Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia

Scott Reintgen

A sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. The first book in the Nyxia Triad.

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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 the Young Elites series

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they’re 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.
 
Forever.
 
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.


Advance Galley Reviews

Honestly, I never finished reading this. It was full of great ideas and good plot, but it just didn't come together for me.

When I first heard of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, I expected a grand space adventure, with young protagonists exploring new planets and encountering new civilizations. What I received was nothing of the sort, instead being another teenagers pitted against one another in a long competition. That’s all well and good. I like those plots just as much as the next person. But while Nyxia has a story that has promise, it ultimately proved to be quite tedious and dull. Emmett is a regular teen living a tough life in Detroit – his mother is ill, his father is overworked and underpaid – until he is recruited by the multi-billion dollar company Babel. The organization is launching a mission to the newly discovered planet of Eden, a wondrous new world with its own civilization and a miraculous substance called Nyxia they indend to mine. Emmett is one of a crew of ten teenagers chosen for the mission, but it becomes quickly apparent that not all is as it seems. A story which suggests far off planets, aliens, and a traditional space adventure turns into a competition between Emmett and the nine other recruited teenagers. This is frustrating, but in no way the novels’ fault – that would be more a tick against some marketing aspects as well as my own expectation. However, this focus on competition, while certainly able to draw certain reader’s attention, ultimately worked against the novel. The cast of characters is very diverse. Emmett, our main character, is a black teen from Detroit. Other characters are from Japan, China, Africa, and the Middle East. All the teenagers have lived difficult lives and faced the sort of things most have not. There are few characters outside of the small army of teenagers, but I do want to mention one in particular. Emmett’s father is probably one of the kindest, wisest fathers I’ve seen in literature in a long time. The few passages he’s in are all very memorable. We see a father obviously distraught that his son will be so far away but also proud of his accomplishments trying to put his own emotions aside to impart the wisdom and comfort he knows Emmett needs in that moment. It was very refreshing to see that many of the relationships forged between characters were ones of platonic friendship. This is something I often find missing in many books where character relations are either ones of romance or varying levels of competitive and antagonistic. Romance wasn’t absent, however much I wished it was. The story went from teenagers trying to navigate a very difficult situation, overcoming petty competition forced upon them, and the forging of friendships and alliances to insta-love. A relationship which could have been meaningful through simple mutual respect turned into an instant love scenario despite the characters barely knowing one another and having no obvious chemistry. This is largely a book of missed opportunities. Too much time was taken following Emmett to competition after competition and watching the board as scores ticked up and down. The competitions themselves became very repetitive. Stakes were never raised and lowered enough to create that desperate air of tension which makes tournament arcs in shonen manga so very addictive. The end goal remained the same throughout – be one of the eight people chosen to go Eden’s surface. The character’s pasts, emotions, goals, and inner conflict weren’t enough to drive the tension or plot. As for the individual competitions, some of them were interesting, some of them less so. Creative competitions involving teamwork were mingled among more common ones such as one on one battles. However, I do need to speak on in particular as it was simply so illusion breaking that I cannot let it pass. One particular event was swimming in a pool for a certain amount of time that simulated gale force winds. This is a perplexing choice of competition as even specially trained individuals normally have a difficult time facing 18-25 foot waves and 40 mile an hour winds. (For those playing along at home, those are tropical storm conditions). The fact that no one drowned was astonishing. Also, please, explain how taking untrained teenagers and forcing them to compete with one another is any sort of training to go on a deep space mission to recover a potentially dangerous substance on a planet with a species who, while having an affinity to children and adolescents, doesn’t like the human race at large, is a sensible business plan. Surely Babel would benefit from actual training regimens rather than baseless contests. It seems like a huge liability and money drain for the company. Now. Let’s talk about nyxia, the mysterious substance Emmett is on his way to mine off a far-off planet that isn’t too keen on having their nyxia mined at all. What is it? In a word, physical deus-ex-machina. Nyxia can do anything. Thoughts can telepathically form it into any shape. It can heal nearly any injury, except for those wounds made by nyxia. It is the reason why a twenty-seven year journey suddenly takes only one. It is the reason why the ship has gravity in deep space. Despite its deus-ex-machina mechanics, I still found nyxia and its mysteries interesting. The unexplained aspects of the material felt more like deliberate decisions by the author which would be explored further in later books than anything that was unintentionally not included. Which brings me to another gripe. Despite being four hundred pages long, the reader learns very little throughout the course of the story. Characters, while diverse and having an overall air of likability, weren’t very deep. We learn only snippets of their pasts and what drew them to signing contracts with Babel. Almost nothing is related about Eden or its inhabitants, the Adamites. It is inferred that this story is set sometime in the future. How far in the future is never discussed. The lives of the characters seem much the same as lives today with no evidence of advancement in technology or anything else. I came into this book with high expectations. With promises of space adventure and newly found planets, I had visions of something with an Illuminae Chronicles sense of adventure. Unfortunately, what I found was nothing of the sort. In the end Nyxia felt more like the long prequel no one asked for instead of the start to an exciting new series.

I have mixed feelings about this book but overall I did enjoy it and it did hold my attention. I like the amount of diversity- most of the YA I've read is Eurocentric even with the contrived diversity inclusions designed to sell books. This author went all in- there are *multiple* black and asian characters and the white characters aren't all from America. The author got a lot right in regards to the characters themselves. The plot is exciting and mysterious and very engaging. However, whenever I felt like this would be a 4 or 5 star read for me, something would come along to jolt me out of the story. Some of the details of the plot are contrived or glossed over when the details matter the most. Also, while I like the fast pacing it did feel much *too* fast at times. I would definitely read more from this author, though. His writing is easy-going, witty, and fun, and again I love the sheer level of diversity depicted.

This is an enthralling thriller with lots of twists and turns and likable characters. It was well-paced and hard to put down once I got past the first few pages. There were a few quirks that took me out of the story (calling the rest day "Sabbath", Emmett's tendency to file things under letters was "A for Annoying"), but on the whole I enjoyed the writing. In terms of comparison to other books, I'd say this reminds me more of Divergent or Ender's Game than Illuminae. Honestly, there's very little that screams "space" and there's very little about the aliens. My other issue is with the romance. It came out of complete left field and felt completely unnecessary to me. The book does end with a lot of questions left unanswered. I'll definitely be picking up the next in the series.

**Did not finish** I tried to get into this book. It had an interesting premise but failed to hook me and I just couldn't get through it.

3 Stars - Nyxia was an enjoyable sci-fi novel with a shady corporation that kept me guessing and a cast of characters whose motives are always suspect. Emmett Atwater is one of ten recruits chosen by the Babel Corporation to travel to the planet of Eden to mine a substance called Nyxia, a material that has quickly become the most valuable in the universe. The promise of enough money to take care of his family forever, has Emmett quickly agreeing to join. Soon, the recruits are competing against each other to become the best onboard, but Babel’s motives aren't always clear. What is Babel hiding and just what is their true motive? Emmett is an African American teen from Detroit who hasn't had an easy life. His decision to join the Babel mission was an easy one to make as with the money they're promising, his mother can get the medical treatment she needs and his father can stop working so many shifts at his dead-end job. Emmett is extremely dedicated to his family and despite their limited appearances in the book, it's obvious how much he loves them. Due to his past, Emmett has mastered controlling his outwardly displayed emotions, which becomes quite useful during the competition. The group of recruits is incredibly diverse with people from all over the globe from the US to Kenya to Japan and more. The group is able to communicate with each other by using Nyxia masks with translators that automatically translate what anyone says into the host's native language (Emmett for example hears everything in English). Over the course of the book we learn more about some recruits than others. The amount we learn seemed to be directly connected to how close Emmett was with that character. I definitely ended up with my favorites who I hope to see more of in later books. The competition aspect of the book was definitely my favorite part of the book. It was interesting watching the characters try to work out the puzzles and I enjoyed trying to guess Babel's purpose for each test. There were definitely moments that surprised me during the competition, which was nice. While I did ultimately end up liking Nyxia, there was something about the book that kept me from becoming fully invested. However, I do think this is a book that others will enjoy and would recommend it if you’re looking for a quick, sci-fi read. I will be continuing with the series as I'm looking forward to finding out Babel’s motives and the future they have in store for the recruits.

This book was HUNGER GAMES in outer space with eight out of ten winners instead of one. Emmett is from Detroit, poor, pops is working himself to an early grave & his mom has cancer. All of the participants are poor with nothing to lose and lots to gain. The competition is competitive and dangerous at times but he's determined to win for his family. I liked Emmett, Bilal, Kaya & most of the other characters. When the book ended I wasn't ready! I wanted it to continue to the next part. I wasn't prepared to like this book as much as I did. I haven't read a book like this in a long time. I'm happy I gave this book a chance. I will be on the lookout for the second part of the Nyxia Triad. I received a copy from FTR for an honest review.

