Book Reviews

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake

I love finding a good fantasy series. There are so many out there that people talk about on social media, so it’s fun to find a new one. I was so intrigued by The Atlas Six and its concept, so it only made logical sense to continue the series with The Atlas Paradox.

The Story

The Atlas Paradox is the long-awaited sequel to Olivie Blake’s New York Times bestselling dark academic sensation The Atlas Six ―guaranteed to have even more yearning, backstabbing, betrayal, and chaos.

Six magicians were presented with the opportunity of a lifetime.
Five are now members of the Society.
Two paths lie before them.

All must pick a side.

Alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and The Society of Alexandrians will be revealed for what it a secret society with raw, world-changing power, headed by a man whose plans to change life as we know it are already under way.

“The Atlas Six introduced six of the most devious, talented, and flawed characters to ever find themselves in a magical library, and then sets them against one another in a series of stunning betrayals and reversals. As much a delicious contest of wit, will, and passion as it is of magic…half mystery, half puzzle, and wholly a delight.”― New York Times bestselling author Holly Black

My Thoughts

Confession: I have a serious complex about feeling the need to finish a book series. I don’t like loose ends, so I want to know how the author strategized getting readers to the end of this pre-“purchased” series of books.

It is because of this that I am so sad there’s another book coming out after The Atlas Paradox. This series as a concept had such incredible promise, and it just didn’t land.

I’ve been working my way through some older television shows. (Mostly all those CW superhero shows.) In so many of them, it reaches a point where there are just too many characters or character turnover that it isn’t a show anymore. That’s what The Atlas Paradox felt like.

We already had perspectives from 6+ people in the first book. Now, we take those perspectives and a few of them are in different locations, meaning it’s almost an entirely different story that we’re having to track.

The thing that kills me the most about the book is how pretentious it is. It’s all these people whining about philosophy and research and…it just doesn’t make sense! It’s like that person in a group of people who always needs to feel smarter than everyone else…but they’re all like that.

It took me a while to get through The Atlas Paradox. In fact, I even had to put it down at one point and come back to it a couple months later. Truthfully, I don’t know that I would recommend it, and I’ll probably wait to get the final book from the library so I don’t have to buy it.

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