ARC Review – Ascension by Nichols Binge

Happy Thursday!! It’s a dreary, rainy day and I absolutely wish I was reading instead of working. This kind of weather is my absolute favorite for reading days. Alas, adulting is a must so I can buy more books.

I am super excited to share my review of Ascension by Nicholas Binge. I finished it last weekend and absolutely loved it! It is definitely a book that I will continue to think about for years to come. A lot like Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

Genre: Speculative Thriller / Science Fiction

Release Date: April 25, 2023


A mind-bending speculative thriller in which the sudden appearance of a mountain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean leads a group of scientists to a series of jaw-dropping revelations that challenge the notion of what it means to be human

An enormous snow-covered mountain has appeared in the Pacific Ocean. No one knows when exactly it showed up, precisely how big it might be, or how to explain its existence. When Harold Tunmore is contacted by a shadowy organization to help investigate, he has no idea what he is getting into as he and his team set out for the mountain.

The higher Harold’s team ascends, the less things make sense. Time moves differently, turning minutes into hours, and hours into days. Amid the whipping cold of higher elevation, the climbers’ limbs numb and memories of their lives before the mountain begin to fade. Paranoia quickly turns to violence among the crew, and slithering, ancient creatures pursue them in the snow. Still, as the dangers increase, the mystery of the mountain compels them to its peak, where they are certain they will find their answers. Have they stumbled upon the greatest scientific discovery known to man or the seeds of their own demise?

Framed by the discovery of Harold Tunmore’s unsent letters to his family and the chilling and provocative story they tell, Ascension considers the limitations of science and faith and examines both the beautiful and the unsettling sides of human nature.

My Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ascension is a tale of one man’s journey on a scientific expedition to a mountain that has mysteriously appeared in the middle of an ocean. Sent with a team of fellow renowned scientists in their own specialized fields, provided with the bare minimum of details, they are tasked to find out what the previous team discovered that led to the deaths of all but two, and the madness of one.

This story is told in letters to the main characters niece, and has a touch of an unreliable narrator as we feel as if we’re descending into madness as the story progresses. I absolutely loved the science portion of the plot, specifically the use of the Tesseract. The plot was quick paced, full of action, and an unputdownable read! A lot like Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, I find myself unable to stop thinking about this story even days after finishing.

Thank you to all who read this review. Hopefully I’ve intrigued a few to grab this for a read once it releases. Hope you have a fantastic day!

Positive Vibes & Happy Reading!!

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