I definitely got more into it the more I read. I definitely am still side eyeing some characters and of course the corperation. I loved the diverse characters and the talk about the struggles and adversities they all face. Especially about being poor because a lot of people will be able to relate in a way that usually isn't in young adult books. I will definely be continuing with the series so I can get more world building and answers. The series definetly has a lot of potential and I hope it fulfills it.

I received this book from Penguin First to Read. I liked the competition between the recruits, it showed everyone's strengths and weakness and gave an idea of how they were going to do overall in the competition. The hints that are given about the planet and the native people make me want to read the second book and find out what secrets Babel was hiding.

This book was definitely a journey book- and knowing this I think will turn off some readers. They are going from one place to another, and at the same time setting up a series of books to come- complete with an alternate world to explore. That being said- I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would when I started it. I think the book has a lot of potential as a series, but as a stand alone it does not have a full plot arc in my opinion. I think it will most likely be one of the next big books to read though, so that is pretty exciting to be privileged enough to get to read this in advance of it's release. I gave this book 4 stars- I was engaged with the plot twists- of which there were many- and while it could have been improved in some of the facets mentioned above, all in all it was a very solid read that I enjoyed.

I should start off by saying that this isn't my usual pick for a genre, but I really enjoyed this book. It was a page-turning sci-fi/ fantasy novel. I loved the characters and the story. Definitely a great read, and I am glad that I picked something that was out of the box for me. I would definitely recommend.

From start to finish Nyxia was a page turner. While certain plot elements could be further developed, the motivations for characters were clear and well laid out. The promise of adventure and intense training was engrossing and it felt like every detail was considered in writing this fast-paced story. The story overall was unique and imaginative. I expected another futuristic dystopian story following certain clichés but was quite pleasantly surprised to find Nyxia did not fit the mold. My one true comment is that the book could have been a bit more thought provoking. Nonetheless, I loved it.

Babel Corp selected Emmett Atwater for a rare opportunity to compete for a chance to travel to Eden, a planet, to mine for a material known as Nyxia ,and in return he will receive a huge contract of $50,000 for the rest of his life if he can make it through the end of the competition. Sounds perfect, right? Well, chances are if things seem too good to be true, chances are it is. Emmett and his fellow competitors are faced with the ultimatum: make it through the competition and reap the benefits, or lose and go home with nothing. With a salary that could give them more agency and access to benefits than they ever have had, it builds an environment for a high-stake competition. Babel Corp has secrets. First they omit the fact that only 8 of 10 of the competitors will be selected for the final expedition team to Eden, so what else are they not revealing? As things escalate in the competition, Emmett seeks to uncover Babel Corps' secrets. If you’re interested in a sci-fi adventure involving a high stakes competition with plenty of action, a diverse cast, secrets, and tough choices, take a look at Scott Reintgen’s Nyxia. I thoroughly enjoyed Nyxia as it was a roller coaster of a book. Each character in the competition has their own motivations and secrets as to for why they’re there,and it was fascinating learning more about each individual. This is just the beginning to Reintgen’s Nyxia Triad, and I look forward to seeing how the rest of the story develops in future books.

I really enjoyed this book. It took a little time for me to get used to everything, and to learn who everyone way, but as soon as things picked up, I was hooked!

The book in itself was very imaginative and a great book/story overall. The only thing I didn't like about it was the beginning where all the characters were defined and introduced by their nationality. The plot was interesting and I thought the substance of nyxia could be explored more in the next book. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series!!!

Fast paced, easy read. It grabbed my attention from the very start. I loved all the characters! Can't wait for the sequel.

Waiting for the Cliche I'll admit it, I'm severely critical of YA fiction nowadays. I constantly am looking for the next cliche, the next poor choice, whatever and I spent about half of this story doing the same thing... until I realized it wasn't going to deliver. Nyxia does not follow the stereoytypes commonly found in YA fiction. It doesn't utilize the same typical plot directions. It's a unique story with unique ideas and characters and I honestly fell in love with it. (Seriously, I'm excited for book two!) Delve into the Psyche What I really love about this story is that it's not just face-value entertainment. Yes, it's entertaining. Yes, it's fun, exciting, and full of action, but it's also so much more than that. The characters are challenged physically, mentally, and emotionally, which allows the story to delve deep into the psyche, morality, and drive of the characters. It challenges them in a way that tests the very fabric of their souls, and not every character in this story is an innocent bubble of bliss. Characters Speaking of characters, I absolutely love the characters. There was such a diversity of personalities, ethnicities, backgrounds, traumas, joys, etc. Granted, there may have been a little too much variety in such a small group of people (because people often share certain personality characteristics with others), but I thoroughly enjoyed the cast in Nyxia and the dynamic created between the characters. For this reason, I think the story was more character-driven than plot-driven, which I can get behind. :D The Twists! Either I am really bad at reading this book and telling when 'X' was going to happen or this story had some really amazing twists in it. I kept finding myself surprised by the newest event. I kept reacting in the same manner that the characters did: shock, disbelief, etc, and when it was revealed, it was like I should've known that twist was coming, but I was too invested, too into the story already that I wasn't looking for the next gimmick because they didn't feel like gimmicks. They felt like good story-telling reveals!

The Babel Corporation recruited 10 teenagers for a once in a lifetime salary. It's all due to Nyxia, a rare substance that can only be found on Eden. And Emmett is taking them up on their offer of a space trip to mine the stuff. All so he can take care of his family... Forever! Once aboard the ship he learns he has to earn the right to be one of the miners... will he compromise who he is to win a spot or will he find a way to remain true to himself? THE SETUP (Approx 40%) ????1/2 I was iffy about this book at first because the title was obscure and the cover rather nondescript. Marie Lu gave it a recommendation but I hadn't read Warcross yet so didn't know if that was a good thing or not... After the first chapter I became REALLY excited for the book!! The blurb setup was tight and we were quickly developing the story into more than what we'd already been told. Questions were developing about the program they were in but that's a good sign... In fact I was pretty happy until these questions started to be developed... What did I like?! Almost everything! 1- LOVED Emmett's narrative! Emmett felt like a real kid who loves his mom and is willing to do hard stuff for her. He seemed to me to listen to his gut even though this isn't stated implicitly I really liked that about Emmett. He was raised by great parents. Who we saw through the scene with his father taught him morals, listening to his heart and doing the hard thing. 2 - The DIVERSITY!! There are 10 recruits from all over the world. Depending on the point of Babel choosing kids this makes a lot of sense!! I particularly like that Kaya and Katsu were Japanese, and that Longwei Bilal were also Asian!! There is a girl from Africa... it just made me happy! And there was an effort made to concentrate their backgrounds into how they reacted to the competition. Bilal was super nice. Longwei felt the pressure to succeed and do so alone. Kaya was a strategist. 3- The writing craft was quite good. Emmett felt like a real guy from Detroit and it came through in his word usage. Not in a heavy or overdone manner but quite balanced. His struggles felt genuine and specific to him and I cared. The details picked out for the characterization worked well to help me keep those characters we interacted with separate in my mind from both a physical and personality standpoint. 4 - The actual competition and training was well developed (the rabbit room was my favorite!) It was ALL about nyxia and getting the nyxia out! The specific room designs and tasks worked well and I felt truly stressed for Emmett and Kaya and Bilal. The conflict it naturally provided was NOT totally banked on but what was there made me root for certain characters. The details in a word were incredible! THE MIDDLE (40-60%) ??? The more we learned about what Babel wanted from these recruits the less things made sense. The start was so STRONG that it became apparent that things were developed to a certain point and then it seems the story started to just wing it... it made less sense... things happened or were shown for shock value rather than to develop the mystery or reveal things. One question that bugged me was why the competition at all? Why 8 and not 10? This is NEVER really explained and what we are shown and told doesn't add up. I'm NOT saying the author hasn't worked out the answers or come to a reasonable explanation but he DIDN'T share these with the reader but presented the information he did give us as if it made sense when IT DOESN'T! I did continue to LOVE the characters that were used... Kaya was a super favorite of mine!! Her weaknesses suited her philosophy and so I worried for her but at the same time her strengths made me love her!! Bilal was the same way... his kindness for all wasn't suited for this competition yet it was his best quality. I did want to see more development with other competitors... like Longwei which didn't happen. And I was surprised at how isolated Isadora and Roathy's actions were... honestly from all of their backgrounds I expected MORE of this! THE END (75-100%) ? Okay so safe to say I pretty much felt this story TOTALLY UNRAVEL at the end. It made ZERO sense at times... And the worst is I CAN'T talk about it for fear of spoilers!! My biggest complaint is that the end was NO DIFFERENT from the middle. If you read this book you will understand what I mean. The twist should have CHANGED the DYNAMICS!! Mega time! Instead we focused tighter on Emmett and it made the end BORING because DUH how else could a competition like this end for the main character!? And I have LITTLE HOPE for Eden... some of those that were chosen had to commit terrible acts, they are only there for money and they didn't come together as a team in the end. If you've ever read a military centered special ops book or some such story then you'll know that in a dangerous job camaraderie is more motivation than money!!! (Umm EVERYONE knows this, right!?) Babel would have know this too... when I can't believe in the power that started the premise... the entire story starts to become less and less believable. This is what I said once I was finished... "So, so contrived... I was bending over backwards dying to give it a chance... and there is something to like in it, but I can't say I even care that these yokels are "millionaires" nor do I give a crap what happens down on Eden. The question... 2 or 3 stars?" I ran the numbers and settled on 3 stars. I think many readers will not be as offended as I by the end. They will just go with it and not question... Babel probably would have had to MURDER me to keep the other recruits from questioning them too because I wouldn't have quieted nor stopped doubting their ways when things stopped making sense...

