First Chapter First Paragraph – Atlantia


Hi Everyone,

This is my fourth time trying First Chapter First Paragraph Intros. This weekly link-up is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. If you would like to join, just share the first paragraph or a few paragraphs from the first chapter of the book that you’re currently reading or that you’re planning on reading. Today’s pick is Atlantia by Ally Condie.


First Paragraph of Chapter 1:

My twin sister, Bay, and I pass underneath the brown-and-turquoise banners hanging from the ceiling of the temple. Dignitaries perch on their chairs in the gallery, watching, and people crowd in the pews in the nave. Statues of the gods adorn the walls and ceiling, and it seems as if they watch us, too. The temple’s most largest and beautiful window, the rose window, has been lit from behind to simulate the affect of sunlight through the panes. The glass shines like a blessing—amber, green, blue, pink, purple. The colors of flower petals Above, of coral formations Below.

Summary from Goodreads

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.

What does everyone think? Would you keep reading this book?



  1. I’m a real stickler for grammar, spelling, and usage, so I’d have a hard time reading this since there are two errors in the opening (most largest and affect/effect). Those kinds of mistakes distract me from a story. Too bad, because it sounds interesting otherwise.
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