Google+ Reading Teen: Check Out Rio's Playlist! {ATLANTIA by Ally Condie} #AtlantiaAbove

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Check Out Rio's Playlist! {ATLANTIA by Ally Condie} #AtlantiaAbove

Hello my lovelies! I hope you're ready for a treat! Today, as part of the ATLANTIA blog tour, we have the amazing Ally Condie with us to talk about her new heroine, Rio!

Rio has been trapped below the sea, in the underwater world of Atlantia for her entire life. Now all she wants is to go Above, to see the sky and feel the sun. Although living under the sea sounds fun at first, I think after awhile I would go absolutely insane. I NEED the sun.

And that's why I'm definitely TEAM ABOVE!

Make sure you follow #AtlantiaAbove if you don't want to be stuck under the sea FOREVER! What would you choose?

Rio's Playlist
by Ally Condie

Writing Rio was one of the most interesting parts of writing ATLANTIA for me. I felt like she was a bit of a mystery, and a truly good and brave person, and those two things meant that her story was compelling to me. I loved that she was strong emotionally and physically, that she longed for things she had never seen and still loved the world she knew. I hope that readers like her too. Hopefully this playlist will give a bit of insight into Rio’s character—whether one listens to it before or after they’ve read ATLANTIA.

1. Brave by Sara Bareilles.
This song came out while I was working on the book and I loved it immediately. We want to see Rio speak out, to be brave. And by the end of the book, I can see Rio singing this song to someone else, but that’s all I can say about that without giving too much away. J

2. The Nicest Thing by Kate Nash.
I adore the quirky sound of Nash’s voice, the way she recognizes how wonderful this person in the song is. I think Rio would feel the same acknowledgment and longing when she met True.

3. King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men.
I love that this is a duet, but that it’s her voice you hear the most. And there are so many little lines that have to do with the book and with Rio’s journey—finding someone with a loyal heart who will hold her hand as the world ends, the lines about “howling ghosts” and “night ships sailing” and “bright blue city lights.” And, of course, there are mentions of the sea, and the creatures that lurk below.

4. Sirens by Cher Lloyd.
This song speaks of carrying the weight of someone, and that is something that Rio and her sister Bay have done for each other throughout their lives. And the references to sirens calling also have to do with the story, and with their aunt Maire. It’s a song that, to me, speaks about Rio and her relationships with the women/family members in her story.

5. After the Storm by Mumford and Sons.
There’s a bittersweet quality to Rio’s story—she is a strong person, but also gentle, very aware of everything around her and her own mortality. She’s also tied to her city but hopeful of a better place, and I think this song reflects that. It’s one I could picture Rio and Bay singing to each other after their mother died. And I love the repetition of the line, “And I look up, I look up.”

6. Feel Again by One Republic.
I like this song for Rio as she allows herself to feel again. And the lyrics, quite literally, speak of her journey, and how she feels about her sister and about True. And, perhaps, Maire, in some more complicated way.

7. Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay.
One of the most heartbreaking things about living in the Below, to me, is that Rio has never seen the real sky or the real stars, and she longs to see them, and everything else Above. When I think of Rio and this song, I don’t think of it in regards to her love for a person. I think of it as how she feels about the Above in general, that world she would give almost anything to experience.

About the book: 

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.

Meet The Author:

Ally Condie is the author of the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. MATCHED was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. The sequels, CROSSED and REACHED, were also critically acclaimed and received starred reviews, and all three books are available in 30+ languages. Disney has optioned the film rights for the series.

A former English teacher, she lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.

Follow Ally on Twitter and Facebook.


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  4. I'm enjoying the book so far Andye. I have to say that I love most of these songs too, it can definitely apply to Rio :)


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