Hello everyone, it’s my birthday and so, I think it’s pretty much the best day to talk about my favourite book of all time: The Atlas Six. If you’ve been around for a time, you’ve probably already heard quite a bit about it but finally, I have here my review for the book! I don’t think I could ever accurately capture how much I loved the book but I’ve tried my best so let’s go!
I also have a lot of other content related to The Atlas Six so make sure to check that out if reviews aren’t really your thing because I’m sure the character aesthetic, journal spread and interview will convince you!
The Atlas Six
By Olivie Blake
Age Group: Adult
Trigger Warnings: psychological trauma, blood, death of a parent, mass-shooting (in a place of religious practices), death of a loved one (off-page), drug use, anxiety, kidnapping, suicide and suicidal thoughts, emotional/mental abuse, manipulation, blood, gambling, cheating, degenerative disease, incest, sacrifice
The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity, are the foremost secret society of magical academicians in the world. Those who earn a place among the Alexandrians will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams, and each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation.
Enter the latest round of six: Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona, unwilling halves of an unfathomable whole, who exert uncanny control over every element of physicality. Reina Mori, a naturalist, who can intuit the language of life itself. Parisa Kamali, a telepath who can traverse the depths of the subconscious, navigating worlds inside the human mind. Callum Nova, an empath easily mistaken for a manipulative illusionist, who can influence the intimate workings of a person’s inner self. Finally, there is Tristan Caine, who can see through illusions to a new structure of reality—an ability so rare that neither he nor his peers can fully grasp its implications.
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they will have one year to qualify for initiation, during which time they will be permitted preliminary access to the Society’s archives and judged based on their contributions to various subjects of impossibility: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. The six potential initiates will fight to survive the next year of their lives, and if they can prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, most of them will.
Most of them.
The Atlas Six is a beautifully written dark academia book that follows 6 people who are chosen to be a part of the initiation group for the Alexandrian Society. I loved the pacing of the book and how we were gradually introduced to each character one by one and learnt a bit about them, allowing me to fall in love with them right away.
All the characters are so different and I loved how easy it was to differentiate between their points of views. I definitely have my favourites and ones I don’t like as much, but the good thing is that there’s a character among the six that will appeal to you no matter what type of characters you like. However, they are all very intriguing and appealing and I loved learning more about them.
I also loved the interactions between them because of how distinct they were and it was so much fun to see the different dynamics that evolved among them. The relationships between them were quite open ended and leave us wondering how things will develop. I really appreciate how everyone can be shipped with almost everyone else and I can’t wait to see how things go in future books.
“they were binary stars, trapped in each other’s gravitational field and
easily diminished without the other’s opposing force”
I also loved how well developed the characters were. We get to see a lot of their past, their current motivations and what they want for their future. They all have their power in common, but otherwise they couldn’t be more different and I loved how Olivie explored that by showing us so much of who they are and how they came to be that person.
Another thing I enjoyed was the juxtaposition the characters presented between who they were and who they should be as their powers would dictate. It is physically powerful characters like Libby who are usually intent on destroying the world and empaths like Callum who would help others and save it, but the situation couldn’t be more different here and I loved the dynamics it made for.
“we are empty and trying to fill, lighting ourselves on fire just to prove that we are normal—
that we are ordinary. That we, like anything, can burn”
Moving onto the plot and the worldbuilding, I liked how things were slowly revealed to us allowing us to drink it all in and not be too overwhelmed. I adored how there was a lot of foreshadowing for future events (which tbh I only noticed the second time around) but also enough of a shock when plot twists were revealed to leave me stunned and curious to see how things would go. There isn’t much of a plot per se as it is mostly a character driven book but it nicely complements everything happening and gives it a base.
The soft magic system was just an extension of physics and I like how it was explored in the book as the characters learn more of their own powers and do some experiments with it. It was a tad confusing at times but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
The wiring was riveting and had me enthralled from the beginning. I couldn’t help but underline so much of it because of how well it was written! It was definitely a little ornate and that is not everyone’s thing but if you like writing with a lot of philosophical musings and streams of consciousness, you will definitely enjoy this!
There were a lot of twists and turns and secrets, as is expected in dark academia that left me a little breathless. Especially that ending with so much happening and us wondering how things will proceed in the next book.
“Knowledge is carnage. You can’t have it without sacrifice.”
I was captivated by the writing, the plot blew my mind, the vibes were immaculate and most importantly, the characters were well developed and will stay in my heart forever. I highly recommend this book and can not wait for the sequel to release!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexene Farol Follmuth, also known under the pen name Olivie Blake, is a lover and writer of stories, many of which involve the fantastic, the paranormal, or the supernatural, but not always. More often, her works revolve around the collective experience, what it means to be human (or not), and the endlessly interesting complexities of life and love.
Have you read the Atlas Six? What did you think of it? If you haven’t, are you planning to read it?