by Scott Reintgen


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Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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. 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780399556821
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: The Nyxia Triad Series
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 91,817
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Scott Reintgen has spent his career as a teacher of English and creative writing in diverse urban communities in North Carolina. This is his first novel.

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DAY 1, 8:47 A.M.
Aboard Genesis 11
“You all know why you’re here.”
There are ten of us at the table. We all nod like we even have  a clue.
Eight of the richest men and women in the world stand at the opposite end of the conference room. Last night, I used PJ’s phone to look them up. Babel Communications. Swallowed Google back in 2036. Some blogger says they’re NASA’s dark little shadow and have been for decades. Whatever they do, they look good doing it. Each of them wears the same charcoal suit. It looks like someone threaded smoke into formal wear. The overheads dance off all the polished shoulders and shoes.
But the lights and the room and the world are bending forward to hear the man who’s speaking: Marcus Defoe. He’s black, but not like me. I’ve spent half my life feeling like an absence, a moonless night. I can’t imagine this guy going anywhere without turning heads. Everything about him whispers king. It’s in the set of his shoulders and the sound of his voice and the quiet power of his walk. He glides toward us, and a series of warning signs flash through my head. One glance is enough to know he’s the most danger- ous man in the room.
Leaning back, I pull one of my earbuds out. My music was playing low-key but the Asian kid next to me keeps looking over like it’s  the loudest thing he’s  ever heard. Tough luck. I leave the volume up just to grind at him. When Babel recruited me, they said all of this was a game. I like playing games, but I like winning games even more. The stiff next  to me shakes his head in annoyance, and I already feel like I’m up a few points on him.
The earpiece bleeds half beats and old-soul voices. Peo- ple at school think I like early hip-hop ’cause it’s vintage, but the truth is I could never afford the new stuff. When my neighbor glances over for the thousandth time, I nod and smile like we’re going to be best friends.
“You were chosen to be at the forefront of the most serious space exploration known to mankind. The results of your mission will change the outlook for our species.” Defoe goes on to talk about humanity, manifest destiny, and final frontiers. His head is shaved and perfectly round. His smile is blinding. His eyes are so stunningly blue  that the girls at school would call them the color of boom. Babel’s king has a single imperfection: His right hand is withered, like  a giant took its sweet time breaking each and every bone. It’s the kind of injury you’re not supposed to look at, but always do. “The reward for your efforts will be beyond your imagination. A trust fund has already been established  for each of you. A check for fifty thousand dollars will be put into your account every month for the rest of your lives.”
Everyone at the table perks up. Straighter shoulders, wider eyes, less fidgeting. We all react to the numbers because we all must be dead-dancin’ broke. Except one kid.
He looks bored. King Solomon just tossed us the keys to the kingdom, and he’s hiding yawns? I take a closer look. He’s white. I fact-check the table and realize he’s the only white boy here. American? Maybe. Could be European. He’s sporting a plain three-button shirt. He drums his fingers distractedly on the table, and I spot a tag under one armpit. So the shirt’s a recent purchase. His hair looks deliberately imperfect, like he wanted to seem more down-to-earth. When he glances my way, I set both eyes back on Defoe again.
“Beyond monetary stability, we are also offering our medical plans for your families. They now have free access to health care, counseling, surgery, and the most advanced treatments for cancer and other terminal diseases. Those services come without a price tag, and they’re offered in perpetuity.”
I don’t know what perpetuity means, but some of the kids around the table are nodding wisely. Two of them flinched at the word cancer. One’s a girl with blond hair, blue eyes, and enough makeup to place in a pageant. I spy a strand  of pink-dyed hair tucked behind one ear. The other kid is really tan with bright brown eyes. Middle Eastern’s my guess. I wonder if their parents have cancer. I wonder if that’s how Babel roped  them into this monkey-in-space routine. I wonder if they noticed me flinch right around the same time they did.
It’s hard to hear the words that follow, because an image of Moms has snagged my attention. Those bird-thin wrists circled by medical bracelets. We spent enough time in the ICU that the hospital started feeling like a prison. Only difference is that some diseases don’t grant parole.
“. . . we offer stock options with our company, internal connections with any business in the world, and an opportunity to put your name in the history of the human race. Desmond is passing out a gag order. If you’re still interested, just sign on the dotted line.”
One of the lesser suits makes the rounds. He sets hot-off-the-presses forms in front of each of us. I can’t stop staring at the massive gold watch on his wrist. In less-promising circumstances, I’d whoops my way out of my chair, slip it off his wrist, and stranger my way out of the room before he knew which way was west. But life is good, so I carefully skim a paragraph with words like privatization and extrajudicial. On my left, the Asian kid considers a strange gathering of symbols. The girl on my right’s reading something that looks a little beyond the reach of my high school Spanish. I almost laugh, thinking we’re the politically correct version of the Justice Squad. But if Babel’s looking for heroes, they picked the wrong guy.
I sign on the dotted line and try to look like I didn’t just win the lottery.
The suits whisper million-dollar secrets. Defoe prowls a casual, predatory circle to make sure we’re all being good little boys and girls. I hit next on my shuffle and a nice unfiltered beat drops. Two voices duet their way to a bare-bones chorus. They trade lyrics until it feels like I’m back in the concrete jungle, ciphering and laughing with the Most Excellent Brothers.I miss the boys already, especially PJ. Our neighborhood’s pretty full of dead ends, though, and Babel’s offering a way out. I don’t know what their offer means to the other kids around the table, but to me it means Moms getting her name at the top of the transplant lists. It means Pops not working night shifts. It means three meals a day and more than one pair of jeans.
