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 are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden–a planet that Babel has kept hidden–where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human. – Goodreads.com
With the competition between the recruits, think The Hunger Games or Divergent set in space, and you’ll get the general feel of Nyxia.
I recently read a similar book in which several characters are pitted against each other in a tournament, but had difficulty distinguishing between them. With Nyxia, it’s quite the opposite – the diverse cast of characters, whether friends or enemies, are fully realized, with a variety of motivations and flaws.
The story leans heavily on the competition, and there are some harrowing moments, but also includes heart-wrenching subplots, unexpected twists, and surprising discoveries, indicating all may not be as it seems.
Emmett made a couple of choices that surprised me – one a dangerous risk that seemed out of character, and the other something near the end that seemed sudden and out of place.
If you’re a sci-fi fan, Nyxia has much to offer with a fast pace, mystery, competition, and fantastic character development. Be warned – it ends with a cliffhanger, and I’ll be needing that second book sooner rather than later. Nyxia is scheduled for publication September 12th, 2017.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.