This is a spoiler free review of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, the first novel in The Nyxia Triad.
I gave this book a 4/5 stars and highly enjoyed it. This is a futuristic science fiction story with Aliens, space travel, and hints of romance.
General Thoughts and Plot
“Unlearn your idea of impossible.” “A branch can be cut away but roots run deep and dark.”
This novel follows Emmett Atwater, one of ten teens recruited by Babel Corporations to compete in a series of tasks and training to be chosen to go to the planet Eden and mine Nyxia for Babel. Each of the teens is in this competition not just for themselves, but for the money that comes with it to support their families. They go through rigorous training to compete for the spots to go to Eden, the home to alien creatures called adamites. Only eight can go down and mine Nyxia for Babel, living there for three years and earning an immense sum of money.
Throughout the competition, Emmett soon learns that Babel is full of secrets, some so highly guarded that they would rather risk death than have the secrets escape. Now Emmett must decide if this fortune is truly worth the cost of Babel’s lies.
While the pacing of the novel was slow, I did enjoy the story as a whole, especially the diversity of it. There were plot twists after plot twist and epic sci-fi elements that loved.
There were many characters throughout the story, so while I did not find it hard to distinguish one from another, I did have a hard time connecting with many of them. However, since this is a first book in a trilogy, I presume I will further connect with the characters as I grow to know them.
I very much admired the main character Emmett because while he made many tough choices throughout the story, he never lost his sense of self righteousness. He was able to overcome many obstacles and never gave up on what he knew he had to accomplish.
I don’t have too much to share other than the fact that I really liked this story. It was a very fun read and a delightful first book to what will most likely be an epic trilogy.
This book had great friendships, and so many diverse characters from all around the world represented. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Sci-Fi.
I cannot wait to read the next one!
Disclosure: I received a download of this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.