Monday 24 October 2022

Book Review: The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake (Fantasy)

Title: The Atlas Paradox (The Atlas #2)
Author: Olivie Blake
Publisher: Tor
Publication Date: 25 October 2022
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Source: ARC from Publisher

The Atlas Paradox is the long-awaited sequel to dark academic sensation The Atlas Six—guaranteed to have even more yearning, backstabbing, betrayal, and chaos.

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?”


In some ways, The Atlas Paradox is a difficult book to comment on, at least taken in its own right, since it suffers very much from second-book syndrome. I really enjoyed book one and was geared up for more of the same, but this second volume was a bit of a meandering mess. There was endless dialogue, but with so many things pondered and introduced that nothing was explained in enough detail to make it feel relevant. There was also a distinct lack of action through most of the 400 pages, with the story not far advanced from its starting point by the end. However, it's not unusual for there to be a slight dip in quality in a second book before the author makes a roaring return in the third and final volume, and that is what I'm hoping for here. Overall, I am giving this book 3.5 stars. It wasn't dreadful, and there were moments I enjoyed, but it lacked the punch of book one and felt directionless at times. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a improvement in book three.

I received this book as a free ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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