To me, this is  everything.

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Nyxia 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
CaptainsQuarters 16 days ago
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . Arrrrrr mateys this book be amazing! It has been compared to maze runner and illuminae. While I read both and enjoyed them, this one blows the competition out of the water. The characters are diverse, the plot is enthralling, the pace is blazing, the tension is fierce, and the story drew its hooks in me and wouldn't let go. Ten poor kids from all over Earth have been recruited by a corporation called Babel to travel to a distant planet to help mine a substance called nyxia. In doing so, they immediately benefit their families back home. There is one catch - they have to compete on the journey to earn the spots to be part of the final mission. Only 8 out of 10 will proceed. The story is told from the perspective of Emmett. He is an awesome protagonist who is determined to win but finds himself questioning the other players, the terms of the competition, and his own thoughts and motivations. Even though we see the world through Emmett's eyes, we still manage to learn plenty of the other characters and their motivations as well. I particularly loved Bilal and Kaya. The substance nyxia is crazy. I loved how it was used in space life and in the trials. There are also the hints of potential uses in the future. It kinda creeps me out and fascinates me all at the same time. This novel takes some of the tropes of the dystopian sci-fi young adult novels and turns them upside down. Also this has one of the best endings of a book one in a trilogy that I have read in a very long time. I cannot wait to get me hands on book two.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Interesting plot and characters make up this sci-fi offering which focuses on poor teenagers chosen to go into space by a mega-rich corporation. One catch is that not all of those chosen will actually get to go down to the planet they are headed to and intense competition will determine who does get to go to Eden.
ruthsic 8 months ago
The central plot of Nyxia can best be described as a mash-up of The Hunger Games in space and Avatar. A company called Babel recruits these teens for what is essentially mining jobs in a planet called Eden, for the substance vibranium nyxia, and in true capitalistic fashion, they (Babel) don't care what they have to do to get it. Conceptually, even if with the familiar inspiration behind it, it is interesting: a secretive company hiring poor teens promising them huge salaries is shady in any world, but combine that with the way they want to essentially colonize and siphon off Eden's most valuable resource and you have a conspiracy plot on your hands. Only thing is, I did not enjoy the way the book was actually WRITTEN. From the start, the book basically throws you directly into the plot with no introduction, no exposition and no explanation for the jargon that would be peppered throughout it. The story barely gives enough introduction to our protagonist, when suddenly you find out he is essentially in a contest against 9 other kids for a dangerous job, and they all are obsessed with winning right from the start. 99% of the book is the competition itself, with not much time given to developing any sub -plot. Even the one conspiracy arc was pushed aside by offing the character for man pain, and basically rendering her as a one-trick character. I liked the competition, honestly - it was different and interesting with nyxia thrown into the mix, but the book never stops to give any explanation for the dozen or so 'what?' and 'why?' questions that arise in the reader's head. To be sure, it had its good moments too - the competition strategies were inventive, and the diverse cast of characters from around the world brought in a varied perspective of the competition. For someone like Bilal, even the consolation prize would be enough, but for someone like Kaya, there was only Eden or bust. Longwei was an interesting character and I hope we get to see more into his heart in the next book, even if he was Emmett's nemesis for some time. The shadiness of the organization and the way they basically make their own rules was also brought out well - in space, they are basically running their own little dystopia. And despite the lower stakes of the competition (compared to outright death and last one wins) it does keep you on your toes, much like the contestants. The pace is fast, but the repetitiveness of the contests, even with the events on the Tower Space Station got tiring very fast. By that point, I was like, can we get onto something new please? The ending comes about - you guessed it - at their entry into the planet. Overall, it is a good concept, executed well enough, but I wish it was better written, and had more to work with than just a fierce competition. I will still continue with the series, because I am interested in what Eden will bring, but I am hoping the next one is light years ahead of this one. By the way, another book that does a similar concept, but better is The Final Six, which I couldn't help but compare it against while reading this one.
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
[NOTE: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.] A fast-paced and fun read, although in the end I wasn’t particularly impressed. Perhaps because, while I enjoy the ‘tournament’ trope to an extent, I’m happier when it doesn’t extend over the whole story? I liked reading about the competition at first, but towards the end of the book it left me somewhat cold, as the cool tasks from the beginning became repetitive. I think it’s also because in made little sense once the book reaches it turn after the 65% mark or so, and you realise that pitting them against each other like that from the beginning had a huge potential for backfiring (and, no surprise, it does). I was also on the fence regarding the nyxia mineral, which seems to be able to do everything, make coffee, just add water. I’m totally OK with a substance you can manipulate through willpower, and that may even be sentient to an extent, but I need some more explanation as to how this suddenly makes a space trip possible in 1 year instead of 27, for instance, or allows to create instant multi-language translators. As far as the characters go, they worked for me as a disparate group with strengths and weaknesses, and there are a few I liked well enough, like Kaya, probably the one smart enough to understand what’s really going on; yet individually, not many stood out, and I could only get a solid grasp on a couple of them rather than on the whole crew. As for the romance, it sprang up from nowhere, had no chemistry, and is to be filed under that category of insta-romance that is only here so that we can tick the box on the bingo sheet. (Seriously, why must YA books have romance everywhere? Half the time, it just doesn’t work.) Moreover, I’m not sure the attempt at bringing diversity worked too well, probably because we still end up with several Americans in the lot instead of having a really worldwide cast, and their cultural differences as a means of enriching their relationships and background weren’t really exploited. We see a little of it through Bilal and Azima, but the others? Not so much. They could all have been from the same city, in the end, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. There was much more potential than was actually exploited here, and that’s too bad. Conclusion: A story whose beginning was better, but that didn’t live up to the expectations it had set for me.
