Format: E-Galley, 400 pages
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult / Space Opera
Discover book two in the sci-fi space trilogy that Bustle described as “The 100 meets Illuminae” and Marie Lu called, “a high-octane 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 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?
Nyxia Unleashed is the second installment in author Scott Reintgen's The Nyxia Triad. This story picks up right where Nyxia left off. For those who haven't read the first book yet, I will try not to spoil anything, but I will say that you should definitely read the books back to back since the story continues from the first installment to the second installment and will conclude in the third installment in the Spring of 2019. Should be a fantastic ride!
Emmett Atwater is a sixteen-year-old African American from Detroit. He and other's from across the world spent the last year on board a spaceship owned by Babel Communications. Each of the 18 were lured in by Babel’s offer of immense wealth if they will travel to Eden and mine as much of the priceless mineral Nyxia as possible. As the story opens, Emmett lands on the Planet of Eden having survived one final test by the people behind Babel.
But, Emmett isn't the only one who experienced "additional testing" which has left the number of people on Eden at 14. One of the things readers will notice right out of the starting gate is that Emmett and Morning are on the same side and their feelings quickly move from competitors to more than friends. Morning has been told to monitor her team which becomes her slogan Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand Together. Together they stand against Babel and against the Adamites who they will soon meet.
Nyxia, for those who haven't read the first book, refers to the substance the recruits will have to mine on the planet Eden—it has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. One mine alone may rake in billions of dollars for Babel. You should know that this is a highly diverse cast. There are characters from all sorts of different nationalities that survived the brutal testing that Babel put them through before allowing them to touch down on Eden aka Magnia.
This is the book where readers will get to know the Adamites, or as they call themselves, Imago. Magnia is a planet with dual moons and deadly creatures. The Imago actually call the Humans Genesis which is pretty biblical like everything we've come to understand about the author's world building. Speaking of world building, I absolutely loved the way the author brought things to light, especially the different varieties of hostile species. Magnia is not a fun place. It is a dangerous place where one wrong step will be the last you ever take.
There is a bit of everything for every reader. There is plenty of action, adventure, suspense, mystery, shocking revelations, and a pretty heart warming romance between Emmett and Morning. One of the main story-lines of this series is that of corporate greed verses friendships made by a diverse cast who has come from nothing to hopefully make a fortune that has been promised to each of the members of the Genesis 1 and 2 crews if they survive the year that they agreed to on the planet.
In the end, Nyxia Unleashed really delivers with an action-packed plot and richly textured emotional undercurrents. Plus, the ending will leave you breathless with so much happening and very quickly. One of the more curious story-lines has to do with the Adamites’ demands that only human children or teens are allowed on the planet. The focus really is in trusting each other even though there is some bitter resentment left over from the additional testing that was given to certain characters. They can't be at each others throats and hope to stand united against Babel. And, what of the Imago? What exactly do they get out of the deal, and why are only children allowed on the planet?