Ascension by Victor Dixen
It’s a speed dating show hosted in Space, twelve participants are on a one way mission to Mars. Their mission is simple: couple up and prepare to populate Mars.
But all is not fair in love & war, and everyone is determines to keep their secrets close to their chests.
A dream-like romance might turn into a hellish nightmare, but with only a one way ticket it’s far too late for regrets.
This series, Phobos was originally written in French Victor Dixen. The first novel has been translated in to English by Daniel Hahn.
That’s all I can say at the moment, this book has left me a little bit speechless. The drama, the mystery, the intrigue, the secrets, suspicions and lies, there’s so much of all of these things hidden away in the sci-fi romance.
I was expecting a clichê love story set in the stars, but this book is so much more than that.
This novel is split between three POVs, our main POV belongs to Léonor who is one of the twelve participants on board the Cupido. Alongside her ship mates she volunteered to take on this mission but all is not what it seems and Léonor has her own rules which she is determined to play by.
Another POV on this story is by Serena McBee, who is possibly the entire brains behind this speed dating phenomenon. Although we learn a lot about Serena’s personality, there are also loose ends and untouched mysteries. I’m intrigued to find out more about this ruthless character in the sequel.
And our last POV belongs to a very mysterious character who has his own agenda throughout the novel, he’s determined to discover the secrets behind the Genesis program and won’t let anybody stop him. His journey is incomplete at the end of the book which makes me suspect he will be contributing his POV in the sequel also.
Ascension had a slightly slow start with but steadily picked up the pace until I was racing to the end to discover the answers. The book ends on a cliffhanger which has left me reeling, I’m thankful that the sequel Distortion is published next month as I’m desperate to read more about the twelve astronauts and how they will react to the startling truths they’re about to discover.
I received a copy of this book by the publishers, this had no effect on my ranking or review.