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
I heard good things about this book, so when I saw it on Penguin First To Read I took a chance and guaranteed a copy for myself. I started reading soon after… and it took me a long time to get through his one. Brief summary: a big corporation in the not-so-distant future has gathered a group of poor teenagers, offered them enough money to keep them and their families comfortable for life, and taken them aboard their space ship en-route to a new planet called Eden. They need the kids because the native peoples on this planet hate humans, but they have a deep affection for children and won’t hurt them. So, I’ll start with the negatives… * Early on I was honestly bored. This book had a little bit of a Divergent feel to it, but I didn’t really feel any emotion or connection to the characters. I think part of the problem was that they dumped SO many characters on us at once. By about 15% things were looking up and I was enjoying it a little more. * The main character, Emmett, has some characteristics that bothered me. He would call his parents “moms and pops” – I’ve heard pops before, but something about moms just grated on me. It’s a personal thing, not a deal breaker. * The other thing Emmett did that drove me crazy was saying things like “I filed that under A for Anger” all the time. They finally explained WHAT that was all about, but it was too little too late for me. The annoyance was firmly there. * Too many characters were introduced all at once and I was really never given a chance to really get to know them. Not even the one involved with the first big plot twist around 30%. Had I been really given a chance to connect with that character I might have gotten bent out of shape. * The villains were a little one dimensional. I’m hoping they will evolve when it comes to book 2. Okay, all that said, there were a lot of things I DID like. I mean, I’m giving it 4 stars after all. * This book is very creative. Just the concept of Nyxia (this alien material that can be controlled by your thoughts) is fascinating as all get out. There’s more to the substance than we know as well, it’s already been alluded to, and I look forward to finding out more. * The challenges the kids underwent were also very creative and unique. They got a little repetitive at times, but overall I did enjoy them. * This book is as about diverse as one can imagine. The protagonist is African American from Detroit, his bestie on board the ship is from the Middle East. His roommate is from Asia. There’s tons of representation in this book and it was pretty awesome. * The plot twist at the end. I did NOT see that coming. I was left speechless. With an ending like that there’s no way I can skip book 2. So, should you read this? If you’re looking for a (mostly) unique Sci-Fi teen novel, this might just do the trick. It has a few flaws, but on a whole the creative and unique bits (and that ending!!!) make for a pretty compelling read.
Pens-and-Parchment More than 1 year ago
This book is a special one, my friends. I have to be honest, I was happy to be approved for this on Netgalley, but I didn’t expect to find my next top read of 2017. Much to my excitement, that’s exactly what I got. Nyxia is the kind of YA book that raises the bar. After reading so much of one genre, you start to notice that the characters sound the same, and the writing all tells the same story (even if you still enjoy the book). But Nyxia is completely different, it’s the exact story that I look for in YA, the one that keeps me engaged and flipping pages because I have no idea where the plot is headed. Scott Reintgen’s writing sucked me in from the first page, and I’m now a die-hard fan for this series! To get it out of the way, I will mention the only thing that I was slightly disappointed by. This book is marketed as a sci-fi, which it definitely is. But once you get past the idea that they’re on a space ship headed towards a new planet, the story reads much more like a dystopia (probably the best dystopia you’ve read in your whole life, though). I do wish that we had gotten to see more stars and rockets and traditional spacey stuff, but I have a feeling we’ll be getting tons more of that in future books. On to the amazing stuff (there’s a lot of it, trust me)! If I had to pick one reason that this book immediately stands out for me, it’s the narration. Emmett is such a real, down-to-earth, average kid – the type of character I never feel like I get to read about at the center of a YA book. He’s not a special snowflake, he doesn’t win all the competitions, and he makes a lot of human mistakes. Even though I have very little in common with Emmett personally, I felt very strongly for him and his story. He has guts and confidence, and never lets reality get too far away from him. But don’t worry, Emmett certainly won’t be the only character bringing out all the feels! Nyxia has one of the most AMAZING group of characters that I’ve ever read about, and, not to mention, the most diverse! I’m not just saying that for blogger brownie points – all of the kids selected for the competition come from different countries, so that we see a wide-range of cultural ideals, sexualities, traditions, even languages! You could tangibly sense how much richer the story was because of it; each character felt complex, multifaceted, and like a real human. We don’t just see names attached to a one-sided cardboard cutout based on some stereotype. In addition to the characters’ individual identities, Reingten does a mind-blowing job at breaking those YA tropes that even the best of stories often succumb to. My personal favorite is Emmett’s friendship with Kaya, a compassionate and wicked smart girl from Japan (if my memory serves). The possibility of romance is never once on the table, their friendship is so genuine and adorable! I honestly have never read about a boy/girl friendship in YA that doesn’t at least mention the idea of romantic attraction, so this was truly a breath of fresh air! Also, Reintgen makes it clear every kid in the competition has a family that struggles financially, some more than others. While this does serve as a plot device and character motivation, we get to see how each character deals with financial instability, or even poverty, in their own way. It's an extremely important topic that I've rarely seen dealt with in YA before. Overall, Reintgen crafts a heart-pounting interstellar adventure you will not want to finish!
