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“A high-octane thriller . . . Nyxia grabs you from the first line and never lets go.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Warcross
Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller—the first in a trilogy—that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae.
What would you be 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.
“The 100 meets Illuminae in this high-octane sci-fi thriller.” —Bustle
AND DON'T MISS NYXIA UNLEASHED WHICH TOMI ADEYEMI, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE CALLS "A THRILLING SPACE ADVENTURE WITH AN INCREDIBLY DIVERSE CAST."
I can be generous when rating books sometimes, but I must say that this is a 5 star + title. There's no way it deserves any less. This is a FANtastic entry into YA science fiction. The world building and character building are exceptional. I found the title to be a super fast read as I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I appreciated the multicultural aspect and inclusion of characters of diverse ethnic backgrounds. I further appreciated that the title endeavored to show that the characters were stronger, despite their differences, when they worked together to solve the puzzle and mystery that is Babel. Somehow the corporation keeps upping their game. Characters are expendable and the rules seem ever-changing. I can't wait to immerse myself in the next title in the series.
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
First time spending that much for a book but definitely worth it. It tells such a powerful story, I only wished there was a book 2 easily available.
I heard good things about this book, so when I saw it on Penguin First To Read I took a chance and guaranteed a copy for myself. I started reading soon after… and it took me a long time to get through his one.
Brief summary: a big corporation in the not-so-distant future has gathered a group of poor teenagers, offered them enough money to keep them and their families comfortable for life, and taken them aboard their space ship en-route to a new planet called Eden. They need the kids because the native peoples on this planet hate humans, but they have a deep affection for children and won’t hurt them.
So, I’ll start with the negatives…
* Early on I was honestly bored. This book had a little bit of a Divergent feel to it, but I didn’t really feel any emotion or connection to the characters. I think part of the problem was that they dumped SO many characters on us at once. By about 15% things were looking up and I was enjoying it a little more.
* The main character, Emmett, has some characteristics that bothered me. He would call his parents “moms and pops” – I’ve heard pops before, but something about moms just grated on me. It’s a personal thing, not a deal breaker.
* The other thing Emmett did that drove me crazy was saying things like “I filed that under A for Anger” all the time. They finally explained WHAT that was all about, but it was too little too late for me. The annoyance was firmly there.
* Too many characters were introduced all at once and I was really never given a chance to really get to know them. Not even the one involved with the first big plot twist around 30%. Had I been really given a chance to connect with that character I might have gotten bent out of shape.
* The villains were a little one dimensional. I’m hoping they will evolve when it comes to book 2.
Okay, all that said, there were a lot of things I DID like. I mean, I’m giving it 4 stars after all.
* This book is very creative. Just the concept of Nyxia (this alien material that can be controlled by your thoughts) is fascinating as all get out. There’s more to the substance than we know as well, it’s already been alluded to, and I look forward to finding out more.
* The challenges the kids underwent were also very creative and unique. They got a little repetitive at times, but overall I did enjoy them.
* This book is as about diverse as one can imagine. The protagonist is African American from Detroit, his bestie on board the ship is from the Middle East. His roommate is from Asia. There’s tons of representation in this book and it was pretty awesome.
* The plot twist at the end. I did NOT see that coming. I was left speechless. With an ending like that there’s no way I can skip book 2.
So, should you read this? If you’re looking for a (mostly) unique Sci-Fi teen novel, this might just do the trick. It has a few flaws, but on a whole the creative and unique bits (and that ending!!!) make for a pretty compelling read.