I will be reading book 3 of this series, because I need a resolution, but I was hopelessly disappointed with this sequel to THE ATLAS SIX; a book I adored and was so excited for. Unfortunately, THE ATLAS PARADOX hugely missed the mark for me, and I’m hoping that the magic spark from the first book returns to finish out this series.
Thanks to Tor for the eARC of this book. It has not affected my honest review.
About the book:
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 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. The question is—can our cast of charismatic and long-suffering characters put their lust and rivalry aside to stop him before it’s too late?
What did I think?
I was deeply disappointed by this book. I’m gonna get that out of the way immediately. It wasn’t terrible, but after how much I adored THE ATLAS SIX I was so disappointed. The sequel syndrome was real in this one. I also expected this to be a duology, and found out about sixty percent in that there was going to be another book. It took me about 70% into this book to get invested in it, and the last 30% was fantastic up until it hit a cliffhanger. If I hadn’t adored THE ATLAS SIX, I definitely would have DNF’d THE ATLAS PARADOX. The whole way through, I could just really tell that the first book was a viral sensation. It sounds harsh, but this book felt like it was very very intelligent but it wasn’t backed up by the content itself. I think if we had more plot and less philosophical musing then I would have enjoyed this more, but it felt a lot like I was in a university lecture that I did not sign up for. I was frustrated more than anything else, and I wish the whole book could have had the energy of the last thirty percent.
Belen was an interesting character and I liked her introduction, as well as the sections where Libby was trapped in the past and making the best of it. But that was the only character relationships I could enjoy. I was frustrated that all of the characters were driven apart and lost faith in each other, when we had finally started to see them becoming a cohesive group. Ultimately, this book was too convoluted and lost that spark that ATLAS SIX had that made it so loveable. I’m going to read book three though and hope and pray that it finds that energy again, because I miss it something awful.
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Release Date: 25th October 2022