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The Atlas Six had me confused but intrigued – I still can’t be sure whether I loved it or hated it – and The Atlas Paradox left me a little more on the bored/disappointed side of things (until that ending). So I wasn’t as excited to pick up Alone With You in the Ether as I could have been. Nevertheless, I placed a hold, dutifully picked it up from the library, and then put off reading it for as long as I could. Of course, once I finally picked it up, I stayed up until 2 am, unable to put it down.
Similar to The Atlas Six, so many parts lie right on the border of love and hate. Is Aldo a genius or just a convoluted asshole? Is Regan lonely and bored or delusional and manic? Did Blake write a thoughtful and touching romance that is inclusive of mental illness or a misleading and dangerous manifesto that is anti-therapy and anti-medication? (Just a note – I would highly recommend reading Blake’s acknowledgments at the end for anyone concerned about this. I have to admit that I was torn between the absolute perfection of the ending and feeling a bit uncertain about Blake’s intentions regarding Regan’s narrative. The acknowledgements went a long way to putting my mind at ease. I’ve complained about books involving mental illness which set dangerous precedents for ‘fixing yourself’ or ignoring medical advice. It was a relief not to have to do that here.)
While there were moments that I wanted to skim because Aldo or Regan were too caught up in their cerebral nonsense, there were also moments that broke through with such absolute sincerity it took my breath away. And every interaction between Aldo and Masso is worth rereading immediately because the love between them is so strong and apparent it makes you feel warm and cozy and happy to be alive.
I can easily see how some readers will come down on the hate/dislike side at the end of Alone With You in the Ether. If you’re not in the mood to read about two privileged adults playing games while they ‘logic’ their way through a relationship, making it so much more complicated than it would ever need to be, you’re really not going to be happy with this book. Alone With You in the Ether actually reminded me a lot of Sally Rooney’s writing which I know can also be controversial; egotistical college-aged adults who overthink everything, have a lot of overly intellectual conversations, nothing much really happens, and there’s a slightly problematic undertone. But if you’re like me, and you’ve read a few too many cookie-cutter romance novels lately (and you’re a massive fan of Rooney’s writing), you might end up on the love side. Because if there’s one thing that can be said about Blake and whatever genre she’s writing, it most certainly won’t be what you’re expecting.
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