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Released: March 1, 2022
Genre: Sci Fi
Series: The Atlas #1
Published by Tor Books
I was first drawn to The Atlas Six by the blurb: secret society, magicians, competition, dark academia… I was in. And I wasn’t disappointed. The pace is a bit slow sometimes, but the plot is gripping, characters-focused, and intense, and the characters are intriguing, well-written, and well-developed, although not always very likable.
Every ten years, six people are chosen to attend the Alexandrian society and discover its secrets. The six people chosen are talented magicians, the best of the best. For one year, they live together inside the society where they study and research, but they can’t tell anyone outside of the society where they are or what they are doing. At the end of the one-year period, they will have to choose one of them to eliminate. The remaining five will have power, wealth, and prestige.
Atlas Blakely is the curator of the Alexandrian society and he’s chosen six unique magicians. Nico de Varona and Libby Rhodes have been rivals all through college and they both have the power to manipulate the elements. While Nico is witty, charming, and easy-going, Libby is more sensitive and direct and eager to fit in the society. Reina Mori is a naturalist and she is a character that remains a bit of mystery. She keeps mostly to herself, apart from training with Nico, so I look forward to reading more about her in the next book. Parisa Kamali is a telepath, she can read people’s minds and she uses her power to her advantage. She is a character with many layers and I honestly haven’t decided yet if I like her or not. Tristan Caine can see illusions. He’s left behind a life of promised wealth and betrayal to enter the society, but he’s struggling and he’s not sure about his role in it. Callum Nova is an empath, meaning he can manipulate people’s emotions which he has no trouble doing. So far, he is the character that I like less because I don’t trust him, but I think and hope there is more to him than what we have read so far.
The six of them are supposed to work together as a team, but alliances and loyalties are formed and switched because, in the end, one of them will have to be eliminated. The story is told from each character’s point of view so we know that each of them is keeping secrets from the others and has their own reason to attend the Alexandrian society, beside the promise of prestige and power.
The story ends with a cliffhanger and lots of suspense so I am really looking forward to reading the sequel, The Atlas Paradox, to see what happens next.
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