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen is a fantastic, futuristic space story with action and adventure for young readers. Emmett and a group of other teenagers from all over the world have been selected by Babel to travel across space to a planet they have found called Eden. They are going to explore the land and harvest Nyxia, a manipulative element, that is native to the planet. The group will be challenged and Train as individuals and teams to earn points for the competition of who will actually go to Eden. There are many obstacles, both morally and physically for the main character and for his fellow competitors. I really enjoyed this unique story and that the characters were very believable. Definitely would recommend.

One of the reasons I liked Nyxia so much was that the main character was realistic and relatable. Many of my students would connect with Emmett, and that's important. The sci-fi element was well done (somewhat reminiscent of Avatar), and it gave the characters a bit of power founded in their youth. Overall, this was a book I'd recommend to most teens.

My review is almost identical to Melissa's. This sounded intriguing and I was happy for the opportunity to read it. I liked that the corporate was called Babel (because of the significance of the name), and I was okay with Emmett. It was also interesting to learn about the other competitors on the ship and their stories, and how they interacted with each other. But unfortunately, something was missing, and I am sad to say that I don't know what. I just wasn't connecting. Maybe because the premise of the story is one that has been done and done again? Or maybe for the same reason I didn't connect with Ender's Game? I found I was reading this because I had to for the review, not because I wanted to. I could put it aside for several days and not wonder what was going on with Emmett and everyone. Maybe because the competition phase was too long, and I think they should have just gotten to the planet already? I don't know. At any rate, my loan on the book expired before I could finish, and I am not motivated to seek out another copy to finish the story.

When I read the synopsis on the book, I was really excited to read it. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get myself to really get into the story. It was hard for me to get through the reading and I didn't get to finish before the digital copy expired.

I'll be the first to admit that I "bid" on this book based on the cover alone. No synopsis reading, no nothing...which meant I didn't really know what to expect going in. I like sci-fi, though, so there was a good chance this book would hit home for me. And you know what? It did! It's a fast-paced sci-fi romp that follows Emmett Atwater in his quest to make it to the planet Eden. It reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games and Red Rising in terms of content and plot construction, which isn't a bad thing at all. But it's the characters that really shine in this book. For being plot driven, Reintgen does a great job fleshing out his titular and supporting cast in a way that makes the story compelling. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in sci-fi, and I'm excited to see it hit shelves!

Emmet Atwater is one of ten teenagers chosen by Babel Corporations to travel to the planet Eden in order to mine Nyxia. Nyxia is a substance that is able to be manipulated to just about anything your mind can think of. The twist? Babel is only taking eight of the ten recruits to the planet of Eden. If that wasn’t enough to create competition, add in a sum of $50,000 per month for each teenager who makes it to Eden. This is where the trials begin. Throughout their journey to the planet, the recruits are put through different tests and trials. To choose which recruits go and which stay behind, they are scored on how they perform these tests. This story largely focuses on these trials for the majority of the book with some twists and turns thrown in every once in a while. What I loved so much about this book was the large cast of characters. They are from all over the world. There was so much diversity in this book! Here’s a breakdown of all the characters and their ethnicities. Emmett: Main character. Black male from Detroit, Michigan. Kaya: Japanese, Emmet’s roommate. (My favorite character.) Bilal: Middle Eastern, from Palestine, the nicest person you will ever meet. Katsu: Japanese, heavyset, the comic relief. Jasmine (Jazzy): Southern blond from Tennessee. Azima: African, from Kenya. Jaime: The only white teenager, from Switzerland. Longwei: Asian, top of the class. Isadora: Brazilian with a mysterious tattoo on the back of her neck. Roathy: A black male. (We never learn where he is from.) As you can see, we have quite the diverse cast, but you are probably asking yourself how they all communicate. Well, they are all given a mask aboard the Genesis 11 that translates language for them. Pretty advanced technology, but what do you expect from a multi-billion dollar corporation? This book was fast-paced with a lot of action. I really loved the plot twists that were thrown in. I may have even shed a tear while reading this book, which I was definitely not expecting to do! This was a book that I had trouble putting down! I need book 2 in my life NOW!! If you like science fiction and space books, then I recommend you pick this one up right away! Publication date is September 12, 2017. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars! Thank you to Penguin’s First to Read program and Scott Reintgen for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I'm not normally a huge sci-fi fan, but I ended up really enjoying this book. It was fast-paced, and compelling, and the characters were great. I can't wait for the sequel.

Going into this book I didn't know what to expect. I hadn't read the synopsis so the only thing I knew about it was that the book was a young adult science fiction. I was a little confused after reading the first couple chapters so I went back and read the description for a little background on the narrator and what was going on. Obviously that cleared some things up and gave me a little insight into where the story might be headed. With all that said, I thought Nyxia was absolutely amazing. From the beginning I was hooked and had to know what would happen next! I really enjoyed the overall plot. There was so much thought that went into each part of the story. Every competition between the characters was exciting. Seeing the impact each event had on the narrator, as well as the other characters was fascinating. This leads me to the next part of this story that I really enjoyed; the characters. We spend the majority of the book with the same characters. As their relationship with our narrator changes I saw each of them differently. The narrator, Emmett, is such a complex character. Throughout the book he struggles with how he is/how he was raised and who Babel is trying to turn him into. This made him become one of my favorite characters because this the meaning of humanity in this situation. Emmett wasn't the only character I grew attached to. Even though their description was biased based on Emmett's viewpoint I immediately loved a couple of the other characters and grew to like a few more as time went on. While I thought this book was amazing, there were some things I didn't enjoy. Mainly this had to do with unanswered questions. I understand the significance of Babel having its secrets I just wish I was able to learn more. I think a big part of why we were so limited was because we were stuck with the story from Emmett's perspective and he was mainly focused on other things. However, I still feel like I left this book with more questions than answers. Also the cliffhanger at the end of this first book! That only added more question that I have to wait over a year to be answered. Reading this book is the most I've been invested in a Sci-Fi novel since I've read Illuminae. It's an exciting story that requires strength, with, and sheer willpower from its characters. Nyxia had me on the edge of my seat, always trying to guess the next thing that would be thrown at these teens. Not only did we get see how circumstances can shape a person's character but we see how desperation can have an affect on even that. The group of teens that made it through the first book are far from having everything about themselves and their beliefs tested. If you are Sci-Fi lover, Nxyia is a book I would suggest you check out as soon as possible. It's a story you don't want to miss!

I really loved this book and can't wait for the next one .

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.

This book was not what I was expecting, but I ended up really liking it. The story is narrated by Emmett, a teenager that is risking his life to create a better future for his family back home. The story follows Emmett and other teenagers as they fight for the opportunity to live on another planet. This book is very similar to other dystopian novels- I got sucked in and read it quite quickly. I'm already excited for the next book.

I loved the diversity of the characters in the story and I loved the idea of the story. Unfortunately, it just didn't seem to grab my attention besides that. The story seemed very slow at times and then when things did start to pick up I often found myself disinterested. I was super excited to read a book that occurs in space but I feel like the story also fell short there as well.

