Posted on Oct 19th, 2014 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie, Blog Tour, Review


Atlantia by Ally Condie
Release Date: October 28
ARC received by Publisher

Order: Amazon|Barnes & Noble|IndieBound


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.

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My love for Ally Condie’s poetic writing has followed her from the Matched Trilogy to her latest book, Atlantia. Atlantia shows us the bond between two sisters Rio and Bay in an underground city. The residents are safe from the toxins in the air from above, but it comes at a price. Those that live above are taking care of the ones safe below. After the death of their mother, the sisters promised one another that they would stay together, in the below.

After Bay chooses Above, Rio works to unravel the mystery of her mothers death and what exactly is going on with the Below and the Above. Atlantia is a truly magical read from beginning to end with mystery, intrigue and a beautifully written relationship between two sisters.

Given that most books nowadays seem to be trilogies, I was surprised to find out that Atlantia will be a stand alone. After finishing the book I so wanted another chance to explore the world that Ally built. I’m thankful that everything was able to be wrapped up in one book though, and cannot wait to see what Ally comes up with next.


About the Author:

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

As part of Team Above we had the chance to interview Ally!

What was the world building process like for you while writing Atlantia?
I always have the character and the situation first, and then I build the world around that scenario. It was that way with Cassia and Matched—I knew I had a girl finding out who she was going to marry and that someone else had chosen that person for her, and then I built the world around her, so to speak. It was the same with Rio in Atlantia—I knew I had a girl who had just lost her sister and who was trapped in a place she was desperate to leave, and so I built the city of Atlantia around her. It was a lot of fun, actually, to create something so strange and different, and to think about what an underwater city might look and feel like!
There are a lot of dystopian books out there now, what makes Atlantia different?
I don’t know that I would even call Atlantia a dystopia, even though it does take place in a society that exists after we’ve ruined our world. I think Atlantia is different because it’s largely a story about sisters and about love, and it also has an element of magic, which I haven’t done before in a novel, and which I don’t think we see in a lot of dystopias.
Have you ever struggled with what you would like to happen with a character, and what makes sense for the character?
Yes, definitely. Sometimes I have ideas about what will happen to a character and then when I get writing, I find out that I was totally wrong, that my old ideas don’t fit the person that character has become. That happened with Rio as I wrote Atlantia, and also with the character Maire.
What were some of your influences in writing Atlantia?
Even though there are no mermaids in Atlantia, the Hans Christian Andersen version of The Little Mermaid (not the Disney version!) influenced this book quite a bit. The original tale is very dark, without the happy ending, and I found it very interesting. If you read that tale it’s quite easy to see what elements I used as inspiration for my book. The great cathedrals of Europe also influenced this book—the way common people spent years working to build those places and were told their reward would be in heaven. And I was influenced by my own relationships with my sisters, of course
What books are current faves in your house?
I just read a book called Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson that I absolutely loved. She’s genius. My husband is reading a book by William Gibson, one of his favorite authors. My oldest son just finished reading Spirit Animals, and we’re reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to the younger two boys. And my toddler daughter is very into the Llama Llama books.
What books inspired you growing up?
I was a HUGE fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, and I also loved reading The Babysitters’ Club books. As I grew older, I fell in love with the writing of Wallace Stegner and Anne Tyler. I still love their books.
Did your love of Olympic swimmers have anything to do with a world set beneath the water?
It didn’t, actually—well, at least not consciously. It was more the influence of The Little Mermaid that made me think of putting the city underwater. But when I was trying to decide what True looked like, I saw Nathan Adrian swimming in the 2012 Olympics, and I thought, “That’s him!” So Olympic swimming definitely influenced that part of the book.
What’s something about you that not many people know?
I was once a child performer with the American Folk Ballet. I loved it because we got to wear these beautiful dresses and because the adult dancers were always so kind to us.

To celebrate this book’s release, we are giving away an advanced copy of Atlantia and an exclusive Atlantia necklace!
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Posted on May 1st, 2014 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

Ally’s got some great upcoming signings, are you going to any of them?

From her website:

Friday, May 2, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Talk and Signing with Ann Dee Ellis
7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
2191 N Rainbow Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Twin Cities Teen Lit Conference
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Henry Sibley High School
Mendota Heights, MN
More info here.
Event is free and open to the public!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tempe, AZ
Book Signing
7:00 p.m.
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283


She also mentioned on twitter that she will be at BEA! Once we get details we will update you as soon as possible!

