Atlantia by Ally Condie
I really liked Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy, so I was happy to pick up her next YA fantasy romance. Atlantia is about two sisters, Rio and Bay, growing up in a city under the sea. Their mother dies mysteriously, and soon after, Bay decides to leave Atlantia and go to the surface, surprising her sister. Rio, the narrator, has a secret talent: she’s a Siren, and her voice can compel people to do things. The plot is driven by a mystery about Rio’s mother’s death, the society’s origins and Bay’s reasons for going Above.
This novel suffers in comparison with the Matched books. The concept of the setting is more ‘out there,’ and the romance plot is less well developed, so the fantasy elements have to carry more weight. It’s still worth reading for anyone who likes the genre, though.