I file Nyxia under "G" for good. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to teenagers or (young at heart) adults. The story is filled with action and contains themes of friendship, hope, love, fear, and all the things that define human beings. I have three small criticisms (cue spoilers). 1) Emmett is described as a tough inner-city kid who never had time to devote to his studies. He also admits he does not know to whom he prays and describes himself as not religious. However, in the book, young Emmett references King Solomon and uses phrases like "concrete jungle". 2) I wish the alphabet filing reasoning was explained earlier than half-way through the book because it initially seemed infantile language for a self-proclaimed tough, old soul and each alphabet reference, in the first half of the book, took me a bit out of the story. 3) The book is almost 100% squeaky clean in terms of language and sex so I wish the author had either removed the 3 or so curse words and shirtless kissing (with no regrets!) scenes so it could be marketed to an even younger audience or that the author had amped up that type of drama so that it could be more appealing to an older audience. I realize I wrote far more information related to my nitpicky criticisms than my praises, but the criticisms are minor and did not taint my overall enjoyment of the book. If I were to write to describe all my praises of the book, the praises would be a book unto itself. Great read!

I absolutely loved Nyxia. It was fast-paced and fascinating to learn about this new corporation and their plans for this planet. Well it would be easy to get bogged down in the logistics about why this corporation would use teens, I felt like the story was entertaining enough to make you not overthink it. The characters were well-written and interesting to learn about their backgrounds. It was quite a diverse group of characters. Emmett was a great character who was easily relatable. I loved his relationships and developing friendships. I can't wait for book 2.

Fast paced easy read that grabs you from the start. Emmett is a complex kid. The development of the caricatures & the story keeps the reader interested.

Oh my gosh, this was not at all what I expected, but in a good way! The story is narrated by Emmett, a boy who wants nothing more but to give his family a chance to have more from life. He pretty much signs his life away for three years to mine a new material in a far away galaxy where a hostile alien species rules. Seriously, this book was like 200 pages of intense action and competition, because nothing is what it seems and some of the teens won't even make the trip alive, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. There were shocking bombs dropped left and right and I was hooked from the first few pages, with never a dull moment. I am a sucker for anything having to do with space travel so I knew I had to read this book, but I could never have anticipated what the story was really like. Nyxia was the perfect blend of world building, character development, action, mind boggling challenges, and some terrifying moments. This is just the beginning of the adventure for Emmett, and I can't wait to be right with him every step of the way in the books to come. If you are looking for a dangerous space mission unlike anything else, this is the book for you.

I loved this book so much!! I love anything about space, but this was so much more. Friendships,rivalries, and betrayal. I have so many questions and I definitely need the second book now and this one hasn't even come out yet!! I loved the character development and they way they all changed through out their time on Gensis 11.

With notes of Ender's Game and The Hunger Games, this shone in some moments but fell flat in others. Overall recommended, especially for the racially and ethnically diverse cast (in space!), and I'm curious to see where Reintgen takes book two. For those sensitive to cliffhanger endings, this isn't the most egregious I've seen but it might still be a good idea to wait for the second book before taking on the first.

Nyxia was a pleasant surprise that I ended up enjoying! It brought me back to the hunger games/divergent days of my reading. I really enjoyed the characters and am looking forward to see how they grow throughout the next two books. I wasn't sure if this book was for me but after the first few chapters I really enjoyed it! Most definitely will be looking forward to book two and will be recommending this one!

I won’t belabor all the reasons why I didn’t enjoy Nyxia, especially since it’s a debut and a mostly adequate one at that, but I will touch upon the major points where this book fell short of my expectations. Admittedly, I am to blame for some of my own disappointment. I was led by the publisher description to believe this would be a book about space, containing all the adventure and excitement about arrival on a new planet. But instead, it turned out to be a more pedestrian tale about a competition, one that lasts the entire duration of the novel, so I didn’t even get the satisfaction of gaining answers to some of my pressing questions. Anyway, here’s the gist of the story: Ten marginalized teens from all over the world are selected by a rich and powerful corporation called Babel Communications to travel to a newly discovered habitable planet called Eden. Their goal is to harvest and extract a volatile but valuable substance called Nyxia from deep within its mines. Why would a multi-bajillionaire company go with a bunch of kids for a highly sensitive, highly dangerous mission, when they could have easily opted for the more logical choice of a group of experienced, better-trained, and emotionally well-adjusted adults, you ask? Well, the explanation we get is that Eden is already populated, by a race of hostile aliens called the Adamites. Understandably, they’re ticked off about the humans trying to colonize their planet, but Babel has uncovered a weakness in their behavior: the Adamites appear to have a soft spot for children. The hope is that by sending in a group of human teenagers, they’ll be able to slide under the aliens’ radars to get at their precious Nyxia. Emmett Atwater is the name of our protagonist who has agreed to Babel’s contract, signing on as a potential recruit. Not only is leaving Earth to make something more of his life, Emmett is also doing it for his sick mother. If he succeeds, the money he receives will be more than enough to pay for her treatments, as well as set himself and his family up for life. However, Emmett’s path to Eden is nowhere close to being a done deal. While Babel has chosen ten candidates, they only need two less than that for the actual mission. To determine who will continue on and who will go home, they’ve devised a series of challenges in which the contestants will try to earn the most points and beat each other out for the coveted eight spots. And therein lies my main issue with the plot. There doesn’t appear to be a valid, persuasive reason for a competition, other than the prospect of capitalizing on the success of hit books like The Hunger Games or Red Rising. In what universe would it make sense for a lucrative company to throw untold amounts of money away, just to watch a bunch of hormonal teenagers beat each other to a bloody pulp, when those resources could be put to better use on a legitimate training regimen to give those kids the best chance of success on Eden? I even tried giving this novel the benefit of the doubt, thinking perhaps Babel would soon reveal a grand plan that would explain for all their questionable methods, but it was a long wait that led to no satisfying answers. Still, I might have been more forgiving had it not been for the second half of the novel. The story gave me hope when Emmett and the others finally arrived at their destination, but instead of making it down to Eden so that I could get my fix of exploring a new planet, there came a surprising twist—and not one that made me happy either. By this point, I was already feeling the burnout from all the competitions, and I was looking forward to a nice change of pace. But instead, the story gave us even more competition-ing! Even worse, what follows is a romance with that had me gritting my teeth and fighting the urge not to hurl my e-reader across the room. In the end, I just settled for grumbling to myself about insta-love and other pesky clichés. There were a few other quibbles I had about the world-building and characterization, but like I said, I won’t be dwelling on the little things. I think I’ve covered the main issues why this book wasn’t my cup of tea, and despite the cliffhanger way it ended I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel, because I’m just not feeling the characters or the story enough to want to continue. Clearly though, I’m in the minority in my feelings for many others have had a positive experience with Nyxia, so hopefully if you’re looking forward to the book, you’ll have a better time with it than I did.

This was a really cool futuristic book. We've found life on other planets and also a substance that could change everything. On the planet of Eden, a race called Adamites mine a substance called nyxia. Nyxia does a lot of things, it can be manipulated through thought but as they learn more about it, they learn it can also manipulate. There is much to be feared from this substance that seems to have a mind of its own when it wants to. It can be formed into weapons, medicine, buildings, clothing, etc. Only a nyxia wound cannot be healed by nyxia. The Adamites seem to have a distaste for adults so a group of teenagers are competing for spots on Eden to mine nyxia and bring it back for Earth. They learn to work with each other and with nyxia and also learn many secrets of their benefactor company, Babel, along the way. The book was very intriguing and stayed the way the entire time. I'm so impatient for the second book and this isn't even out yet!

The premise of this novel was unique and immersive. I adored many of the characters and loved how diverse this book was. The writing was engaging and I found myself completely caught up in the story. I can't wait to see what comes next in this series!

I enjoyed reading Nyxia. In the beginning, I drew many comparisons to the Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent series -- teens and young adults pulled from their families to do the bidding of government or corporation. Who will win the battle? What big secrets await? As the story progressed, what makes Nyxia unique became clear. The cultural/ethnic diversity of the characters and the interplay of personalities and values that each character brings was refreshing. The themes of leadership, struggle, loyalty, friendship, sacrifice, and mercy are well developed. There is an opportunity for the next two books to give us more insight into the inhabitants of Eden. I'm hoping to see how the writer further develops the main characters building a story that challenges the genre revealing and redefining what it means to be human in a strange world -- more Octavia Butler and W. Golding.

Nyxia started out a little confusing. It felt as if there was a prior book that I needed to read. But as it went along it grew on me & I became aware that there wasn't a prior book. The development of the characters was well thought out. There was just enough mystery of what was really going on that I wanted, no needed to continue reading. I'm intrigued by that veiled mystery and look forward to another book.