Posted on Apr 29th, 2014 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie, Book News

Last March Ally Condie announced a new two book series and today Publishers Weekly has the cover reveal for Atlantia, which will be published November 4th!


What do you think? Are you as excited as we are for this?!

Posted on Feb 5th, 2014 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

Ally Condie Author Photo

Live in Pennsylvania, Utah or Washington? Check out the new events Ally will be at below!

February 22 2:00 PM
Parkway Central Library
Philadelphia, PA

March 8
UVU Teen Author Boot Camp
Conference Registration Required
Orem, UT

March 13-14
Cavalcade of Authors
Pasco, WA

Will you be attending any of these?

Posted on Jan 16th, 2014 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie


Kirkus Reviews recently listed 9 young adult books that are as good as they are popular and of course MATCHED made the list!

MATCHED made the list along with other great YA titles such as Delirium, Legend, Divergent and more.


Posted on Dec 8th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

Ally recently posted that she will be attending the Orem Library’s Holiday Author Extravaganza on Saturday December 14th! Ally will be there along with other great authors! She will be a part of an author panel from 10:00-11:00 and then signing from 11:00-12:00!

She has also updated her website with her annual book gift guide! Check out her blog post for more, including a book with artwork from her very talented mother!

Posted on Nov 3rd, 2013 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

Ally Condie Author Photo

Ally Condie will be appearing at the Kalamazoo Public Library November 7 from 6:30-8:00pm.

The signing event is free and open to the public.

Posted on Sep 29th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie, Interviews, Society's Bookshelf

Kami-Garcia-Bio-HiRes   Ally Condie Author Photo
Kami Garcia, co-writer of the Beautiful Creature series, discusses her new book,Unbreakable, with Matched trilogy author Ally Condie in an interview series for Amazon Kindle.

AC: You co-authored the Beautiful Creatures series and now you have a new solo series, the Legion, coming out. The first book, Unbreakable, is completely thrilling. What was the solo writing process like forUnbreakable?

KG: Unbreakable is a combination of my favorite genres and topics: paranormal romance, suspense, ghost hunting, secret societies, superstition, thrillers, and ordinary characters who are thrown into extraordinary situations. Unbreakable was inspired by “Red Run,” a short story I wrote about a girl who is hunting the ghost that was responsible for her brother’s death. Of course, there’s a twist, and the situation is not what it seems…

Writing solo is very different. Coauthoring a novel is a collaboration, which means someone else is part of the process –- providing feedback and weighing in on the work. If you write something terrible, or you veer too far from the story, the other person will call you on it.

KG: I went through a mini-depression after finishing Reached, the last book in your Matched trilogy, and I know I’m not alone. It’s so hard to say good-bye to a series you love. What was it like to finish writing the series?

AC: It actually felt good to finish the series, like I had taken the characters to college or something and I knew they were ready and that it was time for me to let go. I think the characters are what I will miss most about that universe. I spent the better part of five years with Cassia, Ky, and Xander, and so it’s a little sad not to spend time in their world anymore.

AC: What is the best part about creating a new world and characters?

KG: As someone who grew up reading urban fantasy, creating the mythology of the supernatural universe is what draws me into a story first. I also rely heavily on the history of the places I write about. In Beatiful Creatures it was the south. Unbreakable is set in both Washington DC and haunted locations in the Northeast. It’s easier for readers to suspend disbelief if the setting and historical details are accurate.

But the characters are the heart of the story for me. I need to know everything from what kind of music they like to their deepest fears and darkest secrets.

Find more of their interview at Amazon!

Ally Condie’s REACHED releases in paperback on November 19. It’s currently available for pre-order: Amazon|Barnes & Noble

Kami Garcia’s Unbreakable releases this Tuesday. Pre-order Unbreakable today: Amazon | Books a Million | Book Depository | Indie Bound | Barnes & Noble



Posted on Sep 24th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

Awesome news! REACHED was first released November 12, 2012, and now it is releasing in paperback on November 19, 2013.

It’s currently available for pre-order: Amazon|Barnes & Noble

Conclusion to the New York Times Bestselling Matched Trilogy!

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.

Posted on Sep 17th, 2013 by audra
In these categories Ally Condie

In Ally Condie’s latest blog post she writes:

I am writing something new. Newer even than this project, which will be my next, out in Fall 2014. I love writing something new in every season but I think maybe especially in the fall.

What do you think? Something new that isn’t MATCHED or the Rio book? What are you hoping for? We can’t wait to find out more about this!