Book Review- Ascension

Thursday, 6 September 2018
Title: Ascension
Author: Victor Dixen
Published: 28th June 2018
Pages: 496
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Series: Phobos #1

Rating: 5/5 stars

'This thrilling space odyssey will keep you turning pages late into the night.'C. J. Daugherty, author of NIGHT SCHOOL
Six girls, six boys. Each in the two separate bays of a single spaceship. They have six minutes each week to seduce and to make their choices, under the unblinking eye of the on-board cameras. They are the contenders in the Genesis programme, the world's craziest speed-dating show ever, aimed at creating the first human colony on Mars.
Leonor, an 18 year old orphan, is one of the chosen ones. She has signed up for glory.She has signed up for love.She has signed up for a one-way ticket.Even if the dream turns to a nightmare, it is too late for regrets. -Goodreads

I received a physical copy of this novel from Hot Key Books in return for an honest review.
I took this novel with me while I went on holiday because I knew I would have at least one full day alone to fill with reading, and I wanted to choose something that would keep me engrossed. I'm so glad I chose this book because it filled those criteria perfectly.
This book is just amazing, it is a perfect space YA novel, with great characters, action, intrigue and a sprinkling of romance. It's a clever premise for a YA novel, especially given the increasing popularity of tv shows such as Love Island. 
The characters in this novel are great. Our main character is Leonor, a fiery French girl with amazing ginger hair (which I obviously love!) She's wonderfully written, she's flawed, and at times really frustrating, but still so likeable, and I rooted for her the whole way through the novel. I really enjoyed following her story and having the story focus on her.
Ascension is the first novel in a trilogy that was first published in Dutch, and is being published in the UK by Hot Key Books. The next novel is published in October, and I am eagerly anticipating its release! 
Dixen has done a great job of describing and expanding the setting of the novel. I love space novels, and one of my favourite parts of these novels is the world-building and all the information about space we are given. Dixen doesn't disappoint in this regard, and he does a nice job of balancing this informative style with the reality tv aspect of the plot.
The plot is cleverly written, there is a big twist which the reader is aware of from very early in the novel, but which our main characters are not privy to until the very end. This style of narrative increases the jeopardy, we know, and we are desperate for the character to figure out what we know!
Overall I absolutely adored this novel. It's a wonderful YA sci-fi with break-neck pacing and great characters. If you loved Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, I think you'll like this novel too!

Happy reading!


  1. Fantastic review!
    I absolutely loved Ascension and I can't wait for Distortion because that ENDING.
    Cora |

    1. Thank you! It's so good, I need to know what happens next so badly!!!


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