Scheduled to post 9/2. NYXIA is basically THE HUNGER GAMES in space. I liked the brutality of it and I liked how Reintgen explained the reason for needing teenagers to do this kind of work (the aliens that occupy the planet they're trying to mine live a long time and don't breed so they regard youth very highly and revere children, allowing them into areas of the world that they get openly hostile to protect if an adult enters). It's certainly far more of a significant, substantial reason than what a lot of YA provides for these kinds of things and it's one I can certainly suspend my disbelief for. The testing the kids go through is both physical and mental and meant to push them to the brink in order to help them survive on the planet. This is where it gets a little thin because if the aliens revere children then they shouldn't be going into a hostile environment. I can understand wanting them physically fit to withstand the space travel and mentally fit for living in space and trained to work with the equipment. So pitting them against each other and telling them not all of them will go down to the planet (wouldn't you want spares?) gets a bit thin. I'm not huge into sci-fi and I would put NYXIA at the light end of the spectrum. Aside from rapid space travel and the nyxia element itself (something that can be changed into different things using the mind, like changing it into a knife), there really isn't much sci-fi going on here, or anything that would make it stand out as something to stand out in that genre. It's all rather generic. I can actually see this trending more toward sci-fi horror than anything else based on some of the things that happen, both from the planet and the company funding this whole endeavor. As far as characters the only complaint I really had was with Emmett. He was pitched as a black kid from Detroit from the beginning, but his demeanor just came off rather stereotypical and it was kind of uncomfortable. I mean he has rapper connections, calls his parents Moms and Pops, and speaks, sometimes, in a manner like "what you got?" but at the same time waxes poetic about the things going on around him. And, especially at the beginning, everyone's viewed by their ethnicity, especially his roommate, Kaya, who's Japanese. She's his only roommate and she starts off as his Asian roommate and then when she finds out she's Japanese it's his Japanese roommate. He doesn't have more than one roommate. Why the insistence regarding her ehtnicity? It was just really weird and kind of kept like the author pushing diversity for diversity's sake and his way of going LOOK MY BOOK IS DIVERSE. And with a panel of 10 "diverse" kids we still have two Americans and two Japanese kids. So not all that diverse. This whole aspect just felt kind of cheap all around. The dynamic of the characters was great, especially as the competition went on. I really like how they all interacted with each other and grew on each other as time went on. I did think Roathy and Isadora ended up being tension for tension's sake, though. They just felt really extreme in their reactions to things especially as they were the only ones acting like this. There was enough going on in the plot without fabricated drama. I mean it's a good enough story to the point where I'm interested in seeing where the author goes with this. And the DIVERSITY IS DIVERSE notion, while really insistent at the beginning peters out once Emmett gets to know everyone and even his token blackness fades out a little bit, but it's all still there. Don't get me wrong. I don't have an issue with diversity in books. What I have an issue with is authors making sure you know their book is diverse by turning characters into cultural stereotypes (or just naming random countries and pinning them on lapels because said characters are background fodder and don't get developed anyway) instead of doing research and letting characters be people. It just rings disingenuous. So I don't know. I don't think it's glaringly awful the way characters are portrayed and it didn't detract me from the story too much, but obviously I noticed it. I can imagine someone far more attuned to something like this being even less tolerant than I am. So good story, great dynamic among the characters, less than stellar character development as characters. Take it for what you will. 3

Nyxia pleasantly surprised me. While it is a story along the veins of The Hunger Games or Divergent, with characters fighting for placement, I didn't feel like Reintgen was rehashing those books. I liked his choice of protagonist, a boy who isn't the best at everything but still knows how to fight, who wants to win but doesn't want to become a monster to do so, who wrestles with his inner demons and the morality of what he's asked to do instead of just taking the easy route to victory. He's a complicated character who feels real. Place him and a cast of down-and-out characters from all over the globe onto a spaceship with Nyxia-enhanced technology, heading toward a planet where the local aliens tolerate only children, and pit them against each other for a place on the planet and wealth beyond imagination, and you've got quite the set-up for a high-stakes, fast-paced science fiction adventure. Scott Reintgen gets all that right and then delivers. He doesn't pull punches and keeps the suspense going right to the end. I'm excited to see where this series goes. On a side note, I like to read the acknowledgments, and I especially liked this one. It's always nice to finish a superb story and then discover the author is a fellow Believer!

WOW! What an amazing book! The non-stop action was probably my favorite part. I really enjoyed how fast-paced all the action was because it made the book fly by. All the information you receive to build this world is so well done, and I think the pace of the book helped that a lot. The character development was slow at first but it helps you to feel closer to them throughout the book. The high stakes for the characters made the action packed parts feel like you were on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens! I eagerly await book two!

If you love a good Sci-fi, this book is for you! I can say enough about this book. It kept me engaged from cover to cover! The character development, (especially the protagonist, Emmett- fathom?), the storyline, the story telling was superb! My only problem with Scott Reintgen's book, Nxyia was that it left me wanting for more! The twists, the turns all the way to the end were pleasantly placed and non-expected. I can't wait for the next book. I want to see what Eden, itself looks like. Well done, Mr. Reintgen, you've drawn me in to your world. I think I'm going to have to add these books to my home library shelves! I know the most excellent teen who will love it!

I found this book highly unoriginal.

I loved this book. The characters were well developed and believable. The pacing of the novel was great. The plot was well thought out, and the twists came at the perfect moments. Nyxia was one of the best novels I have read in a while.

This book was pretty amazing. If you're a huge fan of SciFi and Maze Runner this book is for you! The characters were very diverse and pretty amazing. Had a lot of good values to take away from. The book was a bit slow, it took a lot to build up and get going. But bring on the next book.

I thought this book was a decent first start to a series. However, it clearly sets up the organization as a "bad guy" so it'll be really interesting to see how that pans out in future tales. I think this book came across pretty blunt in regards to who is good and who is bad, which didn't leave much for the reader to figure out. But, it was still a relatively entertaining novel, although I found some of the writing tedious at points, and drawn out to try and make the story more entertaining.

Review: Protagonist: Emmett Atwater is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to voyage through space to a newly discovered habitable planet where he will be tasked with mining an ultra-rare and expensive material called Nyxia. First, though, he needs to secure his place while onboard the Genesis 11, against a diverse group of teens with backgrounds and pasts similar to him. Only eight out of ten will land on Eden, and Emmett will do whatever is necessary to be one of them. On the whole, I liked Emmett's character. I did feel like some of his character development wasn't quite earned, though that might be more because the author does jump forward in time quite a bit so while we see defining moments, we don't always see a good aftermath and results of those defining moments. There were also a few quirks that Emmett has during the first part of this story that nearly disappear, only to reappear without any preamble or solid explanation toward the end that really bothered me. World Building: I love the world building in this book. I've sort of started to become a sucker for sci-fi and this story definitely scratches that itch. The way that Nyxia is introduced and all of the intricacies of the material that are discovered over the course of this story are incredible. The competition aspect of this story is fairly text book, but how the contestants treat it isn't quite as predictable. I did really enjoy all of the aspects to the competition. It isn't just one challenge but many that this group is forced to compete in and each challenge will test their mastery of Nyxia, the environment on Eden, as well as their endurance and strength. Overall, I really enjoyed the world building for this story and while there is an extremely diverse cast of characters, I'm in no position to comment on how well represented they are, I didn't find anything I would think of as misrepresentation or offensive, but again I'm in no position to adequately give feedback. Predictability and Writing: So, my biggest problem with this story is the writing. I appreciate the author trying to subvert all of these common tropes that he includes in this story, but unfortunately, it felt that how he went about subverting these tropes that ended up shifting the normal story structure. Now, not all story structures are exactly the same, but when you boil the most successful ones down there is a similar pattern of climaxes and cooldowns and where certain elements are introduced, and at least for me that's not something that should be subverted, since I've rarely seen a subverted story structure work out very well. There are sections of the story that I love, but there were moments that should have packed more of a punch where I had a similar feeling to the age old "show don't tell" advice where I know I was shown, but given how the story structure worked out, I felt like I was told. There are also characters in this story that do things that don't quite make sense, things feel forced in order to progress the plot that I never fully understood. As for how predictable this book is, since (and I'm starting to feel like a broken record here) the story structure is so off for me, I wasn't able to predict a majority of the twists but as I said earlier, a lot of them didn't pack the punch I felt they were supposed to. Ending: So the ending is actually something that I wasn't sure about, but after mulling it over I really liked how everything went down. As the end neared, I didn't really notice that there wasn't a big final climax, I mean there's something that could have been, but since (again broken record) the story structure was off I didn't notice it. Then, right at the end, there's this fantastic scene that I can't talk too much about because it's a really twisted scene and it needs to be experienced fully, but it's so good. There isn't really a cooldown period after, but I also didn't feel a cliffhanger vibe from the ending because it ends right where I expected it too, so since I was waiting for it, it didn't hit me as a cliffhanger would, but I don't mind since I'd rather not wait in agony for the next book. Rating: 3.5 stars I did really enjoy this book. The world building is phenomenal and there are elements to the story that are incredibly compelling, but I did feel some problems mainly with the story structure and how the author went about subverting some classic tropes. Some moments fell flat when I know they should have had more impact. That being said though, I will be back for Book 2.

