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15 August 2018

Book Review: Ascension by Victor Dixen

I don't know what I expected when I first picked up Ascension by Victor Dixen, but I do know that I was utterly blown away by it. I loved how it explored relationships under pressure, under public scrutiny, the reactions of the public. And how it explored space.

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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.

Source: Giveaway

5 Words: Friendship, space, family, secrets, lies.

This book really surprised me. I had seen it referred to as Love Island in space and that was an interesting enough hook to spur me into entering the giveaway. Then once I picked it up, I was as captivated as the audience, I couldn't get enough of LĂ©onor. And that ending left me desperately wanting more.

Ascension is a fantastic examination of the greed of humanity, the fascination with reality TV, the power of passion, and the crush of impostor syndrome. It picks apart society's perceptions of beauty, it goes under the surface to scrutinise what people are at their core. And it does it all amazingly.

The story is addictive and fast paced. I could not put it down and I wanted it to be longer, it really is a page-turner. It did take me a little while to get used to the writing style - the story is very much driven by the interactions between the characters rather than the plot itself. I know this won't be for everyone, but for me it fitted the story perfectly.


  1. I felt the same way! I hadn't seen the 'Love Island' in space comment beforehand (because I might not have read it if I had) but I came to the exact same conclusion while reading it except I loved this book! I cannot wait for the sequel! (p.s. it's available to request on NetGalley)

  2. Sounds like an interesting book.

  3. I've never even heard of this book, but it sounds pretty interesting! Not sure I'll be reading it soon - I have too many unread books sitting on my shelves I am finally trying to read. And I need to get through my NetGalley books too... But it's definitely going on my TBR.

  4. I loved this book, it was amazing! I'm glad you enjoyed the read!

  5. Great review. I didn't buy this as I am not very in to hard Sci-Fi but it actually sounds really good. I like the reality show aspect.

  6. I hadn't heard of this book before but it sounds fascinating! Great post :)

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  7. I love the cover, it's got punch. Sounds like a book, I'd enjoy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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