Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Pages: 384 (kindle)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
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.
Nyxia is pretty much like every other YA space travel, science fiction novel you've read. Trust me, I've read all of them. Not to say that this book was bad because it definitely wasn't. This book was a good book. It's got a good story and an interesting MC. It doesn't hurt that the cast of other characters are all as diverse as the main character. He's a good kid from detroit who is just looking out for his family.
What makes Nyxia the book special is the substance, nyxia, that it revolves around. It's a substance from Eden, a planet that will be inhabitable by humans. Only now it already has other things living on it. Babel wants to harvest nyxia and the only way to do that is with children, hence the teenagers vying for a spot on Eden.
This story is very much like The Hunger Games with a twist of Red Rising without all the murder. (Okay, most of the murder.)
It's good and fast-paced. You learn a lot about Emmett as a main character and you do come to love him in the end. You root for him and some of the others, while wishing a few of them would be sucked out into space. I was a little disappointed at the end, though I realize that there will be two more books to read. I'd love to see what happens with these kids on Eden.
Kudos for bringing diversity to space, too.
Thanks to First to Read and the publisher for the ARC.