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
Let’s make it official: Books set in space are the ABSOLUTE BEST! They’re always futuristic, which makes the world something you know as well as don’t and the plot twists that most of them house are absolutely INSANE. They almost always have morally ambiguous characters that you love and THEY’RE THE BEST, OKAY? I’ve had Scott Reintgen’s debut novel on my bookish radar for a while before I got the chance to read it and now that I’m done, I HAVE to say that Nyxia is ABSOLUTELY MIND BLOWING and the Reintgen is an EVIL GENIUS and I needed the next instalment in my life YESTERDAY. MY THOUGHTS: 1. The very first thing I felt as I flipped open this book was confusion. THERE WERE 10+ CHARACTERS INTRODUCED AND DESCRIBED ALL AT ONE TIME AND IT WAS HARD TO KEEP UP. And then the MC used the phrase ‘A politically correct suicide squad’ to describe them and I knew we were going to be okay. 2. It took a while for me to get past my initial confusion and remember all the characters but as I grew more accustomed to the world Nyxia was set in, the more I loved it. And obsessed about it. And needed answers and happy endings for my darling muffin characters. (P.s: If you can’t tell, I fell in love with the book) 3. Nyxia revolves around a group of 10 misfit, broken teenagers being taken into space and to another planet (Eden) that hosts sentient life forms (Adamites) and mine a substance worth billions of dollars (Nyxia) and over the course of their yearlong travel, they have to compete against each other in daily tests for only eight out of the ten will get send down and the other two, back to Earth. It was INTENSE, complicated, filled with adrenaline and twists and I was SAD AND HORRIFIED when I reached the end because I NEED BOOK TWO NOW. 4. I fell in love with Emmett. FAST. He was the PERFECT morally ambiguous character who questioned the boundaries of good and bad as well as right and wrong. I loved his determination and grit and NEED TO BE THE BEST. He was calculating and loyal and ruthless at times and I LOVED IT. 5. Nyxia was FILLED WITH 800,000 PLOT TWISTS THAT LEFT MY MOUTH HANGING AND MY HEAD CURSING SCOTT REINTGEN FOR PUTTING MY POOR HEART THROUGH IT ALL. I was blindsided, and all my #feels were thrown on a rollercoaster and it was one of the BEST EXPERIENCES EVER. 6. I loved the competitive atmosphere this book created. Nyxia contained an arena and tests worthy of The Hunger Games but set in SPACE and with VOLUNTARY TRIBUTES which just made it better. I loved the competition and the need to win in all the secondary characters especially Kaya. 7. REALLY, THIS BOOK WAS PERFECTION AND YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIVES. Nyxia was EVERYTHING I thought it would be and more. A jaw dropping, PERFECT debut novel that is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Illuminae.
LittleFoxAndReads More than 1 year ago
Nyxia is an action-packed, intense YA Sci-fi novel that will hook you from the very beginning and pull you in deeper with every page. It has one of the most ethnically-diverse set of characters I’ve seen in YA. The complexity of each character and the depth in which the book explores emotional conflict is truly amazing. Emmett, an African-American teen from Brooklyn, is recruited by a powerful corporation to compete for a position on a secret mission in another planet. Eight teens chosen out of ten competitors will travel to a foreign planet to retrieve a newly-discovered, highly-sought substance – Nyxia. Earning a position on this mission will guarantee a mind-boggling amount of money and advantages for family. Emmett finds himself signing a contract and soon he’s pitted against nine other teens from all over the world who must compete for one of the eight available spots. Hi-tech-based competitions await them on their journey in space, each designed to challenge their mental capacities, physical abilities and, most of all, their moral values and limits. Emmett is a genuine person and his sharp-wit and combat strength help him in many of the competitions, but he’s faced with dilemma after dilemma – what is he willing to do to win? We follow as he constantly battles with himself over who to trust and where to draw the line as to how far he’ll go. As Emmett navigates his new life, he also can’t help question Babel corporation’s motive. Why were these ten kids chosen? And most importantly: What will ultimately be required of them for the final prize? Despite coming from different countries and backgrounds, all these competitors have one thing common that makes them equally desperate and conflicted. Narrated from Emmett’s first person point of view, the book had me especially attached to him, but I found myself rooting for the others as well. You might be thinking that the side characters are too many to keep up with, but everything is balanced in a way that you get insight into all of them without feeling overwhelmed. Each of these characters have strengths & flaws, and well fleshed-out personalities. I absolutely loved Emmett as our main character. His competitiveness and focused determination was refreshing. Of course, I also loved the side characters. The writing, the pacing and overall high-stakes feel really worked for me. I enjoyed the non-stop action and all the cool technology. The twists and turns in this book had me panicking one too many times. I can’t believe how long I’ll have to wait for Book 2! I NEED IT NOW.
paisleypikachu More than 1 year ago
I think it’s safe to say that NYXIA is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read in a really long time. I picked this one up because I kept seeing it comped to Ender’s Game and The Hunger Games. And yes, it uses some of the same elements and tropes that are found in those books, but it’s also SO much more. The best thing about Nyxia is it’s characters. The cast is so full, so dynamic and diverse, with every single character exuding unique personalities. The main character, Emmett, is so easy to follow. It’s his story, his journey, and he definitely shines on the page. But the rest of the characters add so much to the story and are written so vividly that I can remember all of them specifically after finishing the book. Nyxia’s plot is so much fun. It does have elements that have been done before- a class competing against one another in space- but it throws in some curveballs that I never saw coming. The alien substance itself, Nyxia, was really cool to see used in the story, and I felt that the author was very imaginative with it. And then there’s the ending! This book builds and builds and builds to the climax and then BAM! There’s a huge cliffhanger that I’m definitely not over. I absolutely loved this book and so so sooo recommend it to everyone, but especially to those who are looking for a strong sci-fi story. And while you all go devour this book, I’ll be sitting over here biting my nails until book two!
