Book Review | Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake

Thank you to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake (author of The Atlas Six) is an incredibly clever, brutally honest love story between two, slightly eccentric, highly intelligent individuals with diagnosed mood disorders.

“Chicago, sometime. Two people meet in the armory of 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. After their meeting, those things do not change.
Everything else, however, is slightly different.”

Aldo and Regan become unexpectedly entangled in each other’s lives and it’s beautiful, sensual and messy. I adored how raw and vulnerable both characters were and how they contradicted each other whilst also fitting together perfectly like missing pieces of a puzzle. They were very dislikeable in some ways and ultimately endearing in others. I adored them both in very different ways.

I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan of the structure of this book. The stage directions, the odd mixture of narrators, the sudden lack of dialogue and the random thought tangents made the book feel disjointed. It was a clever way to depict each character’s inner turmoil and intrusive thoughts, however, I felt like it ruined the flow of the story.

Nevertheless, I found Alone With You in the Ether breathtakingly romantic and confusingly beautiful. It’s a challenging and thought-provoking read that will stay with me for a very long time.

Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake will be released on November 29, 2023 and is available to pre-order HERE.