Emmett Atwater agrees to leave Earth behind when Babel Communications offers him a fortune. The catch? He has to launch into deep space to get it. One of ten selected recruits, Emmett boards the company’s spaceship and sets course for a planet that Babel has kept hidden from the rest of the world.
Before long, ...more
Thank you for the question. I wouldn't categorize the book as religious. Emmett discusses what he thinks about religion and God…moreHi 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)
I am a huge fan of space (both outer and personal) and I believe that 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 am not consumed ...more
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 ...more
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“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 nation ...more
“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 ...more
Original post: 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 teena ...more
This book is set in 'our world' in ...more
I honestly didn’t expect much from this book and yet somehow it still managed to disappoint me
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
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[I totally got Chris Pine type Captain Kirk vibes from him with how ...more
Buddy read with one of my faves, Kaleena <3
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 ...more
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