E-Book, 383 Pages
By: Olivie Blake
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“The world was mostly entropy and chaos; magic, then, was order, because it was control.”
The Atlas Six has been getting much attention lately and I only heard about it from a friend and then suddenly started seeing it everywhere. Apparently the success of this book comes to TikTok because it got a lot of marketing from there. I thought that it was the author’s debut but I am very wrong as Blake has a lot of books under her belt!
In this world, the Library of Alexandria is not lost but rather hidden and sic of the people with the best magical abilities are given the opportunity to initiate and gain wealth and power, the problem is that only five can be initiated so they have to compete between themselves and one must be eliminated.
This is a book with a magical school setting mixed with dark academia so it can be a bit of a niche. The book has a great start when we are introduced to the characters and their abilities and how they are recruited. The book loses its direction a bit after that because it has its ups and downs until it picks up again toward the end.
It is an adult book since the characters are adults and it deals with adult subjects but sometimes I felt the book was trying hard and it felt a bit YA-ish or New adult. The characters are unique but they are pretentious sometimes (Kind of reminds me of Sally Rooney’s characters) and I kept confusing between Callum and Tristan. Writing multiple POVs is quite hard so I can cut the author some slack. I have to applaud the including of characters illustrations which made them easier to imagine and I wish more authors did that!
The magic system is both confusing and interesting at the same time, I mean for the most part it was not hard to follow each power individually but sometimes it tried to become more complicated or magics integrated together and then it would be confusing.
“The problem with knowledge, is its inexhaustible craving. the more of it you have, the less you feel you know”
The plot is strongest at the beginning and ending, in the middle it becomes kind of redundant and predictable and I think a bit too long. There should have been more focus on fleshing out the characters and giving more explanations rather than doing that at the last chapter.
Summary: The Atlas Six is a good book that certainly has potential. I enjoyed the beginning and the ending the most and felt it fell down a bit in the middle. The writing is good, the characters are unique but sometimes their actions felt forced and they were pretentious. I do believe book two will be better so I will probably read it when it comes out!