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Summary

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake is the runaway TikTok must-listen fantasy novel of the year. If you loved Ninth House and A Deadly Education, you’ll love this.

Originally a self-published sensation, this edition has been fully edited and revised.

Secrets. Betrayal. Seduction.

Welcome to the Alexandrian Society.

When the world’s best magicians are offered an extraordinary opportunity, saying yes is easy. Each could join the secretive Alexandrian Society, whose custodians guard lost knowledge from ancient civilizations. Their members enjoy a lifetime of power and prestige. Yet each decade, only six practitioners are invited - to fill five places.

Contenders Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona are inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds. Parisa Kamali is a telepath who sees the mind’s deepest secrets. Reina Mori is a naturalist who can perceive and understand the flow of life itself. And Callum Nova is an empath who can manipulate the desires of others. Finally there’s Tristan Caine, whose powers mystify even himself.

Following recruitment by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they travel to the Society’s London headquarters. Here, each must study and innovate within esoteric subject areas. And if they can prove themselves, over the course of a year, they’ll survive. Most of them.

The story continues in The Atlas Paradox, the heart-stopping sequel.

©2022 Olivie Blake (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Multiple narrators does not work at all

In this instance the multiple narrators makes the story disjointed, there is no flow to the narration it is just too start stop to get any true enjoyment. It does not flow the way a radio play would, it plays like they had the different characters come in on different days to read their parts rather than act out the conversations together.

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Not sure

There’s a lot of hype around this and I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t just read a lot of books with deeply built and complexly structures worlds. The narrators are all alright, Libby’s is by far and away the best performance and Tristan’s the worst, but overall they’re disjointed and jarring. The story is interesting but the world is under built and under explained and the plot is slow.

Overall definitely greater than the sun of its parts, enjoyable on the whole but if you look closely at any one part it falls apart … having said that, for what it’s worth I don’t doubt I’ll read the sequel when it comes out, but I don’t think I’ll be recommending it to many people if that makes sense

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meh

felt like most of the story was meh at best and the narration depended on the narrator, some better than others

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Unsatisfactory and tedious.

It started fairly well but by the middle of it started dragging just like the girl voicing Parisa. It didn’t end on a high either and I will not by interested to find what happens in the sequel. Another hyped title that fails to deliver.

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Incredible Story!

Very well told! I particularly enjoyed the usage of multiple narrators to symbolise each character's thiughts and stories. Great plot, with lots of wonderful twists! I've already pre-ordered the sequel - can't wait!

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All talk very little action

There’s an attempt for 3 dimensional characters but in all honesty it’s thrown away by the fact that this is just a book about 6+ people trying to have sex with each other, with the magic stuff and any character backstory being basically low level background noise.

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Magic only gets you so far

The idea is intriguing and it starts well with exceptional magicians invited to a secret society. I felt however that far too much was just interplay between the contestants which seemed to me to add little to the story; and not enough action. It certainly picked up again towards the end but overall for me each new magical power thrown into the mix removed all narrative tension as anything was potentially doable. Good performance, won't bother with the sequel.

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Pretentious dark academia sorely needs an Editor

Many good ideas here none of which are properly expanded. The book is too pleased with itself to cut out the chaff or actually put events into motion meaning most of it is philosophical twaddle into the poor imagination and over fetishisation of actual academia that is synonymous with the Dark Academia genre. Characters spend too much time thinking and very little actually doing such that the stakes that are supposedly at stake simply don't manifest in a meaningful way. The lack of a proper Editor really shows: ultimately this book needed another ten minutes in the oven before being greenlit.

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Narrators kinda ruin the story

The narrator for Callum is just horrible. Half the time I couldn’t understand and had to replay just to try and catch what he was saying.
Too many narrators with no common accent for any character. Couldn’t finish it.

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The premise of this story really appealed to me but I couldn’t help but find everything about this audiobook slow and labored. The six narrators varied so much, the characters never seemed to ‘gel’ together in anyway (even those who were linked / allied) and they were all pretty horrid as people/medians. I left this four hours from the end and just googled the ending as I found I honestly didn’t care how we got there, but wanted to know where it was all going as it had been so slow. I won’t return for the follow up.

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  • 16-04-22

Painfully artless, begs actual editing

This should be titled "Her Next Mister" or something equally trite. It is overlong, repetitive, and reads like a fourteen-year old quoting filler episodes of a high school drama. Simply put, it is poorly written and shoddily edited.

The premise is interesting: A group of six must sacrifice one of their number to gain admittance to a secret society. Sadly, the story consists almost exclusively of stilted dialogue: either childish "will they/won't they" exchanges or puerile sexual advances that make the characters sound like they've never had an actual adult conversation. I suppose this is less conspicuous to someone consuming this chapter by chapter, week by week. Hence, shame on the editor.

There is virtually no magic in this book. This would not be problem, except that it is part of the central conceit of the plot. Then again, in this book, virtually nothing happens. The entire story boils down to: There is a cast of laughably generic characters, who are occasionally in the same room, and the evil masterminds are tangentially related to them. The evil mastermind is bad, the other is not. That is all that happens.

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  • Bill
  • 01-04-22

Best fantasy book I ever read

Just wow! the use of words... the thought going into every phrase.... the writing in itself is just magical. and... the narrators are brilliant too. well done. I applaud you