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The Atlas Six ARC Review

The Atlas Six

Author: Olivie Blake

Pages: 384 pages

Genre: Fantasy

Published: 3rd March 2022

Rating: 4.5 Stars


The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake is the runaway TikTok must-read 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, including gorgeous new illustrations.

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.

My Review:

Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After seeing this book trending on TikTok, I knew I had to request it to see what the hype was about. It was so good!

I haven’t read many dark academia books, but this one had me hooked. I don’t even know how to sum up my thoughts and feelings of this book. It’s told from the pov of the 6 main characters: Libby, Nico, Tristan, Reina, Parisa, and Callum. This did mean it was hard to keep track of each person’s goals at some points. It was interesting to see directly into their heads, however, there were still quite a few twists I never saw coming.

The Atlas Six was described as six magicians competing to fill five places in the Alexandrain Society. But so much more was going on. There were multiple different schemes and various characters formed several different alliances. throughout the book.

‘He had made no attempts to stop himself, and there was no recovering from what he now understood he craved.
Which was, quite unfortunately, Elizabeth fucking Rhodes.’

I was immediately attached to Nico and Libby and was rooting for them throughout. They both have the same power, but without each other, they don’t push themselves and feel incomplete. Tristan grew on me and by the end I loved him. I feel like I still want to learn more about Parisa and Reina, and hopefully I can do that in the sequel! Callum is a dark horse and probably my least favourite, but we’ll see what happens next! Pretty much all of these characters are obsessed with each other and I can’t wait for this development in the sequel.

‘The day you are not a fire is the day the earth will fall still for me.’

There were times I was confused but I eventually understood what was going on. Overall, this was a good read and it’s definitely deserving of all the hype. What did you think of this one?

Keep reading,
Georgia x

2 thoughts on “The Atlas Six ARC Review”

  1. GAH this quote is still stuck in my head: ‘The day you are not a fire is the day the earth will fall still for me.’ Great review! I finished TAS a couple days ago — I loved it, too!

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