YA Book Review

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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Book Title: Nyxia

Book Author: Scott Reintgen

Page Count: 377

Publishing Date: Septemebr 12th, 2017

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Date Read: December 20th, 2017

Synopsis: With millions of dollars at stake, walking away isn’t an option.

Emmett Atwater agrees to leave Earth behind when Babel Communications offers him a fortune. The catch? He has to launch into deep space to get it. One of ten selected recruits, Emmett boards the company’s spaceship and sets course for a planet that Babel has kept hidden from the rest of the world.

Before long, Emmett discovers that all of Babel’s recruits have at least one thing in common: they’re broken. Broken enough that Babel can remold them however it pleases.

Every training session is a ruthless competition where friendships are tested and enemies are made. Each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—where they will mine nyxia, a substance that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. Secrets about the volatile substance they’re hoping to mine, about the reclusive humanoids already living on Eden, and about the true intentions for the recruits.

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.

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“And just like that. I’m leaving Earth behind.”

Nyxia is a fast paced, hard hitting, epic ride! This one will take you on exciting twists and turns! YA sci-fi lovers rejoice! This one has a highly developed cast, a gripping story-line, and plenty of sci-fi bits to keep you furiously turning the pages!

Man, oh man, did I love this one! Firstly, it was told from a male character’s point of view, which is quite refreshing in a ya world of female pov’s. Secondly, it had a highly diverse group of characters, that were each developed in their own, unique way. And, thirdly, despite some of the usual ya tropes being used, the story was intense, emotional, and exciting!

The writing was impeccable! It was engaging, captivating, and exciting. It flowed and painted a picture in my mind so seamlessly while I was reading!

The plot was so exciting! Yes, it had the competition trope and reminded me of The Hunger Games, but it was well done, original, and had several twists to it. It was gripping and surprising at times. It also offered a sense of emotional self realization, and a struggle between power and humanity among the characters!

And, the characters! The characters were the most interesting aspects of the story! Our main character, Emmett was an African American from Detroit, with a love for old school music, and a sense of right and wrong instilled in him by his father. My favorite character, Kaya, was an adorable, intelligent girl from Japan. Our big hearted character, Bilal, hailed from Palestine. We had a badass warrior girl, named Azima, from Kenya. Jazzy was an athletic, southern belle from Tennessee. The fiercest competitor, Longwei, was from China or Mongolia, I believe. The comedian of the group, Katsu, was Japanese. Our serious guy, Jaime, was from Switzerland. And the couple of the group, Roathy and Isadora, were from Brazil. We also had a Cinna type character, whom I secretly adored, named Vandemeer.

The characters built friendships. Some built relationships. Others made enemies. There was competition, laughter, respect, betrayal, and animosity amidst the group. The dynamics were striking and emotional!

I loved reading a ya book from a different perspective! I loved the diversity, the intriguing story, and the fully realized characters and world. This one was a real pager turner with drive and power! Imagine my sadness when I found out book 2 won’t be out until July of 2018!

“I turn the key in my hands and realize I can write my own story. Not about lost dreams, but about a future bright as any golden shore.”


Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with this free copy in exchange for my honest review! 

Quotes used are from the book, written by the author.

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15 thoughts on “Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

  1. Have this one on my TBR list and hoping to get to it soon, especially because it sounds like such a good sci-fi story. This review is definitely making me want to read it a lot sooner!

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