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Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,278 Ratings  ·  902 Reviews
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 a
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Scott Reintgen Hi Savanah,

Thank you for the question. I wouldn't categorize the book as religious. Emmett discusses what he thinks about religion and God…more
Hi Savanah,

Thank you for the question. I wouldn't categorize the book as religious. Emmett discusses what he thinks about religion and God occasionally throughout the story. So while I am personally a Christian, the book itself is following a character who most likely is not. As for the references, I think the Bible is pretty rich ground for allusions, comparisons, etc. Babel's whole endeavor really draws on that story of man wanting to build his way to God (or become Him). So rather than writing in the tradition of someone like C.S. Lewis (who did a lot of direct analogy), I try to write with themes that reflect what I believe. A strong one in this first book would be the idea of mercy. Not exclusive to Christianity, but certainly a very important part of it. That idea of withholding rightful or deserved punishment. The other books will focus on other themes (family, hope, grace, etc.) Hope this answers your question!(less)
Scott Reintgen Hi Lisa, not sure how I missed this question! It says it was posted 41 days ago, but this is the first time I've seen it pop in. I'd say that a young…moreHi Lisa, not sure how I missed this question! It says it was posted 41 days ago, but this is the first time I've seen it pop in. I'd say that a young person can definitely handle the content. I usually say that if a kid can handle reading The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner, they'll be just fine stepping into this book. I've seen as young as 4th grade read it.

The themes are pretty straightforward. What do you do when you have a lottery-ticket chance and other people are reaching for your ticket? What parts of your humanity would you be willing to let slip through your fingers? And at the same time, how do we come to make family amongst our competitors, and can we really resist becoming friends with certain people who share our background or experiences? There are also some conversations around mercy and other concepts that I think are positive for young people, although at the end of the day, it's just meant to be a very entertaining story.(less)

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Marie Lu
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A high-octane thriller with a fully realized, complex cast and twists at every turn. Scott Reintgen knows exactly how to hook you into a story from the first line and keep you flying through the pages until you've reached the wild ending!
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Em by: Sana
Shelves: 2017-reads

well, sometimes it lasts in love sometimes you end up two starring the book instead

i am a huge fan of space (both outer and personal) and i feel like nasa should strongly consider volunteer applicants even if they have no prior experience and just think space is cool and want to be hurtled into the moon. because i really think it's time gravity lets go of me and i start floating above cities and clouds to space and beyond

so you understand why it came as a shock to me that i did not love a book a
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Wow! This book was pretty freaking awesome!

Since it doesn't come out until Sept. 2017, I'm going to keep it short and no spoilers.

Emmett is one of 10 teens picked to go to the planet Eden. They are going to meet a new species there and try to set up a good life on Eden. They have some work to do there. They have to mine a substance called, Nyxia. It's pretty cool stuff too.

The kids are put through some rigorous training like fighting, terrain issues, work they have to do there and a few other
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Buddy Read with Solomon & Elise

“But they don’t tell you the pain comes with you. They don’t tell you that hurt travels at light-speed too.”

This is easily one of the best books I've read all year. I can't wait for everyone to be able to read this in September when it releases. This book is the YA Sci-Fi book I've been waiting for my entire life.

Growing up, you guys might have learned about the story of Tower o
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Penguin Teen
That cover. All the heart eyes. Honestly, I didn't even read the description before hitting that request button faster than I could blink; I had seen some fantastic early reviews for Nyxia and I'm a bonafide, card carrying member of the "judge a book by it's cover" club. I know, that's terrible for a book blogger to admit but it's the truth and there you go. I've been finding the young adult space exploration novels a bit hit or miss lately; I'm really drawn to the idea of them but sometimes the ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: if you've already read Illuminae you should read this, if not go read Illuminae
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
3.75 stars.

Well, wow. This book was pretty amazing. If you're a huge fan of SciFi, add this to your tbr because it's literally so fucking awesome. I mean, The Hunger Games, but in space!!!! And god that ending??? I need the next book now, please.

This book is about 10 teens chosen to mine a mysterious substance, nyxia, on a newly discovered planet. Throughout the book, they are trained to fight and survive for the life on Eden. In exchange for helping Babel, their families are cared for, given t
Pouting Always
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Emmett Atwater gets the opportunity of a life time when along with nine other teenagers he is recruited by Babel Corporation. Yet Emmett knows better than anyone that everything comes at a cost, especially when he sees that all the other recruits are poor too. Soon they're all told that they will be competing against one another and that only eight of them will be able to go through to Eden, the Planet where they will be working, in the end. Emmett know's he has to win, this opportunity will imp ...more
Kaylin (The Hiatus Queen)
4.5 Stars


“When you look back, it won’t be mercy you regret.”

