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Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake
This book wasn’t on my radar until a couple of months ago for several reasons. First, THE ATLAS PARADOX recently released, so I wasn’t expecting to see another book by this author hit the shelves so soon. And it appears to be an acquisition rerelease by Tor rather than a brand new novel. (If I’m incorrect, let me know!) I also haven’t been checking NetGalley as frequently. So, if this book was on there, I missed it. Then I kept seeing fantasy book boxes declare their own special editions for this book, which piqued my interest.
I loved the writing style and atmosphere of THE ATLAS SIX. And I kept taking peaks at ALONE WITH YOU IN THE ETHER when in Target. Cue a good sale and I finally decided to buy it. (The special editions look pretty, but I don’t really want to pay the overseas shipping costs for a non-subscription SE.) I’m not far along, but so far I’m not disappointed with the writing. It’s beautiful and intentional. There’s more than an air of philosophy at the beginning, which reminds me of THE ATLAS SIX. I’m oddly excited about this book even though it seems like it might be sad. I’m not sure why I think that, but I’ll find out soon enough!
About the Book
Author: Olivie Blake
Age Category: Adult
Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: November 29, 2022
Print Length: 288
From Olivie Blake, the New York Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six, comes an intimate and contemporary study of time, space, and the nature of love. Alone with You in the Ether explores what it means to be unwell, and how to face the fractures of yourself and still love as if you’re not broken.
Two people meet in the Art Institute by chance. Prior to their encounter, he is a doctoral student who manages his destructive thoughts with compulsive calculations about time travel; she is a bipolar counterfeit artist, undergoing court-ordered psychotherapy. By the end of the story, these things will still be true. But this is not a story about endings.
For Regan, people are predictable and tedious, including and perhaps especially herself. She copes with the dreariness of existence by living impulsively, imagining a new, alternate timeline being created in the wake of every rash decision.
To Aldo, the world feels disturbingly chaotic. He gets through his days by erecting a wall of routine: a backbeat of rules and formulas that keep him going. Without them, the entire framework of his existence would collapse.
For Regan and Aldo, life has been a matter of resigning themselves to the blueprints of inevitability–until the two meet. Could six conversations with a stranger be the variable that shakes up the entire simulation?