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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen – Book Review

I have been seeing Nyxia around bookstagram for a while now and it sounded just like my type of book so I finally picked it up and I absolutely loved it!


Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis 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.

I read this book in two evenings as I just could not put it down! It was fast paced and action packed and I was hooked right from the beginning. The concept and plot of the book where a group of children are chosen to mine a new planet was really interesting and it was made even more interesting by Babel forcing the teenagers to compete against each other for a spot on the mining team. This gave me the hunger games vibes in space and I loved it!

There was plenty of suspense and plot twists which kept me on my toes and just when I thought that I knew where the story was going then, bam! Another twist which left me reeling! I love that it wasn’t predictable and that there was no guarantee that all of them would survive until the end. It really increased the stakes for each of the characters. And then the story ended on a cliffhanger which left me needing book two immediately!

One thing I loved was the diversity of characters. They were from all over the world which was far more realistic and even though they were there for a common cause you could see how different they were from their upbringing and where they were from.

Despite there being so many characters each had a distinct voice and was fully fleshed out. They each had a story arc which was woven into the main story arc. I think the only characters I wish I had learnt more about was Isadora and Roathy.

Emmett was a really great character, I enjoyed watching him grow and change and fight back when Babel wanted to make him a cold killer. He knew his strength and weaknesses and that he would need to work with the others to get through the training, even making sacrifices when necessary. I’m looking forward to seeing his character development in the next book.

This book has left me with so many questions and I just need all the answers now! I’m looking forward to diving into the next book!

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