Book Review – Distortion by Victor Dixen

distortionAfter 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…

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I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I was looking forward to Distortion, having quite enjoyed Ascension. Sadly, I found it a little disappointing, and somewhat seriously considered not finishing it. I did enjoy the concept still, but the characters felt all over the place emotionally. They were often quite melodramatic, and the writing wasn’t great on those parts. I did wonder however if it was perhaps the translation in places.

The story for the mars crew didn’t quite progress as much as I’d have liked, but I did like it. Still a bit heteronormative, but an interesting concept. I don’t love that it’s all a bit forced, and I think we may see that not everyone is happy with pairing off in the next book! But we’ll see I guess.

Serena is my main complaint about the book – her scenes were over the top and exaggerated. She’s a caricature of a villain in every way. And Andrew and Harmony weren’t much better in places, if less villainous.

I think I will probably not continue with the series, which is a shame, as the concept is fun and I always like an evil company doing wrong. But I’m not sure that’s enough to keep me going.

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Buy Distortion from Amazon UK (associate link)

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