Friday, July 13, 2018

ARC Review: Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia Unleashed
Author: Scott Reintgen
Series: The Nyxia Triad (Book 2)
Publication: Crown Books for Young Readers (July 17, 2018)

Description: Emmett Atwater thought Babel's game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn't take long for him to learn that Babel's competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis spaceship survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.

But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces-Babel and the Adamites-with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it's too late?

My Thoughts: This is the second book of a trilogy. The combined remaining crews of Genesis 11 and 12 have landed on the new planet as treasured guests of the residents of the planet. Their goal is to mine the incredibly valuable nyxia and ship it off to Babel for use on Earth. That is why this group of poor kids was recruited. They can take care of their families on Earth and earn huge amounts of money too. The only problem is that Babel has been lying to them the whole time they were going through their training and they aren't at all sure if they can trust the Imago who live on the planet.

This story is mostly told by Emmett as they mine, travel through the dangerous planet, meet the locals and learn many things that Babel never told them. They are invited to Sevenset which is the largest settlement on the planet where they learn things about the Imago that Babel doesn't know. They also learn things about the culture and the rebels when Emmett is kidnapped by on of the outlaw Imago.

I liked the action. I liked the twisty plotting. I liked the relationships between the kids who are parts of Genesis 11 and 12. I especially liked the partnership between Emmett and Morning. Because this is the middle book of a trilogy, the ending is a cliffhanger. I can't wait for the third book to find out how all the issues resolve.

Favorite Quote:
I memorize details of every face. There's a certain joy in forgetting who brought us here and why. Babel would take jazzy's poise under pressure, Katsu's booming laugh, Azima's endless energy. For the right price, they'd burn away the little things that make us who we are and sell us to the highest bidder.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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