The Atlas Six, Olivia Blake

A black cover sketched with white. There is an eye with a sword through it and a concentric circle spiraling around it

I have mixed feelings about The Atlas Six. I enjoyed the varying magical abilities as they carried such possibilities. I think once explored, they could open many doorways. However, a lot of the text was tedious for me. I didn’t mind the varying points of view, but sometimes I just wanted to skim over chunks of text that didn’t move the story forward. Sometimes text was vague for the sole purpose of being vague and convoluted.

The characters, even Libby, who was endlessly frustrating, were well-written. However, Libby is supposed to be extremely powerful, and you never see it, which is disappointing. I feel like there’s a lot of potential with where book two can go, and I’m hoping it actually goes there because Atlas Six took me almost two weeks to read, which is unheard of for me. I had such high hopes for this, so I definitely will read The Atlas Paradox because I feel the material and possibility are there but just need exploring.

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About the Book

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.

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