Blake has hit with unlikeable characters


Danielle Shumar, staff writer

The Atlas Six is a fantasy novel written by Olivie Blake, told from the perspectives of six different magical teenagers fighting for a spot in a secret, competitive society.

The Alexandrian Society is a secretive yet powerful society for people with magical talents, and only five of the young characters can gain entrance. As the book shifts between different perspectives, one player must be decided upon to be eliminated from the running.

The six young magicians are ambitious and competitive and will do whatever it takes to earn their spot in society. The six characters — Libby, Nico, Parisa, Tristan, Callum, and Reina — are all well-developed and interesting to read about.

However, what makes the book especially intriguing is the fact that none of the characters are particularly likable. Normally, this would turn me away from a book, but it works well in this story. Everyone has their flaws, and it’s very prominent throughout the novel.

As the book develops, one of the characters learns something shocking, and as more of the characters find out, the story progresses quickly. This turning point really keeps the reader engaged as it adds some extra flare right when it’s needed.

Olivie Blake has produced yet another well-written and interesting novel with this. Blake is the author of other popular books including Alone With You in the Ether, which is another one of my personal favorites.

The Atlas Six got such amazing feedback that it is now part of a trilogy, with a sequel called The Atlas Paradox that was released in 2022. The third book, The Atlas Complex, is currently in the works and will be released in 2024. The expectations for both of these books are high following the success of the first book.

I highly recommend The Atlas Six to anyone looking for a mystery with a hint of romance and fantasy. In addition to the magical elements, it is also very character based. The characters are developed almost in a way that they would be in a coming-of-age story. This book is very well-rounded for a variety of different readers.