Friday, September 30, 2022

Review: ALONE WITH YOU IN THE ETHER by Olivie Blake


Rating: 4/5 stars

Olivie Blake has a way of writing characters and character interactions that make you feel like you intimately know each person on the page. If you like character-driven stories then this is the book for you. 

The writing style here is a little different from what I’ve seen before. It’s very stream-of-consciousness. I had a hard time when I first started the book because it took some time getting used to, but then I couldn’t stop reading. 

The subtitle on the cover is “a love story” but this book isn’t a traditional romance. It’s about Regan, an artist with a criminal background, and Aldo, a theoretical mathematician doctorate student, who get to know each other over the course of a promise of six conversations. Regan already has a boyfriend and Aldo is awkward and weird, but they connect and keep talking and learning about each other. 

This is kind of a weird story, but I really enjoyed it. I know it was self-published originally and then picked up by Tor, and I read the new traditionally published version so I can’t say how it compares to the original version, if anything changed at all. I’m glad Olivie Blake is getting attention and her stories are being published because I think she’s a good author, and she writes some of the best character-driven stories I’ve read. 

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