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
With a nod towards Ender's Game, this tale rockets into high-level adrenaline scenes with characters, who hit home and refuse to leave even after the last page. Emmett is a teen from rough circumstances in Detroit, and he has no idea what he's about to get himself into. But then, the other recruits for a space voyage to a planet named Eden aren't any wise than him. The promise of money—lots of it—is all that counts for these kids, who want nothing more than to save themselves and their families. Soon, Emmett discovers that the money is well-earned as he enters a year long competition—the same time it takes for the space ship to travel to the planet—in which the 'best' of them are chosen to continue with the mission. This competition is much worse than it sounds. . .but then, the corporation seems to be keeping all sorts of secrets. Deadly ones. This is a thrilling book from start to finish. Emmett's introduced with all the normality of an average teen, but one who is accustom to struggling for every step in life. He wants nothing more than to find a way to bring his family out of their dire, financial state, and it's this selfless attitude along with his desire to fight, which make him so easy to cheer for. But he isn't alone. The characters are set against each other, each battling to their limits to reach their goals. Still, the author manages to find a heartening balance between heartless competition and friendship, which make this an inspiring read. The relationships and situations create food for thought, and make every character stand as their own pillar in the plot. Tension and high-stakes greet from every chapter. It's not a light book but holds moments of aggression and violence. Still, there's enough moments of sacrifice, compassion and loyalty to balance out the more raw moments. It's the type of read which holds edge-of-the-seat tension, unexpected twists, hidden layers of intrigue and tons of hope as well. This is a read science fiction and fantasy friends ages 10 and up are sure to devour. I received a complimentary copy from Blogging for Books and was so engrossed by this story that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
Nyxia is a fast paced, hard hitting, epic ride! This one will take you on exciting twists and turns! YA sci-fi lovers rejoice! This one has a highly developed cast, a gripping story-line, and plenty of sci-fi bits to keep you furiously turning the pages! Man, oh man, did I love this one! Firstly, it was told from a male character's point of view, which is quite refreshing in a ya world of female pov's. Secondly, it had a highly diverse group of characters, that were each developed in their own, unique way. And, thirdly, despite some of the usual ya tropes being used, the story was intense, emotional, and exciting! The writing was impeccable! It was engaging, captivating, and exciting. It flowed and painted a picture in my mind so seamlessly while I was reading! The plot was so exciting! Yes, it had the competition trope and reminded me of The Hunger Games, but it was well done, original, and had several twists to it. It was gripping and surprising at times. It also offered a sense of emotional self realization, and a struggle between power and humanity among the characters! And, the characters! The characters were the most interesting aspects of the story! Our main character, Emmett was an African American from Detroit, with a love for old school music, and a sense of right and wrong instilled in him by his father. My favorite character, Kaya, was an adorable, intelligent girl from Japan. Our big hearted character, Bilal, hailed from Palestine. We had a warrior girl, named Azima, from Kenya. Jazzy was an athletic, southern belle from Tennessee. The fiercest competitor, Longwei, was from China or Mongolia, I believe. The comedian of the group, Katsu, was Japanese. Our serious guy, Jaime, was from Switzerland. And the couple of the group, Roathy and Isadora, were from Brazil. We also had a Cinna type character, whom I secretly adored, named Vandemeer.  The characters built friendships. Some built relationships. Others made enemies. There was competition, laughter, respect, betrayal, and animosity amidst the group. The dynamics were striking and emotional! I loved reading a ya book from a different perspective! I loved the diversity, the intriguing story, and the fully realized characters and world. This one was a real pager turner with drive and power! Imagine my sadness when I found out book 2 won't be out until July of 2018! Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with this free copy in exchange for my honest review! 
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I love the cover on this book. I don't read a lot of science fiction, however, when I saw the cover (1st appeal), then read the description (2nd appeal), I decided what the heck. This is a young adult book and the characters are young. So some of the attitudes and conversations may seem juvenile, but I still think that it is a great book for adults as well. I had some problems getting a few of the descriptions going in my head, but I think it's my flaw, not the books. I didn't realize until I went to write this review that it's a triad (three part series). I knew there had to be when I finished the book just due to the ending. All in all, I found this to be a entertaining read. I also look forward to reading the next book which deals with Eden. Thanks to Random House Childrens, Crown Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
I’ll say right off the bat that “Nyxia” borrowed quite a few elements from other science-fiction and dystopian works. That being said, it didn’t diminish my enjoyment. It was a quick read that left me wanting more. Emmett is complex, as are the secondary characters, and there are definitely deeper things going on that I want to know about. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait for the second book. The cast of characters is extremely diverse. This is a good setup to the rest of the trilogy that I can easily recommend to those who enjoy science-fiction or dystopian novels. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written fun read!
