June 11, 2017

Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Product Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
YA novels for me lately have been very hit or miss. It seems like once the genre exploded authors were just haphazardly slapping stories together that made no sense or were filled with inappropriate content. Fortunately this isn't the case with Nyxia. The story is well thought out and builds suspense from the first few pages. There is the typical teenage angst, love story and conflict but it all very real and makes perfect sense within the story. 

I would say it's almost like The Hunger Games in space. The characters must fight to survive but can't help becoming friends. Throw in a last minute twist and a cliff hanger of an ending and you have an incredible start to a trilogy that I cannot wait to complete.

My Recommendation:
This is an absolute must read for all sci-fi fans, especially if you also enjoy YA.