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Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen – Book Review

So after reading Nyxia and loving it I knew I had to read book two straight away! And it did not disappoint!

You can read my review of Nyxia here

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Rating: 4/5

This is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all.
Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.
Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.
But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

Book two picks up at the same place that book one finished which I was so glad about because the ending of book one was a shocking cliffhanger and I really wanted to see what would happen from that point. Book one takes place entirely in the ship and the only glimpses we see of Eden is what Emmett and the others are taught. So I loved that this book takes place entirely on the planet and we get to see what it’s like!

One of my favourite things was that we get to see more of Morning! She has fast become one of my favourite characters! She is not only a badass fighter but a great leader and friend. She is kind and compassionate and loyal and smart and I absolutely love that she was such a well rounded character. I really enjoyed her dynamic with Emmett and how well they worked together. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was how quickly the romance developed. I felt it was quite sudden but I still love them together!

I really loved seeing the groups of kids, who in the first book were pitted against each other, now learn to work as one team and grow closer to each other. It was so nice seeing them break down their walls and learn to trust each other as they quickly realise that they will need to stick together to survive.

I really loved the worldbuilding too, we get to see so much of the world from the way it looks to the creatures that live there and the Adamites and their way of life. It was interesting to see the similarities and differences of how they lived. Their way of life makes them have a strict hierarchy and social class system which the kids all resonated with as on earth they were from the lower social classes. Through Emmett we see how this can lead to injustice and oppression and I liked seeing these issues addressed in the story.

Another thing I liked was discussed through the story was colonisation. Babel have told them the planet is called Eden and the natives are called Adamites but we learn that this isn’t true when we meet them. That’s what Babel have decided to call them. It was really great seeing this in the story though I do wish it could have been discussed a bit more.

This book is fast paced and action packed and like the first book, full of plot twists you just don’t see coming! It has wonderfully diverse characters and I really enjoyed seeing the characters develop and the book once again ends on a cliffhanger that I did not see coming and has left me needing the last book in the trilogy!

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