This is an amazing can't stop until the last page book. I instantly liked the main character Emmett. It was a nice departure from the norm to have a book written in the voice of a young black kid. Yes there will be the unavoidable comparisons with Hunger Games, Enders Game and the like, but where this book ends and where the next begins will be a complete departure from all. I already imagine this as a movie, I am already casting people in my head. This has blockbuster written all over it. I'm not a spoiler reviewer, I'm more of a yes or no you should read this book kind of person. I'm 48. Yes you should read this book. If I were doing stars I'd give it 4 because I know book #2 is going to be 5 star.

This is just a thrill ride from start to finish. Appealing, diverse characters with appropriate growth as the book develops. Lots of action. It reminded me of "Hunger Games" but with less pomp and a lot more mystery. No one in the "Games" pretends that it is going to be fun or fair. The book is a fairly self-contained story, though there is much more to tell in the upcoming books. I would highly recommend this for middle and high school readers who enjoy space and science fiction.

An all encompassing book of space adventure. Thrilling at every turn. Can not wait to read the next installment. A must read!

The beginning is flat, there is no much information for understand the history. The second part was the only one with a little of action but finally the book didn't like me because the characters was very childish in the majority of the situations.

This fast paced book kept me on the edge of my seat. It seems there will be another book as it ended in a cliffhanger. I'm anxious to read the next in the series.

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic ARC copy of this book from the publisher through Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my review in any way. Nyxia was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, and I literally ran to my computer when I found out that it was on Penguin First to Read. Let me tell you, this series is going to be amazing. I have really high hopes for it, which means a lot. I really needed this book because I was in a slump of average/good (but not amazeballs level) novels, and this got me out of it. Nyxia is going to be one of the best YA releases of Fall 2017. I won't be surprised if it hits the bestseller lists like The New York Times Bestsellers; I'm actually anticipating and hoping it will. You just need to read this book. It was a roller coaster of emotions and events, and although I could predict a few things, there was still so many surprises in store. For a book I had really high expectations, it did not disappoint, which shows how amazing it was. I was fascinated with Reintgen's world-building from the first chapter. From the troubled characters and their pasts to the futuristic spaceship of Genesis-11 and Babel Corporation, I just wanted to know more and more about everything. Nyxia definitely captures your attention with futuristic technology and the substance of Nyxia, which I find really cool yet spooky. How the competition worked was such a fascinating concept. I can't wait to see how the author will construct the planet of Eden in the next installment! I also love the characters so much, and I wanted most of them to make it. It's like you just want to give them all a big hug at the same time. I was rooting so hard for Emmett, Bilal, Jaime, Jazzy, Katsu, Azima, and Kaya to make it (plus Longwei, even if I didn't like him at times). It's such a diverse cast of characters from all around the world with different ethnicities from different countries. Each of them is so unique and broken in their own way that you just love them all. And surprisingly, I didn't get confused with who was who! The author makes each character so memorable and distinguishable you won't be confused with who's who. Although I was able to predict a few outcomes, I was still shocked and surprised nonetheless. There's so much that you can't expect that it feels so thrilling. I just could not put this book down because I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! There's so many secrets lurking among the characters throughout the book that it's like a treasure trove of them! I didn't see so many things coming, and I was thrusted onto a roller coaster of emotions with Emmett. I could feel his passion and drive for success yet the conflicting feelings inside of him. I so need book two right now. That ending was just "Whoo!" I need more! I am definitely look forward to the sequel, which greatly shows how much I loved the book and am anticipating the series. Nyxia is a sci-fi thriller that will enrapture you from page one, bringing you through a roller coaster of suspense, surprises, and secrets. It's one of my favorite sci-fi reads of the year, and it will stick out as one of the top Fall 2017 releases! Nyxia is a book that you don't want to miss!

This was ride on the wild side of imagination – just be patient. At first, couldn’t get into the book. I’d start then stop, then start and stop again. My first impression was that it seemed like Hunger Games in space -- teenager being pitted against teenager for the benefit of the adult community. Only there are to be eight winners, not one. But I persevered and received my reward. The beginning sets the characters and situation. It was like an announcement -- OK, folks, here are stereotypical diverse teenagers, the black dude from the gangs, the smart Asian, the smirking white guy, etc. Ten teenagers are selected by the ominous Babel Corporation to go to a planet called Eden for a valuable compound called Nyxia because the inhabitants supposedly revere kids and kill adults. But, the kicker is that only eight of the selected will have a chance to reap the rewards of the journey because Babel plans for them to compete with each other during the one year trip to the planet. The other two would return home and only get paid for their time. Once this is established and they are on their way to Eden, the story surges ahead. The competition starts. Secrets are spilled. Alliances are made. The fantastic properties of Nyxia are revealed. Emmett, the main character, and some of the others begin to become real and grow as they fight their fears and reevaluate their priorities. The tension increases as they go through each test. What does Babel really want of these of teens from different countries and races? It’s an intriguing journey which should be experienced by the reader and not summarized by me in a review. But don’t expect for everything to be solved in the end… I can't wait for the next two books.

WOW. What... a.... ride. From day one I wanted Emmett to win but I had no idea what the price of winning would be. His story is filled with ups and downs and still he faces his fears and keeps moving on if not for himself for his teammates. As a reader, I felt every victory and every defeat. The good times and the bad time. The hope and hopeless that the characters experience. I was proud of Emmett;s decisions even when he allowed others to guide his path. This is a must read that will keep you on your toes and wanting more.

As soon as I saw the synopsis -- a group of kids, chosen for their desperation, are picked to go to space by the immense global Babel corporation to mine the otherworldly substance: Nyxia. This book focuses on the 10 kids who are chosen and the training they are put through to survive on the newly discovered, inhabited planet, Eden. I most enjoyed getting to know the characters -- they aren't your typical protagonists. They are the students who are often overlooked in their societies - poor, homeless, foster kids. Their voices were authentic, reminding me of students I have had throughout the years. I really felt their struggles and celebrated their triumphs -- I'm excited to see how the story continues!

Nyxia is basically a cross between Hunger Games and Survivor with a dash of Divergent, except it takes place on a spaceship. Some readers compared it to Illiminae, but I've never read that, so I don't know. I don't think I ever fully got engaged into this story. I love the story concept, but I'm not in love with the writing style. There were too many parts that didn't add to the story, so it was easy to skip over them. There wasn't nearly enough character development for me. I did learn to care about some of the characters, primarily Emmett. I felt like I never got a chance to get to know some of the others. Since I already had Hunger Games and Divergent in my head, I kept trying to compare Nyxia characters to the ones in those novels. At times, some of characters reminded me of President Snow and Tobias, but maybe that's just me. At times I forgot they were on a spaceship, so I would have liked more of a sense of setting instead of the occasional reminder that they were in outer space. The whole point system was a little confusing. I'm still not sure how the points were calculated. I have mixed feelings about the ending. I was expecting more of a wow factor. Oddly, this would make an interesting movie and it might be one of those cases where the movie is better than the book. Overall, I enjoyed it enough to finish it and I'm still curious to see what happens in the next novel.

