Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: March 1, 2022
The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…
– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.
The best, and only, way to describe The Atlas Six is pretentious. I’m at a loss trying to understand what I missed in a novel with no character development and almost no plot that made so many people rate it so favourably.
Everything about The Atlas Six is surface level. The novel tries to deep, but fails spectacularly as the characters’ are conversations about time, thought, magic, and more ultimate amount to nothing.
The characters never develop past who they were when they were first introduced. I was immediately drawn to Nico and Libby because of their use of magic and dynamic, but that quickly faded when I realized they were just as much of assholes as the rest of the characters. By the end of the novel, Libby was irritating. Every time she spoke I wanted to throw the book at the wall.
At the beginning of the novel, I thought the writing style was fitting for the story. However, by the middle it got annoying with how overly flowerily and complicated it was for no reason considering the discussions the characters had all remained surface level. Blake must have wrote the novel with a thesaurus on hand because wow.
I skimmed the final few chapters because I couldn’t be bothered. Was the reveal at the end interesting? Probably, but I didn’t care enough to examine it further nor do I care to see how the story develops.
Overall, The Atlas Six is disappointing in almost every aspect. From its writing style to character development, The Atlas Six tries to be a deep philosophical novel but fails to deliver on all fronts.
Have you read The Atlas Six? What did you think?