The Atlas Six Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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.
A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books.
Releases March 01 2022
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|Listening Length||12 hours|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 01 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #28,484 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,771 in Contemporary Fantasy (Books)
#2,958 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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I feel like I would have enjoyed this better if it was just one person’s pov, probably Libby’s. Unlike some books that do multiple povs well, this book felt like it was originally written in one persons pov but the author just stuck a different name at the beginning of each chapter to make it multiple povs. And part of the reason I felt like it would have been better if it was one persons pov was that all the characters were so mashed together. Everybody’s internal dialogue (which is what distinguishes one person from another) sounded the same, and even their external dialogue sounded very similar. The only time I was really interested in the characters was at the beginning (before they got together), because that was the only time the characters had individuality. Once they got together they started sounding and acting like the same person in different fonts. It seemed like the author had too many characters she couldn’t deal with. Some characters (especially Reina and Tristan) could have definitely gotten more attention.
This book had so much potential too. The idea sounded so interesting and the author is clearly a great writer but it definitely didn’t reach its full potential. There were many parts where I had to look at the blurb again to remind myself who had which power since they didn’t actually use their powers a lot, even though the book revolves around magic and their powers. They just talked about the powers they had, which is weird since this is marketed as a fantasy book but there was minimal fantasy in it. There was not a lot of romance but the romance we did get seemed unnecessary and there was no spark between characters that did have romantic relationships, soon enough I forgot who screwed who because everyone was screwing everyone. The only people who did have chemistry were Libby and Nico, and they didn’t get together. I don’t know what dynamic the author was going for with these two—maybe a close friendship?—but it was a wasted opportunity since their banter was so much fun. This book definitely had too many (unimportant) characters and not enough plot.
Three stars because it wasn’t horrible, it just felt underdeveloped. I don’t know if the second book is going to be about these same characters, but if it is, I hope we get more character development and development of the magic system.
Don’t go into this expecting ‘infodumps’. You will need to think through it, but when you’re done, you’ll understand.
By Kim on May 28, 2021
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Let me give credit where it’s due – I applaud Ms Blake for what she was trying to do, she’s throwing out and trying to incorporate some huge concepts and ideas into a unique story but unfortunately, I wasn’t convinced by her execution.
I tend to enjoy reading about morally grey characters, but I didn’t root for or gravitate towards anyone in particular in this book, and neither was I invested in the numerous Dramione reinterpretations, I mean character relationships or dynamics, varied as they were. The traits which made the characters intriguing at the beginning were downplayed when they talked and acted like edgy teenagers. Now, I like my fair share of edgy teenage characters but this novel presents itself as a much more eloquent story with mature characters. I know a certain level of pretentiousness is to be expected in a dark academia novel but my god, the navel-gazing, philosophical musings and vague remarks about the mysteries of life, reality, desire, time and space grated on my nerves. I didn't feel like they were incorporated smoothly at all because they ended up coming off as grand but hollow statements. Over the top, bloated dialogue in which characters answer questions with another question tended to either lead nowhere and reveal very little, be exposition heavy or, most frequently, unsuccessfully attempt to heighten tension and create emotions between characters where I felt none.
I was also frustrated and confused by the very vague and yet oddly specific science based magic system which had no rules for the reader to follow and was conveniently utilised as the plot required it. It all somehow manages to make the book too underdeveloped and overdeveloped at the same time.
Another problem I had is that for a story set in a sinister, academic setting, this novel completely lacked any tangible atmosphere associated with the trope and I think that can be mainly blamed on the shallow characterisation, lack of high stakes and the baffling magic system.
There is an interesting twist at the end but by then it was too late to keep me hooked. As my enjoyment of this book continually dwindled down, I will most likely not continue with the series.
Hopefully I’ll have better luck with Olivie’s other books which sound unique and promising enough to make me want to give them a go, even though I ended up mostly disliking this one.