I received an e-ARC from Penguin's First to Read. (Thank you for the opportunity!) I want to start this review off with what other books or movies I was reminded of while reading Nyxia. It will help to summarize and set up the remainder of my review. ***WARNING: I tried to avoid spoilers, but it was difficult and I did not succeed in the end. The spoilers here are mild, so tread carefully. You’ve been warned.*** • Avatar—There is a substance on an alien planet (Eden) that humans want, and this substance represents a huge industry opportunity that will yield a lot of money and advancement in science, warfare, medicine, and much more. The natives (Adamites) of Eden prove to be physically large, strong, and skilled, a terrifying force to reckon. The humans (or at least the “bad” and “mean” humans, i.e. Babel) will do nearly anything to get at the nyxia deposits, including sending young people in because fully matured humans (ahem, adults) are too much of a threat to the aliens. Or, specifically, the adults tried to have things done their way and ended up getting their butts handed to them. However, the whole book is about the journey to Eden, so no alien planet time. As for alien time—I refuse to spoil information beyond what I’ve given regarding that aspect. • Divergent—There is a competition among the young people to determine who gets to go down onto Eden, since there are only a limited number of young people the Adamites have agreed to allow onto the planet. The entire book goes through the trials and tribulations, the tests, the struggles and celebration as each of the young people compete to show how adept their physical, mental, and emotional skills are—this is all happening as they travel to the planet. Along the way friendships bud, enemies lurk, bodies are broken, there is homesickness and fear as they travel further from Earth, and the youngins begin to realize that their training and education is changing them. Who they were, what they believed made them them, is on the line. Self-identity and humanity become key ideas of contention for Emmett (the protagonist) and the others, because the closer they get to Eden the harder it is for them to determine who they are and what it means to be human. • and The Hunger Games—Nyxia morphs from a competition to prove standings with scores (like in Divergent) into death matches where kill-or-be-killed determines standings (ahem, The Hunger Games). Over the course of the book, I figured it would probably lead to this outcome. It only made sense that people in space would hold themselves to different laws and standards than while on Earth. However, though similar in concept, the execution was much different and OH THOSE PLOT TWISTS—I will not spoil it, I refuse! Now onto nyxia, the substance Babel wants from Eden. I’m struggling to think of an apt comparison, but I keep coming back to this explanation I gave my boyfriend: a material that you can telepathically control; the stronger and more practiced your mind is, the easier you can control it, especially when competing with another to manipulate it; a material that is sentient and can control you as well, but there is little knowledge as to what all it can do and the dangers. He responded with: a substance imbued with the Force. That’s close, but not exact. I’ve seen some reviews where people were metaphorically defecating on the idea of nyxia, saying it was boring, or not done well, or it had been done before, or it was stupid (what an arbitrary, lackluster, over-used and ill-used word, by the way). I can’t attest to why those reviewers felt those words best described the substance, but I disagree. It was exciting to me, because there were so many opportunities that came with nyxia’s involvement in the story. It is a substance that can be turned into weaponry, architecture and protective barriers (i.e. keep their spacecraft sealed tight and reinforced, among other things), used in reconstructing broken parts of a human body, and it can be manipulated into almost anything but water (it cannot become transparent)—and that is only what we discover in this book, the first in the series. And a sentient material that can turn against you, even in the most painful and invasive of ways? What the actual what? Sign me up. I want the next book now—I’m intrigued! To me it was wild, well done, similar in basic principles to substances in other movies/books but different in how it functions and interacts, and incredibly intelligent—I mean, c’mon, nyxia is able to connect to those who manipulate it, and its incorporation almost as a character itself was interesting as hell. My favorite aspects of this book were the writing and the depictions of characters and their relationships. There were some moments where I had to stop and re-read a line or section because the language was amazing; I had to go back and savor the words, prepared to take it all in. He's grasping for air, and the sound of his wheezing breaths are dying things. (page unknown at this time) There's a heaven in him no darkness can take. (page unknown at this time) And Reintgen depicts a family with such fullness and ease that I, an aspiring writer, am very jealous and taking notes. “What’s your name?” He used to ask me all this before football games. It’s a tradition, a reminder. “Emmett Ethan Atwater,” I say. “What’s Ethan mean?” “Steady.” “What’s Emmett mean?” “Hard worker.” “What’s Atwater mean?” I hitch. “You never told me that. …” He smiles. “I don’t know either.” (page unknown at this time) (I’m sorry that I was unprepared with quotations—I can only access the e-ARC on my home computer and I write my reviews at work. I meant to collect a few more, which I will just have to do at a later date—or maybe after the book releases!) But guys, Reintgen’s writing is #goals for a writer. Absolute, beautiful #GOALS. He knows when and how to amp the emotion and drawback. He knows how to show what is happening with few, apt words without resorting to telling the story. (Concision is your friend when writing, y’all!) He brings in colloquialisms and makes them his own, especially since all the characters are from all around Earth and differ in their cultural backgrounds and experiences—I’m a sucker for colloquialisms, especially when incorporated well. And now to the diversity—if you’re into books showcasing diverse characters, this is a book for you. The majority of the characters are people of color and their inclusion and coming together didn’t feel wrong or forced or perverted in any way; they each had a clear goal, and that goal fueled the story. It felt so good and right to see this kind of representation. Like I said above, I’m taking notes on how I can improve my writing based upon how he has written Nyxia. And lastly, because I could rant my praises for the remainder of the day but have other pressing matters to attend, I want you to know this: I have been experiencing the worst book hangover since finishing it. It has everything I wanted—and more—and everything I have picked up since just isn’t touching me in the same, right way. This book is perfection and had everything I needed to feel complete. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this is a good book hangover; it helped me understand just how much this book moved me and affected me. I hope it does the same for you as well.

Thank you First to Read for Nyxia. Wow! I loved this Book! Lots of action, suspense, and fun to read. I can't wait for the release in September so I can buy the hard cover. I will buy two and give one to a friend. I ended up with a book hangover. I didn't want it to end and now I'm looking forward to what is next. So Scott Reintgen did an excellent job for his debut book. I highly recommend this book, it's going to be a hit!

This is a book for adventure lovers and thrill seekers. It's full of games, challenges, and contestants pitted against one another, but also forced to work together. Sort of like Survivor in space, but with food and shelter provided. :) Emmett has been chosen to leave Earth and spend time traveling through space and then completing tasks on another planet for Babel Communications. However, once he's on-board, he learns he'll be competing while making the journey across space. Enemies are made, alliances are formed. Emmett must decide how he's going to play this game...and who he will choose to trust.

Nyxia was a thrilling YA sci-fi read! Though I have a few guesses as to what will happen next, I can't wait to see what Scott Reintgen has up his sleeve, and I'm sure I'll be surprised by at least one or two plot points. (With Nyxia, I saw several plot points coming well in advance, but actually gasped aloud in surprise at one incident I was not expecting, and was surprised several other times.) I really enjoyed the character development we saw, and felt like things I had questions about were addressed without the answers being delivered in an overdone way — I'd wondered why there were teams of five when only eight would be going down to the surface of Eden, and that was explained later in the story. I thought the technology introduced was cool, and I loved the diversity of the cast. Representation matters, and I loved seeing so many POC in a sci-fi novel!

I don't read much Science Fiction but I was hoping for a great story here. I realize we must know about the story world but the repeated blow by blow of the competition was almost enough for me to stop reading. I forced myself to read on. Skipping long blow by blow explanations of the protagonist getting defeated. I'm sure this is not a stand alone book. There will be more. We have to know what happens on Eden, if Roathy is dead, and how Isadora may get even with Emmet for beating Roathy out for the trip to Eden. (which doesn't sound like the biblical eden). In a couple of places my eyes swelled with tears. In the end, whatever the next chapter (book) for these Eden recruits, they will all realize it is Babel who is the enemy. This flubber substance called Nyxia could swallow everyone up whole.

I loved this book and cannot wait for the next one. I've read some other comparisons but what comes to mind for me is The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games. I cared about Emmett right from the beginning and was, still am, interested in the other competitors. The romance felt a little "thrown in." Also it felt off that Emmett is American, yet uses metric but I figured it's in the future, things changed. Overall, great story that I will be recommending to everyone.

This is the 1st book in the Nyxia Triad and introduces teen Emmett who has been selected by the Babel Corporation to compete against 11 other girls & boys with the promises of riches to the winners. During the space trip, they are introduced to Nyxia, a substance mined in Eden. Exercises and tests strain the competitors while uncertainty about who will survive and what secrets are being hidden abound. Intriguing start to another sci-fi series. Thanks to First to Read- Penguin Books USA for the free copy of this book.

I found Nyxia to be an immersive thrill-ride through space. I love the whole idea behind what the human race would do to obtain nyxia, a new substance found on an Earth-like planet, with almost unlimited uses. It's a realistic premise, one that I feel like could definitely come to pass in the future, if our technology ever gets to that point. I also found all the characters, including the protagonist, Emmett, to be quite realistic and fun to read about. I enjoyed watching them all compete and grow throughout their time on Genesis 11. I like the mystery behind the Babel Corporation's motives, and the constant sense of wondering what they will do next. This book is comparable to Illuminae, and I would say that I enjoyed it just as much as I have enjoyed that series. I cannot wait for the continuation of this story, to see what happens to Emmett and the others once they land on Eden.

