Book: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Series: The Nyxia Triad #1
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Date Published: September 12th, 2017
Date Started: August 30th, 2017
Date Finished: September 4th, 2017
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.
Wow. When I first heard of Nyxia, I wasn’t too sure about it. I’m always nervous about new to me authors to begin with. But the premise sounded really interesting to me, and I am so glad that I decided to pick up this book. I fell in love with it and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series. This book truly blew me away and I couldn’t put it down.
Stories set in space have been becoming increasingly popular over the last few years, and I’ve read a handful of them. But I truly believe that Nyxia is a true hidden gem in the genre. Throughout the book, Emmet and his fellow recruits have a common goal- fighting for a spot to reach Eden, where the Nyxia material is located. The entire time is spent fighting and preparing for Eden. There are so many ups and downs not only in the plot, but within the characters themselves. There is a lot of character development, and this was one of my favorite parts of the book. The characters were constantly changing and you never knew what to expect. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. There was such a diverse cast of characters and I love everything that they brought to the story.
On top of the high adrenaline of a high octane competition in space, there was a mystery. Something that kept tugging at Emmet. Little bits and pieces were revealed here and there keeping me constantly hooked and wanting to know more. And I truly feel like theres still much more to uncover in the remaining books. Reintgen did such a fantastic job building such a complex web of intrigue, heartache, pain, hope, and so much more. This has quickly become one of my favorite books of the year and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books. If you love science fiction, this is definitely one to add to your reading list.
*I received an ARC of Nyxia from Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.*