No spoilers in this rapid review of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen. I give it 3 stars.
I was in the mood for a science fiction story so I picked up Nyxia, the first book in The Nyxia Triad by Scott Reintgen. Nyxia is about Emmett, an underprivileged boy from Detroit, and nine other teens from around the world who have been recruited by communications giant, Babel. They will travel to Eden, a distant planet, known for holding an extremely valuable substance called Nyxia.
One thing is clear, Babel thrives on competition. The teenagers will compete during the year-long trip for their spot on the crew of eight that will descend to Eden. There are enormous cash incentives for the winners.
What is not clear to Emmett, though, is why all the training? Why do they need to learn to fight? And why their young age? Will their age protect them from whatever is waiting?
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Emmett and his roommate attempt to uncover these mysteries, as they train to fight and to mine the nyxia.
This book had many surprises that I enjoyed along the way. I was intrigued by Emmett and his background as well as the clashing of a wide variety of cultures. While not a religious story at all, there were many Bible references used throughout that I found fascinating–Babel, Eden, Adamites, Genesis 11, Genesis 12, to name a few.
On the other hand, Nyxia (the substance, not the book title) was, however, a little fantastical to me. My buy-in to the premise was hindered a bit by its unbelievability. I also think that the end of this book really should have been the midpoint to a longer novel. In my opinion, the flow and plot would have been much more satisfying if there was more to this first installment.
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