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The Atlas Six Library Binding – Large Print, 23 March 2022
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The much-acclaimed viral sensation from Olivie Blake, The Atlas Six--now newly revised and edited with additional content.
- The tag #theatlassix has millions of views on TikTok
- A dark academic debut fantasy with an established cult following that reads like The Secret History meets The Umbrella Academy
- The first in an explosive trilogy
The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity, are the foremost secret society of magical academicians in the world. Those who earn a place among the Alexandrians will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams, and each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation.
Enter the latest round of six: Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona, unwilling halves of an unfathomable whole, who exert uncanny control over every element of physicality. Reina Mori, a naturalist, who can intuit the language of life itself. Parisa Kamali, a telepath who can traverse the depths of the subconscious, navigating worlds inside the human mind. Callum Nova, an empath easily mistaken for a manipulative illusionist, who can influence the intimate workings of a person's inner self. Finally, there is Tristan Caine, who can see through illusions to a new structure of reality--an ability so rare that neither he nor his peers can fully grasp its implications.
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they will have one year to qualify for initiation, during which time they will be permitted preliminary access to the Society's archives and judged based on their contributions to various subjects of impossibility: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. The six potential initiates will fight to survive the next year of their lives, and if they can prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, most of them will.
Most of them.
Lethally smart. Filled with a cast of brilliantly realized characters, each entangled with one another in torturously delicious ways, The Atlas Six will grip you by the throat and refuse to let go. Olivie Blake is a mind-blowing talent. -- Chloe Gong, author of NYT Bestselling These Violent Delights
The Atlas Six is a fantasy novel that understands that what the people want is more dark academia stories with flawless vibes and aesthetics and hot morally fraudulent characters who are constantly on the verge of either killing each other or fucking each other. I'm the people. -- chai, viral book reviewer @proyearner
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- Publisher : Wheeler Publishing Large Print; Large type / Large print edition (23 March 2022)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 711 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1432896717
- ISBN-13 : 978-1432896713
- Dimensions : 14.61 x 3.81 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 655,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 16 June 2021
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Sci fi fantasy
Diverse morally grey characters
So we all know The Library of Alexandria burnt down however all the knowledge was saved and cared for by a secret society.
Once every 10yrs six talented magicians are invited to be considered for initiation into the ranks.
They have a year to prove themselves, after which 5 will be initiated & go on to untold wealth, power, and prestige.
This is dark academia meets X-Men, with a sprinkle of spice. But don't be fooled, the romance is a subplot.
The academic rivalry is on point and the ebb and flow between the characters is amazing.
You slowly unravel each of the six characters with sophisticated dialogue & each POV has its own style so you truly feel that each are unique.
It's thought provoking, at times feels like a psychological war in my heart all with the underlying message of - all knowledge is worth having but at what cost?
I know I will be re-reading this book many times and can already feel that once I’ve done this and absorbed all this book has to offer that it will be a five star favourite read.
There was nothing predictable about this book and so many new concepts to consider. The characters were complicated yet simple in their desire to be their best, striving for knowledge and power simply to fulfil their own potential.
The final 10% of the book started to bring the puzzle pieces together and left me craving more pieces to really understand what this team of maedians could really do together.
I highly recommend making sure that you have dedicated time to read this whole book to ensure you can immerse yourself in the story.
Reviewed in Australia on 16 June 2021
She goes into such incredible detail with every part of this book. It’s got an intriguing premise, sure—but it’s the detail that captivates you, that makes you believe all of it is actually possible. She’s done her research and it shows. (Well actually it doesn’t, because well-written material that has been well-researched will always come up seamless: and ‘The Atlas Six’ is exactly that.) She writes ensemble better than anyone else I’ve read the work of, and makes you care about each character. And—plot holes? Olivie Blake has no idea what those are. Even the most insignificant details are weaved into the most important part of the story.
Not a moment you take reading this book, not a cent you spend on possessing it, is wasted. It’s all worth it. I’ll be buying many more copies and gifting it this year.
d this in a couple of days. Could not put it down. Loved the magic system. Thought it was original. There were some twists I saw coming, but others I did not expect. I cannot wait for book 2.
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Let me give credit where it’s due – I applaud Ms Blake for what she was trying to do, she’s throwing out and trying to incorporate some huge concepts and ideas into a unique story but unfortunately, I wasn’t convinced by her execution.
I tend to enjoy reading about morally grey characters, but I didn’t root for or gravitate towards anyone in particular in this book, and neither was I invested in the numerous Dramione reinterpretations, I mean character relationships or dynamics, varied as they were. The traits which made the characters intriguing at the beginning were downplayed when they talked and acted like edgy teenagers. Now, I like my fair share of edgy teenage characters but this novel presents itself as a much more eloquent story with mature characters. I know a certain level of pretentiousness is to be expected in a dark academia novel but my god, the navel-gazing, philosophical musings and vague remarks about the mysteries of life, reality, desire, time and space grated on my nerves. I didn't feel like they were incorporated smoothly at all because they ended up coming off as grand but hollow statements. Over the top, bloated dialogue in which characters answer questions with another question tended to either lead nowhere and reveal very little, be exposition heavy or, most frequently, unsuccessfully attempt to heighten tension and create emotions between characters where I felt none.
I was also frustrated and confused by the very vague and yet oddly specific science based magic system which had no rules for the reader to follow and was conveniently utilised as the plot required it. It all somehow manages to make the book too underdeveloped and overdeveloped at the same time.
Another problem I had is that for a story set in a sinister, academic setting, this novel completely lacked any tangible atmosphere associated with the trope and I think that can be mainly blamed on the shallow characterisation, lack of high stakes and the baffling magic system.
There is an interesting twist at the end but by then it was too late to keep me hooked. As my enjoyment of this book continually dwindled down, I will most likely not continue with the series.
Hopefully I’ll have better luck with Olivie’s other books which sound unique and promising enough to make me want to give them a go, even though I ended up mostly disliking this one.
I tried to get into the book, but the character progression was horrible.
Not being able to be drawn to any of them was a difficult thing to accomplish.
Then it just seems the author wrote the book and (viewers of the friends series will know) "went Joey" on the book meaning they used a thesaurus on every other word. Unnecessary.
Just had to stop near midway.
Each to their own but don't get behind the hype.
Okay, it's only February but I have been chasing that 5 stars read for what feels like AGES; I've read some great 4 stars and 'this was almost perfect but something pissed me off' vibes.
This is a weird way to start reviewing a fave book...but I feel like it could be quite easy to dislike this story? The air of pretentiousness and themes of studying magic, science and Big Deep Questions set up the potential for a LOT of eye-rolling and skim-reading. Had it not been for the author's sheer amount of PASSION and joy for storytelling and evident love of all these characters. They've clearly lived inside their heads for a while and the way emotions and motives are translated onto the page is kinda insanely creative and thought-provoking.
The story itself gave me The Magicians/Six of Crow vibes; it's adult, queer af, and cleverly magical in a mundane, powerful way.
Anyway. I loved this. Obviously. I'd rec it to anyone who wants to vibe with a bunch of characters way smarter and cooler and scarier than they are.