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Publisher's Summary

The much-acclaimed BookTok sensation from Olivie Blake, The Atlas Six is now newly revised, edited with additional content, and available on audio for the first time.

  • The tag #theatlassix already has millions of views on TikTok
  • A dark academic debut fantasy with an established cult following that reads like The Secret History meets The Umbrella Academy.
  • The first in an explosive trilogy
     

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. 

©2022 Olivie Blake (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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I kept listening out of spite

Pretty much all the characters POVs were so insufferable. Nearly every single one was “I’m so smart and superior. Look at all these fools”. Also, the whole book just felt like the author trying to prove that they’re smart. It was supremely annoying. I did like the different perspectives. that aspect was done well.

It took so long to get to the point. It was also boring. There was sooo much theory that the author discusses and it gets really repetitive. Some of the mental gymnastics feel like it’s written in a way to wear the reader down into just going with the prompt.

The voices were a mix. Abby, Callum, Parisa, and Reina’s voice were ok and seemed to match enough to their personality. Nico, and Tristan’s voice were not it. I especially didn’t like Nico’s voice because he is supposed to be Puerto Rican 20-something and was voiced by a very white 30-something so it was hard to actually picture True Nico with the voice being so off. Tristan’s voice was too whiny sounding.

I kept listening because I wasted a credit on it. Not worth it imo. I really wanted it to be my dark academia love but it was not even close.

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The horniest hogwarts with the most horrible people

There is a really smart, interesting world being built in this book, but it is absolutely buried underneath gratuitous, endless, highschool-level horniness. The characters are all insufferable, and inconsistent. I wanted to like Parisa so much but she was written as completely one dimensional. However! If you’re looking for some academic-themed erotica interspersed by occasional plot then this is 100% the book for you.

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Absolutely awful

I can’t believe I fell for the five-star reviews. This is rubbish (unlikeable characters and no story to speak of).

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No plot

The story doesn’t go anywhere. There is no plot. Very boring. The beginning promised a lot, but it failed to deliver. Too pretentious just for the sake of being pretentious. flat characters. And over all very disappointing.

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DNF - 4 Hours In

I rarely write reviews - but my feelings about this are really more about disappointment which is why I want to add my opinion to the list.

What I liked; the characters are very individual and diverse. Different backgrounds and personalities and interesting interactions with their powers. The plot of the story ALMOST kept me reading. It is very very interesting, so if you like a good world or plot and can overlook my complaints, you may actually find this quite enjoyable.
The performance of the cast was very good.

What I didn't like/Why I DNF;
The first and foremost is that if a book is going to be YA thats totally fine with me. But I went into this expecting an adult fantasy - which to mean means a level of depth or maturity to characters rather than an age. This very much had YA vibes with sex to make it adult category. A lot of the characters were shallow in their views of each other in a way that didn't feel like it was intentional character choice. And the issues that some of these characters had in their lives seemed so.. petty? minimal?

I took issue with two characters in general. One, in particular, I didn't like the way that she used sex or desire to manipulate people. It left me feeling uncomfortable in a couple spaces, the way she assumed that sex or the idea of sex with her would be enough to get what she wanted from people.

Another character, which I didn't enjoy, was continued to be discussed as "having done something bad" but both characters involved with held the information even from the reader. Each discusses how they felt about what happened, and you can even see it affecting them, but neither gives the reader even a hint at what it is. I find this incredibly frustrating considering I couldn't deciper the level of severity from just two interactions.

My petty grievance; everything kept being described as "very British" or "very European" and I don't understand what that means. It felt very lazy and frustrating.


Ultimately, I'm not a professional reviewer - just a casual reader. Sometimes, I will WANT to keep reading a book for the plot or for characters but just have to give up because I can't stand or tolerate certain choices in the story telling. This was one of those cases. I can see the promise and potential, and even can understand why some people rated it so highly.
Unfortunately though, for me, it's a 2 star DNF. :(
I will be willing and interested in trying this authors future books! Maybe these characters just aren't for me.

Hope this helps you make a decision! Happy reading

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wish i could give zero stars. didnt even finish.

as others have stated, there was virtually no story, just a series of conversations that were mostly one person complaining about another, or thinking about sleeping with the other. and none of the characters were interesting enough for me to care.

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The story lost me in the first 45 minutes.

The narrator laid out very good history and potential for the story to come but the subsequent bickering between the two characters at the graduation really turned me off. On the plus side, the voice acting was top-notch I'd like to hear them more.

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If Divergent and Harry Potter Had a Baby

...not in a good way though. I usually love dark academia-style books so I thought I would love this when it was recommended to be with those themes. For me it missed the mark. It's extremely YA in the worst sort of way. Each character's chapter feels like the author is trying to prove exactly how smart they are rather than demonstrating and letting the reader come to understand that intelligence. Each of the characters are also so self-obsessed and lacked awareness in a lot of ways so they came off immature teenagers. Maybe all that was intentional but it just wasn't for me. Also if you were recommended this book from academia tiktok, I would pass.

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Slow build but a great story

Building the world of a book this complex takes time. It may seem slow ant some points but there is a lot of characters and getting to know them, really know them is key. This was an epic read. I cannot believe it took me this long to get to it. Thanks to the narrators that brought it to life. You guys are amazing. Highly recommend

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An abstract & beautiful mix of narrative and magic

I really loved this story. The intricate narrative components added an extra flair to get peice that you don't see in a lot of Dark Acadimia

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