Nyxia. Scott Reintgen. Young Adult/Sci-fi. 2017. 384 pages. 4 stars.
Untold riches await, whether you crave a space adventure, yearn to compete against worthy competitors who will hone your skills to a sharp edge, or seek a connection with people you’ll never forget. Shall we begin this journey together?
I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.
Nyxia is a sci-fi book with a plot revolving around ten teenagers who are recruited to mine a precious mineral from a distant planet, Eden, and given a chance at riches they never dreamed of having. The catch is, only eight out of the ten will be chosen through a series of trials. The two with the lowest score will still receive a sum of money, but nowhere near what was promised to the chosen eight.
I was hooked from page one. Nyxia is original, unique, and easy to read despite the scientific essence of the plot. I’ve always been hesitant to pick up a sci-fi book because the writing of the story is very crucial to its success. With Nyxia, I had no problem understanding what was going on. I file that under G for Great Writing.
I was already sold on the writing, but holy hell, the cast of characters is insane–in the best way possible. Representation, representation, representation! We follow a main character who is black, and his competitors are from all over Earth. We have characters from Kenya, Brazil, Switzerland, Holland, Palestine, Japan, and many more. Not only do they bring their nationality, we also see glimpses of their culture all throughout the book! Each character has woven its way to my heart that I couldn’t bear the idea of losing two of them in the story. I file that under R for Representation.
Now let’s talk about the plot. It felt like reading a mix of The Hunger Games and Divergent. While I’m not too crazy about the aforementioned books, this one managed to pull it off. I was looking forward to every challenge they had to face. I was holding my breath whenever I read the scoreboard. And even outside of the competition, we get to see the human side behind every character. It might be a competition, but in those moments where they sit down, eat together, and develop friendships, I can easily forget that these people are fighting for what can essentially change their–and their families’–lives for the better. I file that under L for Love.
Overall, I had a great experience reading this book and cannot wait to pick up the sequel. I have high hopes that it’ll be even better than book 1! I’m filing this under F for Favorites and Four Stars.
Nyxia will be released on 12 September 2017.