Book Rating (out of 5):
Technically, 3.5 stars. I received this ARC from Penguin Random House at this year’s BookCon. That booth was a nuthouse and one of the very few things that I picked up from them.
This book was described to me as like Hunger Games except in space. I find that description to be fairly accurate. Another reviewer pegged it as Hunger Games meets Ender’s Game and that’s a bit more on point.
Nyxia follows Emmett Atwater who has received a mysterious but lucrative invitation from a corporation, Babel, to join a group traveling to a planet called Eden to mine a substance that they’ve discovered (i.e. Nyxia.) I guess he’s never heard that old adage, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.’
Babel has many secrets and Emmett quickly learns that the money and the help for his family that was promised by the corporation is not a sure thing. There are only 8 spots and 10 teenagers who have been selected to travel to Eden. On the way, he’ll have to compete against these other kids for one of those 8 spots. And if he doesn’t win…well, he gets nowhere near what was initially promised. And that’s just the first in a long line of deceptions.
I’m conflicted about this book. I liked it because of the many twists and turns. It kept me reading and interested and for the most part, entertained. But it could have been better.
I felt like it could have been waaaay more descriptive. From the ship to the Nyxia itself to the action sequences, I felt myself longing for more details. Sure, your imagination can fill in the gaps, but I felt like there was room in the story for more depth of description of everything. Some things were too cut and dry. A lot, like the other competitors and the corporate execs, was cliché. And some things just didn’t make sense. Kaya, for example. She is a fellow competitor and immediately befriends Emmett. Reintgen made her seem almost as if she had some sort of superpower, but really, I think he maybe just meant that she was hyper-intuitive. One of those people who can see auras or something. Maybe there is more explanation of that in the planned sequels???? And there were things that happened in action sequences that didn’t make sense to me. I got the general gist of what was happening, but ultimately, I was having difficulty visualizing his descriptions of what was going down. My imagination was having to do a lot of gap filling. Personally, I needed more from the author here and I think he has more to give.
He left the story with a heck of a cliffhanger, and I enjoyed it enough to pick up the next in the series. I have lots more to say but it would all be spoilers so I’ll leave it at that.
If you are interested in picking up a copy, Nyxia was release September 12, 2017.