An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A Vulture Best Fantasy Novel of 2022
A Goodreads Best Fantasy Choice Award Nominee
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
Each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to earn a place in the Alexandrian Society, the foremost secret society in the world. The chosen will secure a life of power and prestige beyond their wildest dreams.
But at what cost?
Each of the six newest recruits has their reasons for accepting the Society’s elusive invitation. Even if it means growing closer than they could have imagined to their most dangerous enemies— or risking unforgivable betrayal from their most trusted allies— they will fight tooth and nail for the right to join the ranks of the Alexandrians.
Even if it means they won’t all survive the year.
Also by Olivie Blake
The Atlas Paradox
Alone With You in the Ether
One For My Enemy
Masters of Death
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This melodramatic, series-opening magical school tale from Blake (The Answer You Are Looking for Is Yes) eschews action adventure for more cerebral, emotional beats. It begins as six young medeians, the most magically adept members of the populace, are initiated into the Alexandrian Society, the secretive body that alone has access to the reborn Library of Alexandria and all mystical knowledge therein. Each initiate has a skill set: Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona, long-standing rivals from their college days, are both physicists, practitioners of elemental magic; Reina Mori is a naturalist; Parisa Kamali is a powerful telepath while Callum Nova is her equal as an empath; and Tristan Caine has the power to see through illusions. Over the course of one year, they study in the Society's mansion headquarters, learning more about magic and each other, all while knowing that at the end, they must choose to eliminate one of their number. Little happens for much of the book outside of the shifting social interactions of these privileged and often smug or neurotic characters. It's not until the final twist that things pick up, a villain is revealed, and the stakes are set for the rest of the series. Die-hard lovers of the dark academia aesthetic will enjoy this, but others likely won't have the patience.
This book receives 4.5 stars from me!
I’ll say this - I loved the characters. I was shocked to see so many people give this book lower ratings, when it is one of the better books about magicians and secret societies. Though in this book, they don’t call them magicians, they are meridians. I think that some rated the book lower because the author would sometimes use words that most of us would not know. An example of this? The word Defenestrate… which means to throw someone out of a window. When looking the word up, I realized that most people probably didn’t know this word because it said that it was rare, and in a one year period, it had been used less than 75 times on the Internet on general searches or something. It was obvious that the author may have been filling the book up with difficult words, because she had said something along the lines of - “I’m going to Defenestrate you out of the window!” Clearly the author didn’t actually know that word ahead of time, because she didn’t use it the correct way in a sentence. Instead of saying, “I’m going to Defenestrate you out of the window!” She should have said “I’ll Defenestrate you!” The definition literally means to throw someone out of the window, so it’s weird to say basically - I’ll throw you out the window out the window! Doesn’t make sense. So I guess in some ways, people felt intimidated by the bigger words, and therefore felt it was pretentious.
Regardless, I did love the book and I feel like I’m going to go buy the second in the series before I pick up another book off my shelf.
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At first I was skeptical because everyone basically said how it was a bad book and how it was disappointing, etc. I wouldn’t listen to that at all. It was an amazing book, although it was a slow burn with lots of emphasis placed on world building and developing a relationship with the characters. There was some character development and we get to see how they change over time, but what stuck out to me is the relationship between the reader and the characters. You start to feel like you’re part of the story after awhile, and get involved with possible scenarios and asking questions on which one of them you can really trust. She did a beautiful job of building the foundation for this series, so that we understand all of the inner-workings before getting into everything else. The next book is definitely going to be where a lot goes down. Overall 8.5/10.
This book was the perfect blend of science fiction and drama and it gives Harry Potter vibes in some parts. Loved it!