How are we all today? I’m good. At least I am at the moment of writing this, I am doing this in advance so I don’t forget all my opinions on things and such. Plus I have more free time now than I will in a couple of days. But anyway, long story short I am good and I hope you are too. If you’ve seen my January Wrap Up then you will know just how much I loved this book, so it’s highly likely this will be very rambly because I am overcome with emotion.
Title: Ascension (Phobos #1)
Author: Victor Dixen
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 28th June 2018
Summary: 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.
If you are an avid reader of my blog you will know this basically sounds like my dream book. Teens, romance, action, space. Everything I love. The major plot twist is nicely teased over the first few chapters and is revealed relatively early on in relation to a books normal big reveal but I love that it was different to the norm. It still held extreme amounts of tension and drama despite knowing what is to come.
I think the blurb is a perfect description of the books main features: space and romance. The blurb promises both without revealing too much or too little.
DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THAT GODDAMNED CLIFFHANGER!! I WAS SOBBING UNCONTROLLABLY AND I NEEDED MORE!!!!
Writing Style: I thought this was very well-written. It very accurately displayed the thoughts/ambition of teenagers which I loved because it is a huge peeve of mine when authors portray teenagers as stupid and reckless and stereotypical teeny if that makes sense. (I know teenagers can be those things, but they aren’t always)
I really enjoyed the way in which the chapters were written eg. Shot, Reverse Shot etc. because you got a variety of POV’s, even that of what was being shown of TV which I really liked. And the distribution ratios of these different POV’s throughout the book was also done really well so that you never got bored of a plot line and switched at points of interest as to keep you reading.
I was even more shocked by the writing when I found out that this was originally written in French and then translated into English. The translation is lovely and there is nothing that feels lost or unexplained because of the change which I know is a difficult feat to achieve. So incredible kudos to Daniel Hahn for translating the English Edition.
Characters/Relationships: Relationships are a key element to this book, almost more so than a normal novel because of the fact a defining feature is that none of the characters knows each other and to survive and decide they must get to know each other.
I really liked Leo. She was a little crazy but just the right amount of crazy to strongly relate, even though her situation is so unbelievable.
I generally loved all 12 of the competitors.
Without spoiling anything, Leo narrows it down to two guys. And there is one guy I REALLY REALLY REALLY want her with. But I have a gut feeling she’s going to end up with the other one which makes me sad.
One element I adored about the characters was that they all had a flaw. Not necessarily a flaw by other people’s standards but in their own eyes it’s an issue and they are all struggling to keep it a secret. This adds not only depth to the plot but to each character because despite them seemingly leaving all their troubles behind on earth, there are some things they can’t leave behind. Without spoiling also there is a scene with Tao and Fangfang near the beginning that made me cry because it was so real and believable and I just felt so sorry for them because they were so unaware and yet completely aware which I know makes no sense but WHEN you read it you will understand.
I can’t wait to read the next one because I am at the stage where I can’t avoid it any longer, despite my attempts to wait until the third one is out so that I don’t have to wait after another excruciating cliff-hanger. YOU NEED TO READ THIS IF YOU LIKE Sci-fi/ROMANCE. 5/5 stars. Can’t recommend enough.
See you tomorrow 🙂