! : )

  9. Oh I absolutely love that cover!

    My WoW

    1. Hi, Fiza!

      I do, too! It's absolutely GORGEOUS!! And the plot is AWESOME!!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! : )


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