Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Series: The Nyxia Triad #1
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Expected publication: September 12th, 2017
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
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.
I was only starting to read it and I already loved it. For you to have an idea of how much I loved it, I automatically pre-ordered it, which I never do…
I am not a sci-fi person, although I’m trying to get into it, it’s definitely not my favorite genre. But I absolutely loved this one! Imagine The Hunger Games in space, it’s a bit like that. Sounds awesome right? Well, it really is.
Our main character Emmett is a very normal person, he isn’t either great or awful. Just common. Which I was really happy about! He struggled, he suffered, he got better, he pushed himself to the limit, to get what he wanted, what he needed. Another thing I liked is that he really cared about his family and more often than not he was doing everything for them, to make their life easier and to make sure his mom would get well.
Another character I really liked was Kaya! She was such a strong and uplifting person! I loved how intelligent and amicable she was! I also really enjoyed Bilal, it’s just the type of character no one can say anything bad about. There’s a lot of characters I liked in this book and a lot I would like to strangle… There were some really tense moments, some unfair ones and even some heartbreaking ones. But one of the cool things is that there’s a LOT of diversity, we have characters from all over the world! Emmett is American, Bilal from Palestine and Kaya from Japan. We have also Azima from Kenya, Jaime from Sweden, Isadora from Brasil, etc. It was really interesting to get to know them, see a bit about their lives, and see friendship appearing amongst them.
It was overall a very emotional book, which I was not expecting in a sci-fi. All the kids in the book had some tough pasts and that’s also a thing that unites them. I cried, I got angry, I felt lucky, I felt betrayed, … Everything you guys can imagine! There’s a lot of action but we also have a lot of the characters and that was the main part of this book.
And of course, we have Nyxia. I loved the idea! Nyxia is such an intriguing and fantastic element! It’s powerful and it can be used in many ways by manipulating it! I have no words. It’s just WOW. We got to know who is behind the Nyxia “project” and I have many mixed feelings about both the corporation and the characters we already know from there. They are both so cool and so scary at the same time! Power makes them scary. But I think the next book will be more focused on them and on Nyxia so I’m really excited to know more!
I really enjoyed the writing. It got me gripped and I mesmerized throughout the book. I felt that it was very realistic and yet fantastic. It created tension enough to make you addicted but it also had some soft moments that made my heart melt. I think this is going to get very messy and even more exciting!
There’s also a character towards the end that I loved and I can’t wait to read about in the next book! I would definitely recommend this one if you enjoy some tense sci-fi books with a dystopian-ish feeling.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!