I was really excited when I heard about Nyxia – the cover art is absolutely stunning, and the description made it sound interesting. While reading I found it reminiscent of a couple of other books, such as Ender’s Game and Hunger Game, just to give you an idea of the tone of the book (though the plot itself is what made me think of Ender’s Game). I’ll confess that I felt slightly let down by this book – I was just so excited when I got my copy I couldn’t wait to read through it. Yet the first thirty percent or so I found myself struggling to stay attached to the characters and plot. Once I got past that point I found myself a bit more hooked, but that disappointed lingered and sort of set the tone for my reading experience. The novel ended up being more of an introspective look at humanity and what it’s capable of more than a space/alien novel; how far each person is will to go or not go in order to obtain their personal goals. Who they’re willing to cross, hurt, or betray in the process. Ironically, the namesake of the book is not the planet everyone is headed towards – but instead is the material they wish to harvest from it. Nyxia is pretty much a magical substance; it can create better tech, fuel, weapons, you name it. Oh, and the user can form and reform it with their minds. Not even kidding. So you can see why a corporation would want their hands on this stuff. I actually would have loved to see more about this substance (though admittedly I suspect that’s being saved for later in the series). Basically, this big corporation (Babel – yes the religions implication is intentional) is sending a bunch of kids to Babel (the planet, not the corporation) because of reasons, where these kids are then to mine as much Nyxia as possible. To add to the tension though, they’re going to pit them all against each other – only eight out of the ten will be allowed to go planetside (did I mention the buttloads of money they’d be getting if they go?). More and more twists and turns are thrown at them as time goes on, just to further complicate things and make everyone more desperate. Side note: It’s really hard to take a book seriously when the head of their corporation is named Dafou. I kept hearing Marshall (from How I Met Your Mother) saying “Willem. DaFAU!” in my head. Every. Single. Time. So needless to say that broke the fourth wall a little bit for me, though it’s really not the fault of the author in this case. I’m just weird. One of the positive things worth commenting on was the way Emmett worked his way through puzzles and problems. Seeing his unique perspective and thought process, particularly when up against all odds, was pretty interesting to see. I think if more of this had been highlighted I would have enjoyed it so much more. Emmett is a really well designed character, all things considered. As I mentioned above – Nyxia really reminded me of a few other books, as well as a movie or two. Ender’s Game is an obvious one – it’s about a bunch of youths fighting it out between each other in order to get the best scores (and good scores equate to reaching their goals), while simultaneously being in space. Unfortunately Nyxia didn’t have that many zero gravity scenes (really, it just had the one), so that’s where the comparison ends. The Hunger Games reference is probably also self-explanatory, though in this case I felt that the writing style was also similar. I also felt slightly reminded of Avatar – the big bad corporations are coming in to mine everything good (read: Nyxia) off an inhabited planet. In this case they haven’t actually landed on the planet yet, but based on the Adamite being held prisoner, I think we have a pretty good idea of the intended treatment for these aliens. I guess what I’m trying to say with all my comparisons is that while Nyxia did ultimately hold my attention; I never felt that anything groundbreaking was being written. I know that sounds really harsh, but I simply mean that the book kept reminding me of other things, rather than standing on its own. Since the book improved more as time went on, I’ll probably give book two a try when it comes out, though I can’t say I’ll be as excited as I was previously.

This book was so good! It wasn't something I would have picked up on my own, so I'm glad I got selected for it. I was swept away by the story from the first page. I stayed up til 3 in the morning for two nights in a row so I could finish the book. I cared about the main character from the first page, which is hard to do. For a syfy book, authors have to spend some time giving you a world to work with. Scott Reintgen gave me a world to work with very quickly. I can't wait for the next book!

What a great adventure!! I loved the pace of the book and the couldn't wait to follow the characters through their challenges, loves and heartbreaks. The constant competitions kept me rooting for and awaiting the doom of so many characters that sometimes it felt like I was holding my breath. And what a ending, I can't wait for Eden and to know what happens next.

At the beginning i was having a hard time getting through this book. But as we got deeper and deeper into the story i could not put it down. I cannot wait for the rest of the series and to see if Eden lives up to its expectation and what the program really has in store for Emmett and the others.

Sci-fi has been stepping up its game in YA lately! Nyxia is the action-packed, space exploration book I never knew I wanted until now. The story focuses on a group of teens desperate to gain Babel’s unlimited resources and funds to one day live a rich and stable life. The cost? Infiltrate an alien planet called Eden and help them extract the valuable new fuel nyxia. During the book we get to experience Babel’s extreme training sessions and the boundaries of what it means to be human. The competition is tough as there are 10 candidates but only 8 will advance for the real space exploration. The tests will stretch these teens limits to the max and make them realize that maybe things are way too good to be true. From the first chapter I was hooked; the diverse cast, the unique setting and the freaky yet exciting technology aboard the Genesis 11 left me in awe. We get the whole story from Emmett’s point of view. A boy from the Detroit trying to get his mom on the top of the transplant list through Babel’s health connections. Each of these characters has something worth fighting for and it keeps the reader rooting for them through each gruesome trial. The development that goes on with each of them as individuals and as teammates accurately portrays the complexities of human behavior. Watch out for this one because it will keep you on your toes.

I recieved this ARC in return for my honest review. This book is definitely something different. I was hooked from the very start and couldn't put it down. With the setting being in the future I didn't know if I wild like it, but man was I wrong! This book is a mixture of Enders' Game and The Hunger Games wrapped in one magical package.

Traveling in space to a different planet and earning more money than you could ever imagine spending sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime, but in Scott Reintgen's Nyxia there's more to the games those selected are playing than they realize.  Emmett Atwater has won the lottery, securing a place aboard the Babel Communications' ship to Eden, where he'd mine a versatile and incredibly valuable material called Nyxia, offering him the chance to leave Detroit for three years and earn more money than his father is able to make and help his mom get better care for her failing kidneys. Thinking that this is his ticket to a better life, he's eager to do what he must to secure his job, but soon learns that out of the ten teenagers selected for the trip, only eight will earn the full salary and benefits package. Tapping into his competitive, and sometimes overly aggressive, side he competes against the nine others on Genesis 11. As Babel's secrets slowly come to light and they drastically change the rules of the game, Emmett and his competitors are faced with a dilemma: win at any cost, possibly forfeiting their humanity, or figure out a way to cleverly fight and maintain some human compassion.  Reminiscent of other sci-fi young adult literature as it utilizes some familiar tactics and arcs, both the story and characters are captivating, developing into deeper, more complex entities as the narrative progresses. Addressing topics such as systematic poverty, unequal access to healthcare, and cultural/racial biases (THANK YOU FOR A DIVERSE CAST OF CHARACTERS!), the narrative brings larger issues society currently (and continually) faces and makes them digestible for a younger audience, for whom these issues have and will play an immense role in their lives. There was a tendency of Emmett's that I thought was used strangely throughout the novel, which was identifying and categorizing his thoughts and emotions toward particular people or situations, for example, S for Suspicious; while a good device to further characterize Emmett it was used sporadically instead of consistently and the reason behind him doing so wasn't explained until around halfway through the story, which moderately diverted my attention.  Overall, I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

As a high school teacher I enjoy reading young adult novels to suggest to students, but often find them very predictable. That was not the case. At least three times I had to go back and reread a page or paragraph and think, "Where the heck did that come from?" and yet... while some choices seemed rather abrupt nothing seemed out of place when looking at the big picture. For lovers of science fiction, dystopian futures and the constant battle of good vs evil Nyxia will be a winner.

"I am the darkest starless corner of space." Emmett is a complex young man trying to find a balance between being a destroyer and being destroyed. His employer, Babel, is merciless and not trustworthy. Emmett finds it difficult to trust any of the other recruits who are also in competition for limited spots. The recruits came from difficult, diverse situations, like Emmett with his ill mother. I enjoyed the book, and liked the pace. Nyxia is a well imagined substance that we're just starting to understand. The manipulation and training was an integral part of the story. Elements like Emmett's music and his use of cabinets in his mind to keep calm gave his character additional depth. I miss Kaya and Bilal. Plus, there are still the Adamites. Looking forward to the sequel on Eden.

I was skeptical about this book, but it drew me in with the characters. Emmet was chosen along with nine other young people to join a space expedition sponsored by the mega corporation Babel. Emmett needs the offered financial and medical benefits, since his mom is gravely ill. They are trained to mine a new astronomically valued material called Nixia on Eden, a planet that only welcomes children since the first contact ended in brutal conflict with the adults. Babel representatives train the 10 recruits hard and their methods favor highly competitive results. Babel's intentions and changes thrown at the kids are suspicious and heighten throughout the journey. Twists and turns, betrayals, even death along with the relationships and friendships, rivalries formed, culminate for a entertaining and quick read. Cliffhanger nearly did me in, though, hoping for Bilal's safety in the next volume.

 


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