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was an amazing story. I wasn’t overly sure what I was getting into when I picked up this debut novel by Scott Reintgen but I wasn’t expecting THAT. I thought I was going to get some fluffy fantasy novel about teens being on a spaceship heading to a new planet. Maybe find a little love, butt heads, and in the end be your typical young adult read, but in space. What I wasn’t expecting was this high energy mash-up of Hunger Games, The 100, Ender’s Game, and Avatar. Without going into too much, Emmet and nine other teens from around the world are chosen for an important mission. Go to a planet currently inhabited by a species called Adamites and mine a very precious and unique substance called nyxia that has the ability to transform into any object. However, things aren’t as easy as that. Even though the company Babel allowed ten teens on the ship, only eight are allowed to step foot on Eden. Those eight will not only reap the rewards of exploring a new planet and interacting with the Adamites, they will also get $50,000 a month along with free medical care for them and their family for the rest of their lives Given that each of the kids on the ship all came from poor families and/or have family members with life threatening medical conditions, they all want that money. The selection process of who gets to go to Eden is determined by daily challenges that will not only test their physical strength, but their mental strength as well. If only the story was just that, but of course the author put in some twists and turns that always keeps the main character and the reader on their toes right up until the very last word, and there’s no way I’m ruining it for you guys. Even though the book follows Emmet, it’s so hard to not become attached to all the other kids on the ship. Okay, maybe not all the kids. There were a few that made it really hard to like, but you never truly wanted to see them hurt. Even when they were trying to sabotage and sometimes kill the other, it was hard to hate them. Some of these kids have family members back home who need the medical care in order to live, while others didn’t even have a roof over their head prior to boarding the spaceship. Each and every one of them were fighting for something other than themselves. So, when one of them gets hurt, it was hard to not be affected by it. Like I said, the author didn’t write a straight forward story. There’s so much more that goes on in this book that really ups the ante. The fact that Nyxia is just the introduction of the big picture and only follows Emmet while he goes through the rigorous competition, leaves me clamoring to get my hands on the next book. We never even got to see Eden or the Ademite population. It’s said that they cherish children and won’t hurt the teens but you have to wonder how much of that is true. Especially given all the stuff that Babel put the kids through. It makes you wonder what will really happen when they step foot on Eden. Will the Adamites really welcome them? What about when the teens start mining their nyxia? Is Babel only interested in the nyxia or do they have something else up their sleeve? One thing is for sure, I will be impatiently waiting for the next book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I was worried the hype for this book was all marketing but it's real! Loved the character dynamics and the competition. I'm excited for the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I did not know what I was getting into with this book when I first opened it. I really just loved the cover. This book was a rollercoaster. There were a lot of ups and downs that I experiences with Emmett. Emmett comes from a family who doesn't have a lot of money, so when Babel offers him the chance to go to space and earn a lot of money for his family, he takes it. However, he doesn't know what he is getting into. Babel has a lot of secrets and a lot of surprises, and I feel like all of them are completed unexpected. I gave this four stars instead of five because I felt like it took a long time to read. It almost felt like a 700 page book, not a 380 page book. While I loved every minute of it, I just kept thinking "Wow! This is taking forever! When am I going to get to the end?" I am not sure why I felt this way, but I just thought I would never get through it. That being said, I really enjoyed the writing style. I thought the book was very well written and had a lot of surprises. I ended up just giving up on trying to figure out what would come next because I honestly just didn't know. It was interesting to see how the characters progressed throughout the book. I can't wait for book two so I can find out what happens next!
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
Are you a fan of Ender's Game? Read this book. Are you a fan of YA Science Fiction? Read this book. Are you a fantasy fan who is willing to try a book that happens to take place in space? Read this book. I've been reading a lot of YA science fiction lately and am in awe of how excellent the field is right now. Nyxia is the perfect example of that. It's a story at once both familiar and new. It's also a perfect blending of fantasy and science fiction that I think will appeal to both audiences. When I first started reading, I was struck by the similarities to Ender's Game (which just happens to be one of my favorite childhood books/series). However, Nyxia took the good parts - namely the competitions, the lovable characters, and the aliens- and then proceeded to add an additional layer of diversity and depth to everything. There's cool advanced technology without the technobabble that I know is incomprehensible or intimidating to some readers. Of course, that could partially be due to the fact that the advanced tech is based on nyxia, a substance that seems as if it would be more at home in a fantasy novel. Most of the plot takes place on Babel's spaceship, centered around the competition to determine who will descend to Eden. The challenges continually change and it was fascinating to see how the characters adapted to them and dealt with the pressure. The space limitations due to the spaceship setting allowed the authors to really develop the characters and their relationships as well as explore what effects the competition had on them. There were brief sections featuring scenes that took place elsewhere that served to increase the sense of mystery and danger surrounding Babel. The plot was relatively straightforward but certainly compelling. The true strength of this novel lay in the characters. From Emmett, the flawed but relatable protagonist, to Bilal, the eternal optimist, to Kaya, the brilliant mastermind, you will fall in love with all of them. I did have my favorites (namely the three above) but each character was so unique, I know that other readers will have their own favorites. All of the characters were incredibly realistic and I have rarely seen a more diverse cast of characters in YA science fiction. Even if I didn't love the storyline, I'd have read this book only for the characters. Nyxia also has a significant amount of social commentary. The backstory of each character reveals the injustices and inequalities that currently exist in their world (and ours as well). While all of them were thought-provoking, Emmett's story nearly broke my heart. His family has worked themselves to the bone and have no hope of advancing beyond a paycheck to paycheck existence. His mother desperately needs better medical care than they have access to, which led to Emmett signing up with Babel in exchange for money and guaranteed care for her. Most YA books suffer from missing parent syndrome so it was nice to see one where the parents were so present and had such a strong and loving bond with their son. Even though Nyxia isn't out yet, I'm already anticipating the sequel. Nyxia is the perfect combination of science fiction and fantasy with characters that will make you fall in love. Definitely one of the best science fiction books I've read lately. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
