The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy


“Darkly funny and glitteringly satirical, The Atmospherians unforgettably takes aim at wokeness, wellness, and toxic masculinity.” —Esquire

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“What do you do when a horde of wrong-headed men protest your continued existence outside your apartment? If you’re Sasha Marcus, you start a cult.

Sasha is a fallen influencer who never accepted sponsorships, a true believer in love and “wellness,” whatever that might have meant to her subscribers. Abandoned by her online and real life communities, she starts a cult to rehab toxic men with her one remaining friend, Dyson. If this sounds like an ill-conceived plan, that’s because it is – but not for all the reasons we’d assume.

Full of snark, varyingly terrible people, and a critique of the wellness industry and self-absorption, THE ATMOSPHERIANS is a biting cult satire as absurd as it is captivating.”


Sasha Marcus was once the epitome of contemporary success: an internet sensation, social media darling, and a creator of a high-profile wellness brand for women. But a confrontation with an abusive troll has taken a horrifying turn, and now she’s at rock bottom: canceled and doxxed online, isolated in her apartment while men’s rights protestors rage outside.

Sasha confides in her oldest childhood friend, Dyson—a failed actor with a history of body issues—who hatches a plan for her to restore her reputation by becoming the face of his new business venture, The Atmosphere: a rehabilitation community for men. Based in an abandoned summer camp and billed as a workshop for job training, it is actually a rigorous program designed to rid men of their toxic masculinity. Sasha has little choice but to accept. But what horrors await her as the resident female leader of a crew of washed up, desperate men? And what exactly does Dyson want?

Explosive, dazzling, and wickedly funny, The Atmospherians is “a book written with this exact cultural moment in mind” (Oprah Daily).

The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy