This YA Sci-Fi is out of this world…literally! Take a trip to Eden with Emmett and the other competitors of Babel in Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. The trip won’t be easy, the competition is fierce, and the end will leave you wanting more!
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.
This YA Sci-Fi was very cool. It’s like a combination between Warcross and Hunger Games but in space. It’ll keep you on your toes as you root for those you want to win and fear those who have held the top spots for too long. There are so many twists and turns throughout the competition to make it to Eden that you don’t know what to expect in the end. There will be some losses and not just when it comes to the game.
Emmett is in a competition to become one of the 10 people who will make it to Eden, a planet that provides a substance called Nyxia. Emmett’s motivation for getting to Eden is to make enough money to support his family and get his mother the medical care she needs. I really enjoyed getting to know Emmett throughout reading this book. His character develops so well in this first installment when he goes from seeing the others as competitors to seeing them as friends and allies. He learns strategies for surviving the different courses to move his name up the list but when he is threatened by other team members he is reminded just how fierce this competition is, and that everyone has their motives for getting to Eden.
You will get to know each of Emmett’s team players from his POV throughout the book, some cunning and strategic, others only in it for themselves. When Emmett discovers Babel may be keeping secrets, and they are surprised by a change in events they were not aware of, Emmett starts to question why they’re really heading to Eden, and if what they’ve been told about Eden is the truth. This is definitely a book for those who love Sci-Fi. I haven’t read enough of this genre but when I do I really enjoy it! I have Nyxia: Unleashed already lined up for this month so keep an eye out for that review as well!
Have you read Nyxia yet? What are some of your favorite YA Sci-fi novels?