Hello! I’m reviving the feast on your tbr bookclub that I ran before the world got weird.
For September I wanted something to give me those autumn vibes – and what better than some dark academia. So I’ve chosen The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake.
It’s been on my radar for most of the year, and is supposed to have some great rep, and a delve into the problems the genre usually inhibits. It’s also a blend of science and magic, which always seems to be favourite kind! Excited doesn’t cover it.
The Alexandrian Society, caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity, are the foremost secret society of magical academicians in the world. Those who earn a place among the Alexandrians will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams, and each decade, only the six most uniquely talented magicians are selected to be considered for initiation.
Enter the latest round of six: Libby Rhodes and Nico de Varona, unwilling halves of an unfathomable whole, who exert uncanny control over every element of physicality. Reina Mori, a naturalist, who can intuit the language of life itself. Parisa Kamali, a telepath who can traverse the depths of the subconscious, navigating worlds inside the human mind. Callum Nova, an empath easily mistaken for a manipulative illusionist, who can influence the intimate workings of a person’s inner self. Finally, there is Tristan Caine, who can see through illusions to a new structure of reality—an ability so rare that neither he nor his peers can fully grasp its implications.
When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they will have one year to qualify for initiation, during which time they will be permitted preliminary access to the Society’s archives and judged based on their contributions to various subjects of impossibility: time and space, luck and thought, life and death. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. The six potential initiates will fight to survive the next year of their lives, and if they can prove themselves to be the best among their rivals, most of them will.
Most of them.
about the club
feast on your tbr is hosted by myself (@thebookwormsfeast) on instagram as a group chat
it’s a super laid back group read over the course of a month – with a discussion set for the end of the month unless we all finish beforehand (in which case it’ll get bumped up)
Let me know if you’d like to take part! There is also a goodreads group, which I’d like to start getting up and running this time, which you can join. Depending on interest, I may even make a cheeky discord server as instagram chats have a pretty small limit.
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