Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Posted August 30, 2017 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Series: The Nyxia Triad #1
Genres: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0399556796
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Minx's Rating:

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they're willing to risk for a lifetime of fortune.

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.


In the near future space exploration has hit an all-time high and a large conglomerate has done something that no one else has before. Known as NASA’s dark little shadow, Babel Communications has successfully found a habitable planet referred to as Eden. Not only is this planet habitable but it is also populated by an alien species referred to as the Adamites. What draws the attention of this company though is not the planet or the aliens, but the substance that can only be found that planet known as Nyxia.

Nyxia’s uses are almost without measure and it has quickly become a most valuable resource. I love, love, love how the author has given this substance numerous different uses. The idea of being able to manipulate the Nyxia in the ways described are just awesome. Made me want some that is for sure. So, if it is so valuable why are a bunch of kids being the ones asked to go into deep space, land on an alien planet, and be the ones to retrieve this valuable substance? It is because the Adamites value younger beings and are less likely to be hostile towards them.

Babel Communications has brought together ten different youths who all range in race, background, nationality, and sex. The one thing that they all have in common is that they are troubled youths who are in a desperate situation that make them more amenable to taking the rewards that are being offered. In return for going to Eden and harvesting the substance Nyxia they will be monetarily compensated for the rest of their lives and their families will have access to the best medical care and other amenities that Babel Communications has to offer. Sounds like a dream come true for many of the kids.

Sometimes dreams can become nightmares and this deal of a lifetime quickly sours once the kids get aboard the spaceship. Once on board they find out that they are going to have to compete against each other and that there are only a certain number of recruits who are going to reach Eden. The training that the kids must endure is set up as a point based system and only those with the highest points will be able to reap the rewards that were promised to them. Injury, poor performance, refusal to compete all these situations also take away points. The situation quickly becomes a high stakes environment fraught with danger, betrayal, and pressure.

Wow! Nyxia was an intense read. There was so much going on that I spent most of the read alternating between awe and dread. The high stakes competitive environment on a spaceship was a most fascinating premise. There is also so much behind the scenes duplicity with Babel Communications that I cannot wait for the next sequel in this series. I need to know more about what Babel Communications is up to and I want to follow the successful recruits story. I want to explore Eden with them. Nyxia is a story that I absolutely highly recommend!

*Thank you to NetGalley & Random House Children’s for this eARC of Nyxia*


About Scott Reintgen

Author Scott Reintgen

Scott Reintgen grew up in North Carolina, and took full advantage of the fact that he lived on the same street as fourteen of his cousins. It could be a little crowded, but he threw a few elbows and carved out a space for himself as the family storyteller. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to spend most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in the great state of North Carolina, where he currently lives with his wife and family. To his great delight, the demand for stories and storytellers is alive and well. As such, he can often be found at local coffee shops laboring over stories that he hopes his family, and fans, will love.

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