Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on September 12th 2017
Genres: science fiction, SFF
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 arc was provided by NetGalley, all thoughts are MY own and this review is 100% honest.
Wow, where do I even begin with this review? How do I even introduce you to the wild ride that is Nyxia? To the adventure, the competition, the incredible characters, and the complete mystery that is Nyxia. Let me start off by saying why isn’t this book on everyone’s list? I’m not kidding you when I say this is definitely going to be on my top 15 books I read this year because it was just… I mean a month later and I am still thinking about this beautiful book. (now that this review up, it’s more like two months later) but I still feel the same.
Nyxia is told in the POV of Emmett and it takes place in space. It sort of reminded me like Hunger Games… in the way that they are NOT trying to kill each other. There is a competition that takes place which spans over the majority of the book and it all spirals to a high point which takes your breath away and leaves you on the edge of your seat.
PROS (reasons why you should read this)
- An extremely likable cast of characters who are so diverse and easy to love and root for. You hear a lot of their background stories, why they are the way they are and as I said, you just start rooting for them and you want all of them to win.
- The plot is so riveting and halfway through the book the game changes completely and it takes the whole story to a whole new level.
- The mystery that is the substance Nyxia and why it is so special, and what it can do.
- The idea of another civilization on a different planet was so mysterious because we don’t learn a lot about them, you are left to wonder what are these people like, what is so special about their planet. I like that they did not explore what Eden is because that just heightens my anticipation for the next book.
- The fact that you don’t learn a lot about the corporation and while they say that they are there to do good, you just have this feeling that they are up to no good.
- Emmett’s friendship with his room mate and Bilal was SO special to me.
CONS (going to try to do this without spoiling y’all):
- Now there were some issues between some of the characters and I just thought that it was a little too much. I felt the other half were taking some things way too far.
- There was something that happened with one of the characters that I was not a fan of and wished that it did not happen, but I understand why it did.
- And the fact that I have to wait an entire year for the next book.
Overall I highly recommend that you read Nyxia if you’re looking for something with high stakes, something that will make your heart race and break your heart at the same time. AND IT IS SET IN SPACE!! What more could you ask for?
Nyxia comes out on September 12 which is this Tuesday, so don’t hesitate to pick it up!