Happy release day to Nyxia by Scott Reintgen! I received an ARC of this book last month and it was a fast and gripping read. Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:
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.
Firstly, a disclaimer: I don’t read a lot of sci-fi. Shock and horror. However, whenever I do read a science fiction book, I end up questioning my life choices because I always seem to really enjoy them?! I love the boundless imagination you can get within this genre.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is a lot in Nyxia that we have seen before. The comparisons to other big name YA books are accurate. There’s all the violence and competition of Divergent and The Hunger Games, as well as the suspicious corporation in charge of things like we see in The Maze Runner. So don’t go in expecting something hugely original. However! There are clear reasons why those books are so popular, there is no denying. And this one is no different. It was gripping from start to finish.
One of the best things this book has going for it is the level of diversity! Never have I read about such a diverse group of people in a YA book and I think it’s completely fabulous. The characters were all well developed and not just stereotypical cardboard cut-outs.
And again, one of my favourite things in a book: moral greyness! Everyone was complex and had both good and bad within them. I love this. The main character in particular, Emmett, was a fascinating character study. I really enjoyed seeing his internal struggles and reading about his motivations for his actions. I can’t wait to read more of his story in book two.
I do have a minor gripe and that is the repetition of the phrase “I file it away under…”; read the book and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Though I did like when the author explained the meaning behind it and I found that it became less irritating after that!
Overall, I’m giving this 4/5 stars as it was an exciting, fast-paced read with some shocking twists. I already can’t wait for the sequel!
Did anyone else get an ARC of this one? Or if not, has my review tempted you to pick it up?!