“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.
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.
This is going to be a series to watch without a doubt!
Though it contains the cliché requirements found in so many YA books, Reintgen turned them into something magical with a fantastic level of diversity and a bit of something reminiscent of that cult favorite movie – Starship Troopers which coincidentally is about to become part of pop culture again with a rumored sequel that is actually worthy to be part of the name. It also has a bit of Hunger Games – esque quality to it with the idea of teens being pitted against each other but at least this time it’s not for the enjoyment of the 1% but for a chance to have a better life complete with financial security.
Like the other books/movies it has a faint resemblance to, this one is full of action that will have you turning pages to stay glued to this adventurous storyline and great character work, particularly Emmett thanks to his tough fighter with a heart of gold personality. The multitude of moral dilemmas he faces will have you thinking about this one until the sequel arrives to hopefully provide another mind churning plot.
With such an ethnically diverse cast of characters, fresh plotlines, fast pacing and addicting writing style I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Nyxia has become the next big series to fly off shelves and receive its own movie franchise.
Thank you to Netgalley and Crown Books for Young Readers for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com