Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blog Tour: Atlantia by Ally Condie {Guest Post + Giveaway}

You guys, you guys. YOU GUYS. I am absolutely over the moon to be hosting today's stop on the blog tour for Atlantia, Ally Condie's new book. To celebrate, Penguin has put together a rather different kind of blog tour. We're divided into two teams: Team Below (WOOT!) and Team Above. All through the month we're posting tons of great content, including interviews, guest posts, playlists, fancasts, and reviews. And today, I've got Ally herself stopping by with some great Atlantia-inspired party ideas. But first, a bit about the book to rouse your memory...

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.

Ideas for an ATLANTIA Party 

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to go to some amazing book parties hosted by some extremely talented readers. It made me wonder…what would I have at my “ideal” ATLANTIA party? Well, the truth is that you only really need a book and a reader and that is pretty much perfect. But in the interest of daydreaming, I gathered some fun images for a party I would never actually be able to pull off (but I know there are people who could!).

  1. This beautiful white cowrie shell could have so many uses—place setting, gift for the party attendees, icebreaker (pass it around and each person tells part of their story when they have the shell). And, of course, it’s symbolic of an important part of the book (but I don’t want to give too much away!). Image source.
  2. Okay, so I never actually mention anyone eating cake in ATLANTIA (gross neglect on my part, I should make sure people eat cake at least once in every book). But how perfectly beautiful is this aqua cake? And the roses look a little like waves to me. Image source.
  3. These are so beautiful—books wrapped in brown paper, library cards on top!—and could be used so many ways. Favors for guests—maybe notebooks inside for them to write their own stories?—or guests could bring a favorite book to pass along to someone else, wrapped in brown paper for anonymity and used in a passing game. Image source.
  4. Another beautiful shell—very similar to the one used on the cover of ATLANTIA—could have lots of uses (see above, Item #1). Image source.
  5. I could never pull it off, but I think SOMEONE at the party should wear this dress—or maybe everyone should wear something made of aqua chiffon. ☺Image source: Etsy. No longer for sale.
  6. I think it would be so fun to visit a local aquarium as part of the event (or see if I could host the party itself there!).  There’s something about seeing all that blue water and all those beautiful creatures that induces awe. I’ve seen it in my kids when we visit our local aquarium, and I feel it myself. Image source.
  7. A gorgeous way to decorate—shells, filled with dirt, and growing little tiny plants! I love the marriage of the Above and Below—of things from the ocean and from the land—in this picture. Image source.
  8. More beautiful decorations—these metal fish above the table and around the room. True (an important character in ATLANTIA) would be so happy! Image source.
  9. Guests could wear these ribbons in their hair, as Rio and Bay do in the opening scene of ATLANTIA. Image source.
  10. A gorgeous illustration print of The Little Mermaid, one of the inspirations for the story of ATLANTIA. I’d love to put a print of these right in the center of the table, or little versions at place settings. Image source.
  11. This is the food (an Italian dessert bread called panettone) that Rio smells while walking through the deepmarket. Image source.
  12. Total pipe dream, but there are underwater hotels. Who knew?!? And how crazy would it be to have a book party there. Crazy. But the good kind. Image source.
  13. And last but not least, the perfect table setting. Image source.

About 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.
Find Ally online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

If you'd like to follow the rest of the tour and cheer on Team Below, check out the #AtlantiaBelow hastag on Twitter and here's the lineup of fabulous bloggers:

September 28 – Katie (Mundie Moms) – Long Q&A
September 30 – Jen (I Read Banned Books) – Guest post
October 2 – Katie (Katie’s Book Blog) – Short Q&A
October 4 – Lea (YA Book Queen) - Review
October 6 – Taschima (Bloody Bookaholic) - Fancasting
October 8 – Jeremy (Novel Thoughts Blog) – Guest post
October 10 – Erin/ Flo (Fangirlish) - Review
October 12 – Nancy (Ravenous Reader) – Review
October 14 – Sara (Novel Novice) - Playlist
October 16 – Jess (Gone with the Words) – Short Q&A
October 18 – Rachel (Paper Cuts) – Guest post
October 20 – Georgia (Eve’s Fan Garden) - Playlist
October 22 – Gabby (Queen Ella Bee Reads) – Long Q&A
October 24 – Andrea (Reading Lark) - Review
October 26 – Tirzah (The Compulsive Reader) - Playlist

One reader will receive a copy of Atlantia and a necklace! Open INTERNATIONALLY. 

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