Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Review: THE ATLAS SIX by Olivie Blake


Rating: 4/5 stars

The Atlas Six is a slow-paced philosophical character study of six elite magicians who join the secret Alexandrian Society to study magic, but only five will be granted membership in the end. And the sixth . . . well, they will be sacrificed. 

This book is told from six points of view: 
Parisa: Telepath; can read thoughts. 
Callum: Empath; can read and manipulate emotions.
Tristan: Can see through illusions.
Reina: Naturalist; can perceive the flow of life in plants.
Libby: Physicist; can bend matter to her will; has control over physical objects.
Nico: Physicist; has control over physical objects. 

Olivie Blake is incredible at writing characters. Each of the magicians, plus all the other characters present, felt real and distinct from one another. Everyone was flawed. I can't even pick a favorite because everyone was both likable and unlikable (except Callum, who was entirely unlikable). Although if I had to choose the best one, I'd pick Libby. 

This story didn't feel like it really had any plot, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The beginning takes its time introducing us to each of the characters as they are recruited to come study at the society, and then the rest of the book is the six of them learning magic, reading ancient texts, honing their skills, and having philosophical discussions. It was academic and interesting in a way where being slow-paced really worked for this story. And the ending was one of those endings that makes you reevaluate the entire story, which I loved. 

I've been meaning to read The Atlas Six for many months, and I'm so glad I finally got around to picking it up. I really enjoyed it, and I even got my husband to read it with me too. I'm happy to know that the second book is coming out in less than six months so I don't have to wait very long to find out what happens next! 

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