Dutton Children’s, 2014
Audience: All Teens
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.
I am so glad this book didn’t become a trilogy! Hooray for stand alones! The story was so much stronger because it was told in one book. The world and the characters were so interesting.
Because people were living underwater and some were called sirens, I kept thinking of them as mermaids in my head, even though they weren’t. I liked that twist. Very cool. The characters’ motivations, the mystery and the action made for an exciting read. I thought there was the perfect amount of romance - not too much. Overall, it’s a great story.