Taking place in a near-future where mankind discovered a habitable planet, a corporation creates a challenge to send young-adults who will mine a mysterious new element known as Nyxia. Ten teenagers are recruited into the program, though only eight will make it through.

Scott Reintgen’s debut is a wonderfully introspective story that puts great twists on tropes made popular by the Hunger-Games-esque dystopians that surged
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hunger Games fans
4.5 stars, rounding up, for this YA SF adventure, just published on Sept. 12, 2017. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

A group of teenagers, engaged in a deadly serious game-like competition. Life-changing fortunes are at stake, if not life itself. An ominously secretive corporation pulling the strings.

Many of the elements in Nyxia are familiar, but Scott Reintgen combines them with some more unusual plot features ― a worldwide cast that is primarily of minority races and nationali
1.75 stars.

I honestly didn’t expect much from this book and yet somehow it still managed to disappoint me because apparently whenever em and I start a buddy read, the universe decides it’s time to fuck us over. I didn’t outright hate it, but I spent almost the entire time I was reading this bored out of my mind. I just have such apathy towards this book that I don’t even want to write a review, but just because my bitter ass can’t resist the chance to be salty I’ll leave you with a mini rant.

 ⚔ Sh3lly ⚔
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
RELEASE DAY: SEPT 12, 2017! - I really liked this. Is it too early to ask when the next one is coming out?!

Review also found at The Paranormal Paladin.

Emmett Atwater is one of ten teens picked by a multi-billion dollar corporation called Babel Communications to travel through space to a planet to help mine a new, amazing element/metal/compound called nyxia. (There is actually a reason why it can only be teenagers, but... spoiler.)

Once the paperwork has been signed and they are onboard, Bable pu
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, ya, arc, science-fiction
2.5 stars

I file this book under M for meh.

This book was fun, to say the least. It could be easily read in one sitting. Competition –at least for me- is always entertaining to read about and I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of this trope. However, fun isn’t enough.

When the Babel Corporation chooses Emmet to go to a new planet, he doesn’t think twice about accepting their offer. After all, the 50 000$ each month for the rest of his life isn’t something he can refuse, especially that he’s family

Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Emmett Atwater had no clue why he'd been recruited by the Babel Corporation but now that he has heard their proposal he knows there is no way he could pass the opportunity by. Babel has recruited ten teens from around the world and offered them a contract with so many promises and opportunities involved Emmett knows it would help his family tremendously.

The contract is offered to get the recruits to leave Earth and travel to a distant planet called Eden in order to mine for Nyxia. The inhabitan
Ben Alderson
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow. Where do I start!

I really did enjoy this book. At first, I was REALLY confused as what to expect but wow. I didn't expect this.

I loved the writing. I loved the dialogue, internal and external. I found the main character detailed, deep and interesting.
I really enjoyed the idea of this 'training' and 'scoring' sections of the book. I think it added something a lover of The Hunger Games or Harry Potter house points would love as an adult.

I did have an issue with the NUMBER of characters. F
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5 stars] Red Rising Fans: I have a YA recommendation for you.

As someone who has admitted to having trouble with young adult books lately, it should come with some extra weight that I loved Nyxia. It had a fun concept, fantastic competitions, and a page-turning story that promises even more in the books to come. So, personal endorsements aside, I think it’s important to know what you’re signing up for with Nyxia. All the advertising I’ve seen for it describes a gritty Hunger Games in space rea
Elise (TheBookishActress)
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of Gone by Michael Grant
DNF at 37%. There's legitimately nothing wrong with this, it is is just so not a "me" book. It's the kind of book I would have obsessed over in grade six. In fact, it reminds me most of Gone by Michael Grant, a series I was obsessed with for years - same compelling plot, same fairly interesting but slightly-too-large cast of characters, same towards-the-lower-end-of-YA writing style. I feel like I'm going to finish it and give it a solid three. That might be fine with a standalone novel, but thi ...more
Updated Review:

Thanks to Random House Children's/Crown Books for providing this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

"We can be kings and queens, sure, but only if we bow first."

