Book Review: The Atlas Paradox

“Destiny is a choice…”

Olivie Blake ~ The Atlas Paradox

Synopsis

Six magicians. Two rivalries. One researcher. And a man who can walk through dreams.

All must pick a side: do they wish to preserve the world—or destroy it? In this electric sequel to the viral sensation, The Atlas Six, the society of Alexandrians is revealed for what it is: 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.

But the cost of knowledge is steep, and as the price of power demands each character choose a side, which alliances will hold and which will see their enmity deepen?

Review

I absolutely loved The Atlas Six and was very excited for the sequel. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t as good. It felt like such a filler book, before the third and final book in the series. Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it, but compared to its predecessor it was mediocre at best: it’s lacking in substance, slightly repetitive and very slow.

Although it is very much a character driven book, I still feel there is a lot more to learn about each of them and each of them seemed to lose energy and appeal throughout this one. Libby and Parisa are still my favourites and seeing Libby’s (eventual) transformation was good – it’s just a shame that very little happened for the first half of the book. It also seemed that the other characters were left dormant, while the focus was on Libby. Even the initiation was quite a let down and I was hoping for more of the magic and excitement that wed had in Six.

That said, it is still a clever and well-written book, that explores history, language and power. However, I would suggest that some of the explanatory text goes into footnotes to avoid readers feeling patronised.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thanks to Black Crow PR, Book Break and Tor Books for my proof copy. Opinions my own.

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