Wednesday 17 April 2024

Book Review: The Atlas Complex (Atlas #3) by Olivie Blake (Fantasy)

The Atlas Complex (The Atlas #3)
Olivie Blake
Pan Macmillan
9 January 2024
Borrowed from the Library

Only the extraordinary are chosen. Only the cunning survive.

An explosive return to the library leaves the six Alexandrians vulnerable to the lethal terms of their recruitment.

Old alliances quickly fracture as the initiates take opposing strategies as to how to deal with the deadly bargain they have so far failed to uphold. Those who remain with the archives wrestle with the ethics of their astronomical abilities; elsewhere, an unlikely pair partner to influence politics on a global stage.

And still the outside world mobilizes to destroy them ― while the Caretaker himself, Atlas Blakely, may yet succeed with a plan foreseen to have world-ending stakes. It’s a race to survive as the six Society recruits are faced with the question of what they're willing to betray for limitless power ― and who will be destroyed along the way.


The Atlas Six I loved. The Atlas Paradox was a bit of a let down, but still okay. How I hoped The Atlas Complex would see me finding that early love again. But unfortunately it didn't. It would be simplest to say this series started well but then became a train wreck. Book one got a little philosophical, but it set up many interesting characters and there was still plenty of action to keep things moving along. But through most of book two and all of this third installment, all action seemed to disappear and it was nothing but endless talking and thinking, often the same ideas presented multiple times through the different POVs. I was bored from start to finish and only persisted because I don't like to give up on books and I kept hoping a final twist would save things. Some of the dialogue was witty, but that was the only saving grace, and overall I just felt that it was a shame a series with such a promising start derailed so badly. I can only give this book 2.5 stars. I hope the author's next offering sees her back on form again.

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