Sending out the biggest of congratulations to Scott Reintgen today for the release of NYXIA UNLEASHED, the second book in the Nyxia Triad series! If you're new to the series, check out my review of last year's NYXIA here! Keep reading after the jump for more about the sequel and find out why it's(unsurprisingly) one of my favorite books of 2018!
Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octance thriller.”
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?
Last year I was completely blown away by Scott Reintgen's debut, NYXIA. All those Ender's Game/Hunger Games comparisons hooked me, but as I read I found that it's so much more than what those comps make it out to be. Original, diverse, action-packed, SO gosh darn twisty. Just great. With NYXIA UNLEASHED, I just really wasn't sure what to expect. I knew Nyxia was going to be hard to match because it was just that good.
I'll just say it. Nyxia Unleashed was better.
Oh my GOD this book was fantastic. Without spoiling too much for the first book, Nyxia Unleashed covers new territory and really shows that Reintgen knows his story and his world well. This book was simultaneously different from the first book while also bringing so many things that I loved about the original back to the table. And two of those things that I want to talk about are the characters and the twists.
I said it last year and I'll say it again, the cast of the Nyxia books are diverse and they are WONDERFUL. Emmett is such a fantastic lead, and the whole supporting cast fits together perfectly to really flesh out this story. The characters really are the heart and soul of this book. They're so easy to love and to root for, with believable actions and reactions that make Nyxia Unleashed soar above and beyond.
Now, about those twists. Y'all. I can't. I honestly didn't think the twists of the first book could be topped. HA. I was wrong. As someone who reads quite a bit, I can't express how refreshing it is for a book to truly surprise me. Nyxia Unleashed did just that, multiple times, up to the very last page. These were some Battlestar Galactica-sized twists, and I am NOT OVER IT.
In summary, NYXIA UNLEASHED is a stellar(hahaha) sequel to an amazing debut. I can't recommend this series enough, can't give it enough stars to do it justice. I wish I could put a copy in the hands of all my reader friends and on the shelf of every library in town. I definitely need everyone to jump on these books asap and then come fan over them with me, so we can all look longingly towards 2019 together while waiting for book three.
Thank you so much to Random House Children's Books for sending me a review copy of NYXIA UNLEASHED!