TheLiteraryEmpress More than 1 year ago
Full review can be found at Theliteraryempress on Wordpress, or @literaryempress on social media. To my surprise, this was the book I needed to get me out of my slump. It’s not an exceptional-blow-your-mind type of science fiction, but rather a slow-burning-engaging sort. Let us start with the basics: Character, Plot, and Craft. THERE’S A GUY MAIN CHARACTER!!!!!!! Well, now that I’ve shouted that out into the universe… But in all honesty, it was so nice to have a male main character. I’m all for female empowerment, but I feel that that is ALL YA has become— badass ladies fighting with swords. I’m not against it, but some change is nice. Now, Nyxia does have some pretty badass lady casting, and it just keeps getting better until the end. Emmett proves a character worth exploring. From start to finish the development put into Emmett is Class-A crafting on Scott’s part. Everyone should know by now I’m really into characters who develop, who change, who transform over the course of the book, and I was not disappointed. The rest of the Genesis 11 cast also surprised me at varying turns. The most memorable moment of characters that will stick with me is a scene in Day 50- page 180ish. Everyone at this point knows Babel chose the misfits and broken for this endeavor, but none of them have shared how they are broken. This scene is where the recruits sit around playing cards while they tell each other why they’re here, why they need the money to send home, why they’re willing to break themselves for a chance to win. Handled with tact and a delicate hand, the mood changes from funny, to sorrowful, to something inexpressible. It brings to light something that happens everyday, we see people without seeing them, knowing their story; we assume. Maybe it’s just me, but this scene impacted me far beyond the story. On matters of craft I have one main thing I would like to point out: I DO NOT BELIEVE IN INSTALOVE! Hear me universe? So when an insta-romance happens, I’m cringing. I get it, it feels okay, but I disapprove. And granted, if you’re in space and there are very few people and you’re an emotional teenager… sure, instalove cures all. Moving right along… the characters are the strongest craft in Nyxia; believable, broken, engaging. You feel for every single one of them (even the bad ones). I won’t say the prose is in-your-face fantastic, but the subtle ways it holds the reader, how it DOESN’T bring attention to itself is a strong point. I love pretty sentences, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it’s a struggle to say WOW! LOOK AT THIS SENTENCE and still remain engaged with the characters and plot. One final note about this type of prose… just because I say it’s EASY to read does not equate to bad prose, it means I didn’t stop every few pages and think “what did I just read?” Now, I went into this not realizing it was a trilogy and from a plot point I was like… THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH PAGES LEFT! And there are some definite twists I didn’t see coming- but, Spoilers. ;) Overall, Nyxia gave me everything I wanted in a space read. Spaceship; Secrets; Stolen moments… It was a good read, solid and stable after a major reading slump. In terms of a debut book, Scott Reintgen does a fantastic job, and I am so thrilled to see this trilogy continue and what awaits these characters. I have to give Nyxia 4 stars, because I feel like I’ll come back to it and find more hidden depths. -The Literary Empress
MyThoughtsareaBlog More than 1 year ago
Full Spoiler-Free Review Here: http://www.mythoughtsareablog.com/2017/09/book-review-nyxia-by-scott-reintgen_14.html "But they don't tell you the pain comes with you. They don't tell you that hurt travels light-speed too." - Scott Reintgen, Nyxia I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Nyxia hooks you from the beginning and takes you along on this amazing journey through space and the teenage mindset. I am not usually one for Science Fiction, but this book is so much more than the fancy spaceships and distant planets. It is about heart and the heart comes from the characters. Reintgen's collection of characters is the most diverse bunch of people that I have read in a novel. Kids from all countries and walks of life are represented in this book and I fell in love with each and everyone one of them. With such a plethora of characters, it is easy to lose the more special details, but I didn't once lose interest in this group. Each and every one offered a unique perspective on the mission and the environment around them. All the interactions between them served a purpose and the relationships formed never once took away from the action and suspense of the story. The writing was seamless. There were never moments of drag or overwhelming detail. The setting, the characters, and the plot were all explained beautifully and even within the confining setting of a space ship in the loneliness of the galaxy, the world of Nyxia seemed larger than life. Now let's talk about Emmett for a moment. The main character of Detroit native Emmett Atwater is a breath of fresh air. Emmett has this rawness that makes him seem so real, but he also has a refinement about him that I enjoyed. He is quite intuitive and I think that comes from having street smarts from Detroit. He is loyal and the bond he has with his parents is my favourite. You will see Emmett change over the course of the novel, but not so that his core demeanor changes. He gets stronger and wiser, but stays true to himself in the process. I hope you like Emmett as much as I do! Overall I give this book 5/5 stars. It was brilliantly written and the story was easy to get lost in. The complexity of the world created an amazing reading experience and I will most likely be reading this again. If you enjoy fast sci-fi reads then I implore you to pick this beauty up! It is available now at your favourite bookstores! Let me know if you read it and what your thoughts are! Happy Reading! - Haley
Karen_Benson More than 1 year ago
Wow! Incredible premise that was a mix of The Hunger Games meets Red Rising meets Ender's Game. Nyxia was an action packed sci-fi story that had me hooked from the first chapter. Emmett finds himself the winner of a lottery and packed up on a space ship heading to a new planet called Eden with 9 other teens from all walks of life. During the year long journey, the teens are brutally competing against each other to win a spot to land planetside to be able to mine the substance Nyxia. If they win, they become millionaires and their families benefit tremendously. Along the way, the reader learns about Emmett and each of his shipmates. We also learn about the sinister corporation funding the entire operation. I seriously couldn't get enough of this story and wanting to learn more of the seemingly sentient nyxia, and the world it comes from. The protagonist comes from a poor but good hearted family and he brings those values to the competition. ...Most of the time. I devoured this book and it's going to be extremely hard to wait until the rest of the series is released. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for an advanced copy!
