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PHOBOS BOOK 1

 

The first in a heartstopping, high-octane new space series

 

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.

 

Published by Hot Key Books


"This thrilling space odyssey will keep you turning pages late into the night."

̶  C.J. DAUGHERTY, bestselling author of the Night School series

"Phobos gave me the perfect escape I've been ravenous for. Each page took me further into the stars on a daring and romantic journey to Mars. This book is my new obsession!"

̶  MEGAN SHEPHERD, bestselling author of The Madman’s Daughter

"Explosive and cinematic, this book has it all — high-stakes secrets, slippery lies, and budding romance, all set against the most gorgeous backdrop of stars. It's a dating game reality show like none other in the galaxy!"

̶  KAYLA OLSON, bestselling author of The Sandcastle Empire

Bloggers talk about ASCENSION...

queen of geekdom

It reads like a brilliant Sci-fi blockbuster. There are many threads in play and they change your perspective like a rubrics cube, waiting to be solved. It makes for such a consumable, compulsive read. I just wish I knew enough French to read the other books in the series.

The bookgag

Kudos to Dixen, he has definitely tried to make his world as believable and realistic as possible. The book is a compelling tale of love, lies, friendship and secrecy set against a well-researched and believable near-future setting.

the whispering of the pages

I was intrigued by the idea of this book, but nothing prepared me for how good it really was. Whatever you expect from this book, I can guarantee it will surprise you in some way. It's so compelling with so many secrets that it's just impossible to put down. This is definitely going to book I'll remember for a long time.

READERS ENJOY AUTHORS DREAMS

I honestly loved this book and I think it is worth a read for anyone who enjoys science fiction books or anyone looking for a light-hearted read.

THE BECCA FOWELL

I absolutely loved the idea for this; speed-dating in space on a one-way ride to Mars, fighting for each other's affections over the other girls/guys - all whilst the whole world watches. I highly recommend this.

CHIKARU

The format was really effective at keeping me hooked! I liked how pieces of the puzzle were revealed a little at a time and how the pervasive sense of doom became harder and harder to ignore… I inhaled this practically in one sitting – it definitely keeps you reading to find out what happens! It deals with issues of self-worth, self-image and mental health, as well as the importance of forming your own opinion rather than following the crowd.

BOOKPHACE

The scientific descriptions sound suitably baffling yet authentic and the narrative flows along pulling its reader through its universe desperate to see what happens. It’s an easy, entertaining read that certainly made me wish I had the next volume ready and waiting!

KAE

A bomb of a novel, a trip to the stars, and a mega favorite.

DES LIVRES EN PAGAILLE

Each time I had to put it down to take care of my daughter, I only wanted to open it again – even if it meant giving the bottle to my baby while reading!

LA BOUQUINEUSE

PHOBOS is a seriously thrilling narrative, that totally engulfed me. I warmly recommend it to all science-fiction and YA readers.

FILLE DE LECTURE

PHOBOS: six million readers, six seconds to fall in love with it, an eternity for remembering it. A must-read!

MON PARADIS DES LIVRES

It is quite simple : you HAVE TO read it! Don’t do the mistake to overlook this extraordinary, fascinating book.

LITTLE A READ

This novel is as clever as it is fascinating.
 

LOU LIT LA

I fell in love with this book. Victor Dixen manages to turn up the heat from the very first pages. I can't wait for book 2!

DES MOTS SUR DES PAGES

So, what do I think about Phobos? It rocks! The recipe tastes damn good. It is a delightful read, the kind of story you would dream to see on the big screen on day...

LECTURES ET GOURMANDISES

You really live with the characters, and feel their crushes, their fears, their anxieties… Once you open the book, you can’t close it.

LES REINES DE LA NUIT

This book is an atomic bomb. I enjoyed it from the very first line to the very last. 

EXPLORALECTRICE

I can’t find the words to tell you how difficult it was for me to put the book down and try to sleep. A big favorite! 

PHEBUSA

This spatial thriller won me over. Come onboard the spaceship to Mars! 

VANOU VOUS LIVRE

This is a total success, a real crush, and I really hope it will be adapted into a movie. 

LES LECTURES DE TESS

A thrilling science-fiction novel, a very original plot, strong-willed characters. I just loved it!

LIRE UNE PASSION

This book will keep you breathless. 

BOOK EN STOCK

A game of make-believe, doubt and fear, masterfully orchestrated by Victor Dixen. To read in priority! 

ALTHEA'S BOOKS

Through this book, I discovered an author that combines a thorough knowledge of his subject, a magnificent style, and the ability to create larger-than-life characters.

Journalists talk about ASCENSION...

SFx MAGAZINE

Ever since Neil Armstrong first made his giant leap for mankind in 1969, the space race has been played out on television. Now in Ascension – the first volume in the Phobos series – Victor Dixen is taking it to the next, logical level, pairing up the 12 astronauts for a mission to Mars through a reality TV programme.

Morley ObservER

Love Island is a phenomenon which has taken over this country's pop culture. Now imagine if it was set in space! 

Canberra weekly

It is a captivating and sinister tale that contains a great story concept and a range of characters that the reader comes to care for. Fantastic and addictive reading.

METRONEWS

Victor Dixen creates a literary event with the first instalment in his new series: Phobos, meaning "fear" in Greek. This novel keeps the reader spellbound till the very last sentence.

LE TEMPS

Phobos is a striking novel that masterfully mixes science-fiction, thriller and romance. Victor Dixen delivers a truly immersive reading experience, and a highly addictive book.

LE QUOTIDIEN

In his sixth novel, this young author invite the readers to take part in a breathtaking space odyssey. Inside the pages of Phobos there are many dreams… and many nightmares. Let’s go to Mars!

GOLDSTAR

Both a space epic and a romantic comedy, Phobos is a thrilling book. We bet readers won’t be able to put it down until the very last page.

SCIENCE ET VIE JUNIOR

A zero-gravity story, exploring the destiny of mankind and the conquest of other worlds. This book will take you to the stars!

Booksellers and librarians talk about ASCENSION...

LE DIVAN (PARIS) 

This high-flying spatial thriller mixes sci-fi codes with an amazing talent, to create a never-told-before story that manages to surprise the reader page after page. A definite favorite, and a must-read. 

LES SANDALES D'EMPÉDOCLE (BESANÇON)

The return of a unique writer, whose novels always convince us!  

FNAC SUISSE

Come onboard the Phobos spaceship, and you will live an out-of-this-world experience. Victor Dixen offers us an innovative and addictive story!

FNAC METZ

This new science-fiction novel is bound to take the bookstores by storm. Speed-dating frenzy, mysterious murders, riveting space conquest: get prepared, for this book is a real firework!!!

LA GRIFFE NOIRE (SAINT-MAUR)

A breathtaking race against time. And when you think you finally get it, the author manages to surprise you again!

FURET DU NORD (LILLE)

Oh yes!!! Money, manipulation, love, trust: this novel will bring you very far, very fast!
 
 French edition (Robert Laffont)

French edition (Robert Laffont)

 Polish edition (Otwarte) 

Polish edition (Otwarte) 

 Dutch edition (Uitgeverij Q)

Dutch edition (Uitgeverij Q)