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 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? – Goodreads.com
Where the first book in this series leans more on the competition between the recruits, Nyxia Unleashed introduces us to Eden, its inhabitants, and how Emmett and the other recruits learn to trust each other and become a family of sorts.
The world-building is exquisite and explained well. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Eden along with the characters. Much time is spent on describing this world, its culture, and people, which can seem like filler (as is the case with many second books in a series), but I feel like that in-depth knowledge is needed to understand the stakes these characters are facing and the reasoning behind their choices.
As with Nyxia, diverse, fully realized characters continue to be a strong point with this series. With the competition over, the recruits are able to relax a bit and allow relationships to grow and develop. Unexpected twists are sprinkled throughout, and although pacing lagged a bit in the first quarter of the book, the last quarter is filled with nearly nonstop action. Bring on book 3!
This book is scheduled for publication July 17th, 2018. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the digital ARC.