BookDragonGirl More than 1 year ago
Nyxia was a really unique book. When I started reading it, I thought a little of hunger games with all the competition. But I soon realized this was its own story and a pretty intense one at times too. Emmett is the main character, and I grew to really like him. He is such a good kid. He came from a good family, and has good values. It is this that makes him outstanding amongst the other kids. You see Emmett, like the others, was recruited by the Babel Corporation to enter the spaceship going to Eden. Once on the ship they were to compete. There were 10 of them, but only 8 would go to Eden. The competition was designed to prepare them for what they would, or could, go through on Eden. They had technology never seen before to learn to use. The competition got pretty intense. But the rewards of going to Eden meant everything to these kids!! Some of the kids were ruthless. Some were skilled. Some were plain desperate. And some became like family to each other. I LOVED reading this book!! It left on a cliffhanger, so I'm hoping it won't be too long before the next book comes out!! But, I really do recommend this!! If you like science fiction, with some action/adventure, a bit of a thriller....you LOVE Nyxia!!!!
Rebecca_J_Allen More than 1 year ago
Could turn down an offer of immense wealth and free healthcare for your mother with cancer? What if that offer would send you to the far end of the universe? Emmett and nine other teens are given the opportunity to join a team to mine Nyxia from a far planet. We accompany Emmett as he fights for a spot on the team, faces the bait-and-switch tactics of the company running the mining operation, and strives to find friendship amidst the cut-throat competition he’s been thrown into. Nyxia is action-packed and fast paced. I enjoyed the creative competitions these kids had fight their way through for spots on the team and well as the fabulous properties of Nyxia, the valuable substance they'll be mining. I found myself rooting for Emmett and even sympathizing with some of his less ethical competitors as the grueling contest drew to a close and the stakes got higher. Each character had something to lose if they didn't make the team. I also found myself wondering exactly what the young miners would find when they reach their Eden, the destination planet. Nyxia is a fun read, great for lovers of sci fi and action-adventure. I requested an advanced reader copy of NYXIA in exchange for an unbiased review. Do you love young adult science fiction and fantasy too? Stop by on Twitter to say "hi." I'm at @RebeccaJ_Allen. I've got more reviews on my website writerebeccawrite.com.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“You get in there and fight, Emmett. Be worthy. Not in their eyes, but in yours. Break the rules if you need to, but never forget who you are and where you come from. When they knock you down, and they will, don’t you quit on me.” I think this is now my favorite SciFi. Bold statement, I know, but I just really loved it (even more than Illuminae). Nyxia follows 10 teens from around the globe as they are chosen by the Babel Corporation to compete for a chance at adventure, money, fame, and glory while mining the super material Nyxia, from a planet Babel has kept hidden for decades. Nyxia is a story of action, adventure, mystery, and discovering who you are as a person and how far you’re willing to go to get what you want. Things I Liked: This is probably the most diverse SciFi book I’ve ever read. Our main character Emmett Atwater is a black teen from Detriot. A BLACK MALE TEEN IS THE LEAD OF A SCIFI NOVEL! We have characters from Japan, Palestine, Brazil, Switzerland, Kenya, all across the globe. Even Marcus Dufoe, the CEO/leader of their competition is a black man. Emmett is such a fantastic character. Coming from a poor family, he is determined to make it to Eden and secure his family's future, while struggling with losing himself in the competition. Emmett feels the weight of history on his shoulders and recognizes freedom and choice are not provided to everyone, and he works damn hard to get what he wants. He is such a strong character and has a great POV that is really easy to connect to. The sense of family in the book was the absolute greatest. Emmett’s dad is the best fictional dad I have ever seen in my life. He radiates care and love and affection. He is who all dads should aspire to be. The competitors also develop this great little found family aboard the ship. They spend time together and develop their own slang. They just really become a close-knit group, which makes the competition more intense! I loved all of the training and competitions in the story. The action starts up pretty immediately, and never really lets up. The challenges are cyclical, but the story never feels repetitive. Things I Didn’t Like: I was indifferent or annoyed at all of the budding romances in the story. I felt like we didn’t get to see enough of the characters interact to make me believe in their relationships. I truly loved this story, and it made me want to read more SciFi. I loved seeing Babel and finding out more of their secrets and seeing our characters rise to the occasion and fighting for not only themselves, but their families. The world is incredible vibrant and full of an amazing cast of characters. Nyxia was gripping and engaging and promises and stunning sequel. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
With the competition between the recruits, think The Hunger Games or Divergent set in space, and you'll get the general feel of Nyxia. I recently read a similar book in which several characters are pitted against each other in a tournament, but had difficulty distinguishing between them. With Nyxia, it's quite the opposite - the diverse cast of characters, whether friends or enemies, are fully realized, with a variety of motivations and flaws. The story leans heavily on the competition, and there are some harrowing moments, but also includes heart-wrenching subplots, unexpected twists, and surprising discoveries, indicating all may not be as it seems. Emmett made a couple of choices that surprised me - one a dangerous risk that seemed out of character, and the other something near the end that seemed sudden and out of place. If you're a sci-fi fan, Nyxia has much to offer with a fast pace, mystery, competition, and fantastic character development. Be warned - it ends with a cliffhanger, and I'll be needing that second book sooner rather than later. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.