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.
I think it’s safe to say that NYXIA is one of the best sci-fi books I’ve read in a really long time. I picked this one up because I kept seeing it comped to Ender’s Game and The Hunger Games. And yes, it uses some of the same elements and tropes that are found in those books, but it’s also SO much more.
The best thing about Nyxia is it’s characters. The cast is so full, so dynamic and diverse, with every single character exuding unique personalities. The main character, Emmett, is so easy to follow. It’s his story, his journey, and he definitely shines on the page. But the rest of the characters add so much to the story and are written so vividly that I can remember all of them specifically after finishing the book.
Nyxia’s plot is so much fun. It does have elements that have been done before- a class competing against one another in space- but it throws in some curveballs that I never saw coming. The alien substance itself, Nyxia, was really cool to see used in the story, and I felt that the author was very imaginative with it. And then there’s the ending! This book builds and builds and builds to the climax and then BAM! There’s a huge cliffhanger that I’m definitely not over.
I absolutely loved this book and so so sooo recommend it to everyone, but especially to those who are looking for a strong sci-fi story. And while you all go devour this book, I’ll be sitting over here biting my nails until book two!