Distortion Blog Tour | Book Review and Giveaway!!

Saturday, 1 December 2018


Thanks so much to Ellen and Hot Key Books for allowing me to be a part of this tour!

Title: Distortion
Author: Victor Dixen
Published: 18th October 2018
Pages: 576
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Series: Phobos #2

Rating: 5/5

After a speed-dating show that is literally out of this world, twelve young astronauts are set to become the first humans to colonise Mars. They are also the victims of the cruellest of plots.
Léonor thought she was a pioneer on an extraordinary mission. She thought she had left all regrets behind her on Earth. But when memories are this painful, there can be no forgetting . . -Goodreads
Review:
I was so excited when I saw an email pop up in my inbox with the subject 'Victor Dixen blog tour', I read and adored Ascension earlier this summer, and I have been desperate to read the sequel! You can read my review of Ascension here. 
Ascension was left on such a cliff-hanger and this book picks up right where Ascension ended, with Leo having to come to terms with her dramatic discovery and break it to the rest of the crew. The pace doesn't slow down at all, the novel is just as breath-taking and it's searing pace makes this book almost impossible to put down. I read it in just a few hours!
I love the idea of this series, I described Ascension as Love Island in space, and although the speed-dating element has lessened slightly in this novel, it's still an important part of this novel. The author has continued the quirky plot but he has developed it, it is much more than that by book 2. 
The characters are brilliant, Leo is one of the best protagonists I have read in YA in a long time, and I don't just say that as a fellow ginger!! It's impossible not to root for Leo, she's so kind and caring yet so brave and so intelligent too. She really wanted this trip to Mars to be her happily ever after, and she seems so close at times, and yet so far at others. 
The whole group of characters are so well developed, both the group in space and the other characters (both the allies to the Mars team, and those working against them). Dixen allows every character time to grow and develop and builds a multi-dimensional character. They all make informed and in-character choices and I can't wait to read more about them all. 
The author makes use of a split narrative to tell the story, we get the contestants' points of view, Serena's perspective and a number of other characters which I won't reveal just in case it spoils the story. Even with these split narratives, Dixen never repeats information from other POVs and this helps to keep the plot flying along so quickly.
This novel is just as good as Ascension. It's action-packed and fast-paced and just as well written. If you're looking for a good action-packed YA novel this series is a great choice.

Many thanks again to Hot Key Books.

If you would like to win copies of Ascension and Distortion head over to my Twitter where I'm hosting a giveaway, thanks to Hot Key Books!! Check out the competition here

1 comment:

  1. Excellent review!
    I love how fast paced this series is, I'm addicted to it haha.
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