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The Atlas Six: 1 Paperback – 30 January 2020
- Publisher : Independently published (30 January 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 383 pages
- ISBN-10 : 167991099X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1679910999
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.44 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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?
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.
By Mitchell Grima on 16 June 2021
By Caitlin on 17 October 2021
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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.