“But they don’t tell you the pain comes with you. They don’t tell you that hurt travels light-speed too.” – Scott Reintgen, Nyxia
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.
The writing was seamless. There were never moments of drag or overwhelming detail. The setting, the characters, and the plot were all explained beautifully and even within the confining setting of a space ship in the loneliness of the galaxy, the world of Nyxia seemed larger than life.
I have a lot of respect for authors who take imagination to the next level. Reintgen has done that with Nyxia. I won’t spoil it, but I think you are going to be very impressed with how this mineral is used. I was pleasantly surprised when it was first revealed. Everything with the planet of Eden along with its inhabitants and how Babel works, it’s all so complex and well thought out. I hate to use other pieces of work to describe another, but Nyxia reminds me of a mixture of James Cameron’s Avatar and Ender’s Game. So if you are a fan of either of those, then you WILL enjoy this book, I almost guarantee it.
Now let’s talk about Emmett for a moment. The main character of Detroit native Emmett Atwater is a breath of fresh air. Emmett has this rawness that makes him seem so real, but he also has a refinement about him that I enjoyed. He is quite intuitive and I think that comes from having street smarts from Detroit. He is loyal and the bond he has with his parents is my favourite. You will see Emmett change over the course of the novel, but not so that his core demeanor changes. He gets stronger and wiser, but stays true to himself in the process. I hope you like Emmett as much as I do!
My favourite part about this entire novel is that I never knew what to expect. It was one of those books where you think you know what is going to happen, but then a plot twists comes up and smacks you in the face…I LOVE IT. I still have so many questions and I am hoping they will be answered in book 2 which I CANNOT WAIT TO READ!
Overall I give this book 5/5 stars. It was brilliantly written and the story was easy to get lost in. The complexity of the world created an amazing reading experience and I will most likely be reading this again. If you enjoy fast sci-fi reads then I implore you to pick this beauty up! It is available now at your favourite bookstores! Let me know if you read it and what your thoughts are!