How far would you go for a chance at financial freedom and the perks associated with a secured lifestyle? What lines would you cross if it meant free health care and access to the best and most advanced treatments -- in perpetuity --  for you and your family? That's the question our MC, Emmett Atwater,
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
File this under F for fantastic! This is like the Hunger Games in space. Those who know me, know that I often 'don't do' sci fi unless it's very character driven. This book ticks all the right boxes for me.
The main characters ( competitors) are all underdogs, minorities from impoverished backgrounds. Emmett, our young protagonist is very cool while the others are well drawn too. Babel, the corporation behind the trip, clearly can't be trusted and I'm pretty sure the chosen teams are going to be
Sherwood Smith
May 25, 2017 added it
Shelves: sf
I opened this ARC yesterday to glance at it (I have other books going) and absolutely fell into it. And a debut? What a stunning book!

I was going to avoid it, as I am tired of teenage gladiatorial books with sloppy worldbuilding that only exists to throw the teens into a pit to fight themselves bloody (between swooning and angsting over their Lurve Triangle) but I stumbled on a reference to there being only one white character in this book, and I had to read it.

I am so glad I did. Make no mistak
☙ percy ❧
(2.5 stars)

Call me old-fashioned, but when I read a book about space, I tend to expect it to be... space-y.

This kind of felt like Hunger Games or Divergent in space, except from the fact that a lot of the time you could completely forget that they even were in space and they could easily have been just training on Earth, in the desert, or in the Slytherin common room. Contrast this with space books such as Illuminae or Defy the Stars, where there was no doubt that the action was taking place In
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
You can also read my review on WP:

A black hole: a region of space from which nothing, including light, can escape. It absorbs all your light and reflects nothing. What are you then?

An extraordinary opportunity presents itself to a teenager, hungry to discover and work on the planet Eden. After all, the compensation would set his struggling family for life. Emmett is one of the ten selected by the conglomerate Babel Communications to embark on a mining exp
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-a, sci-fi
I am having a hard time rating this one because I think it would be a great book for young kids, but it didn't work for me personally. I admit that I'm not the target audience, but some YA novels can be just as entertaining to adults as non-YA. This just isn't one of those, IMO. I think the audience for this one is Middle School. In that age-group, this book would be amazing.

It is very much like Red Rising Jr..
The being-in-space thing isn't that important in this first book because the entire s
Nic Stone
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In a word: Wow.

This is by far the most ethnically inclusive mainstream YA sci-fi book I've ever read. It tells the story of an African American young man named Emmett who is recruited by a mysterious corporation and promised a LOT of money for completing a top secret mission on a distant planet. The fine print: while en route, he'll have to compete against nine other recruits--all from different countries--in a series of physically and mentally excruciating tasks to secure one of eight spots on

This was hella entertaining. Look okay, it didn't exactly push the boundaries of science fiction, plot twists weren't exactly that twisty and at times felt a little too Hunger Games-esque. It also didn't really feel that space-y... Like it could basically have taken place on a cruise ship instead of a space ship.... BUT I LOVED IT!!!!

Emmett our MC... I liked him a whole lot. (view spoiler)
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-btr
This was such a good book , once I was hooked into up I couldn't stop. This is a mixture between sci fi and dystopian world. the reason I liked this one was because I could personally relate to Emmet (it is nice to have a main character who is not white or has an amazing ability already), and I liked watching him grow through the book, Imagine this, there is a planet and new life forms and you get to investigate it if you are chosen to go there. Emmet is in the running but along the way he will ...more
Bitchin' Reads
Update 8/11/2017: So here is my final review! 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
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seriously was not expecting to love this book as much as I did! Within a few chapters I was completely invested. The setting and the characters are so well drawn and the plot is amazingly paced. I would have easily have read this in one sitting because of the interests level but I am battling a sinus infection so had to cut reading time short last night.

Pick this up and check it out! I really enjoyed this book to the moon and back!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, sci-fi, ya, xeno
"Babel might have all the keys, but they don't know what they're keeping in the cage."

ARC from Netgalley for an honest review

Apparently NOTAnother buddy read with Emi. LMAO, it's hard to do a BR when your buddy finishes the book instead of stopping at the agreed 30% >_<

Before I get into this review, let me just say that I never read Ender's Game, but I think I watched the flop-ish of a movie. Still, I won't be using it as a comparison tool. Now while I found a few things that I didn't pa
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Scott Reintgen grew up in North Carolina, and took full advantage of the fact that he lived on the same street as fourteen of his cousins. It could be a little crowded, but he threw a few elbows and carved out a space for himself as the family storyteller. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to spend most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This led to a ca ...more
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