Book review: Distortion + competition

By Victor Dixen
Translated from the French by Daniel Hahn
Published by Hot Key Books

Synopsis: Six girls, six boys: looking for glory and romance on Mars 

They thought they were masters of their destiny.
They are the twelve pioneers of the Genesis programme.
They thought they were taking part in the most extraordinary of missions.
In fact, they are the victims of the cruellest of plots.

Leonor was looking for glory - and love - on Mars.
She thought she would be able to open her heart there.
But what she has done is open up a Pandora's box of her past…


How did this book end up in my hands? I won this book in a giveaway. Afterwards, having made it quite clear online that I had adored the first book in the Phobos trilogy, Ascension, I was also approached by the publisher to join the blog tour.

Was it a page-turner? I was apprehensive that the second book might have lost the momentum that had started in Ascension but I needn’t have feared. It is as gripping as the first book in the trilogy – if not more.

Having read the synopsis, did the book meet my expectations? My expectations came from having loved Ascension. I must say that the synopsis is rather vague.

Did I like the ending? [no spoilers] What a cliff-hanger! Distortion ended with a twist that I didn’t see coming… and now I have to wait months to know what happens next. It’s torture!

Three words to describe it. Gripping. Romantic. Futuristic.

Do I like the cover? I do – and if you’d like to know more about it, here’s a Q&A with its designer.

Have I read any other books by the same author? I have only read the first book in the Phobos trilogy, which I reviewed here, and I am impatient to hold the third book in my hands.

Will I be recommending this book? This series is phenomenal and I would highly recommend it to fans of this genre but not exclusively. I, for one, am an exception as this is out of my usual reading comfort zone.

Anything else? Yes! If you haven't already entered the competition, you have a few days left. Click here to find out more!

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