I am so stoked to be part of the Atlantia blog tour with Penguin. I have loved Ally Condie since I first read Matched all those years ago so I am happy to be part of the launch of her next series! As part of the blog tour, Ally wrote a fantastic post about sisters and the importance of that relationship in Atlantia. Check it out below!
If I were to describe ATLANTIA as just one thing, I would say that it is a book about sisters. I thought about my own sisters quite a lot as I wrote Rio and Bay’s story. I have two sisters, one twenty-one months younger than me and one thirteen years younger than me. I’ve written a bit about my close-in-age sister (I even dedicated a book to her!) so I thought a post about my youngest sister, Hope, was past due.
When people find out that ATLANTIA is a story about twins, they often ask if there are any twins in my family. And there are. My sister, Hope, has a twin, but her twin passed away before they were born.
I was thirteen when my mom told me she was expecting twin girls. We were thrilled. Things became complicated and we were all heartbroken when she lost one of the twins at five months. My mom spent the next two months in the hospital on bedrest. When Hope was born at 32 weeks, tiny and perfect, we were all over the moon and everyone has been in love with her ever since.
Though the age difference between Hope and me is much greater than between Rio and Bay, we are very close. There’s something about a sister, someone who has grown up in the same home and knows the same family intimately, that means a deep underlying understanding. That doesn’t mean it’s a perfect understanding—Rio and Bay show that even the closest of sisters can keep secrets from one another—but it is there, sometimes whether you want it to be or not. ;)
Hope came to visit this weekend and brought her usual gentle sunshine. She played games (indoor and outdoor) with my four children. She brought clay for them to sculpt with and cookies for them to eat. She insisted that my husband and I go on a date and so we went to Ikea for a bookshelf without the kids (really nice and SUPER romantic). Hope and I jumped on the trampoline and watched Season 3 of Sherlock so that she is all caught up (she loves it too). And she told us stories of her summer in the Alaskan tundra.
She’s such a sweet person, kinder than anyone I know, and she is a rare combination of heart of gold and spine of steel. She does really hard things with a smile on her face, has a taste for adventure and at the same time is utterly grounded. I admire her because she is so different from me. And I am quite certain there is a little of her in both Rio and Bay.