NYXIA was such an awesome read! I should just say “GO READ THIS!’ but I want to tell you why I loved it so much first. This story has space, adventure, danger, a cool substance called nyxia, romance, alliances and betrayals. I have to admit I really love science fiction. I think up until reading this book, ENDER’S GAME was my favorite science fiction book of all time. I even read the whole follow up series (which dulled in comparison) just to spend more time with Ender. NYXIA is my new favorite science fiction.
NYXIA is something really unique. Emmett and his friends were hand chosen for a chance to be the first people to travel to the alien planet Eden. Emmett finds himself fighting with a team of nine other competitors in daily trials to be on top because the bottom two won’t be going to the planet. The technology is advanced beyond anything they have ever encountered and the company taking him there, Babel, isn’t telling them everything. Emmett and his team are working with a substance called Nyxia that can only be found on a planet called Eden. There they will work not only to mine Nyxia, but they will encounter an alien race that reveres children above all else.
Emmett, our hero, comes from a poor family. His mother is battling cancer and his father works two jobs just to support the family. Emmett’s mother stands at the end of a long list for new kidney. The company, Babel, offers Emmett the chance to travel to Eden, offers to pay him an enormous sum of money so he will be rich when he returns to earth, and offers to take care of his mother’s health problems by giving her the best medical care. It’s an offer Emmett could not refuse, but everything As Emmett gets to know his teammates, he finds he is not the only one poor or desperate enough to put everything into the competition.
All of the characters in this story bring their own flavor to the competition. Emmett may be poor, but he has a solid family backing him up. I loved how he uses gems of wisdom from his family to morally navigate through the competition.
“When you look back, it won’t be mercy you regret.”
They is also a diverse cast from different parts of the world and different strengths. Babel supplies the diverse cast for the competition with masks that allow them to be hear in a common language. It doesn’t sound plausible, but it works in this story.
My favorite characters from this story were many but two really stand out for me. Kaya (Emmett’s roommate)- a girl from Japan who is brilliant when it comes to strategy. She makes Emmett an early alliance and shows Emmett how everyone there is broken. I really loved her. Bilal– a Palestinian boy who always sees the good in everything. His smile and enthusiasm bring Emmett up so many times when he gets down. I wanted so much for Bilal and Kaya. I am just going to leave it at that.
The substance Nyxia bares mentioning here. Nyxia is such a huge part of the story and it is also so fucking brilliant. Nyxia is this substance that can transform into almost anything with just a thought. It is also the main reason why Babel wants to get their hands on more of it. Of course, wielding it takes practice which is part of the competition.
This story was so well written. It was fast paced with a lot of emphasis on the competition. Details are expertly woven into the story so that it felt like I was right there. I could see and feel every detail Emmett encountered in his journey. The whole story takes place on a spaceship in route to Eden. It was fun exploring the ship and trying to uncover the secrets of Babel while in the middle of this race for points.
I tried really hard to think of something negative about this book, and the only thing that came up for me was the sort of rushed romance that appears at the end of the story. I am sure it will develop nicely in the next book. We didn’t even get to the actually planet but that didn’t even bother me. This story stayed with my long after I read the last page. It gave me a book hangover in the best kind of way. I will file this under E for Excellent. This has been my favorite read so far this year.
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Series: The Nyxia Triad #1
Published by Random House Children's Books on September 12th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Social Themes, Friendship
eARC provided by Random House Children's
"A high-octane thriller . . . Nyxia grabs you from the first line and never lets go." --Marie Lu,#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Young Elites series
Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they're willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune. 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. Forever. 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.