Review: Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

35424762Title: Nyxia Unleashed
Author: Scott Reintgen
Series: II of Nyxia Triad
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: July 17, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Sci Fi
Pages: 400 pages
Edition: Hardcover US Edition
Synopsis: 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. 

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?

I’m so happy that the bookstore near us has a copy of this book because after reading the first book I have the need to know what happens next.

Recap of Book 1:

When Genesis 11 and Genesis 12 are combined in the Space Tower Station in order to narrow down the people who are going to Eden, four of them – Bilal, Roathy, Brett and Loche – did not make it to the cut. However, these kids who didn’t get the chance to make it to Eden were given another chance by Babel which is to “kill” the people in the pods (the people who made the cut). Obviously, Emmett and Roathy went to a duel which Emmett won. This made Isadora furious because she thinks Emmett killed Roathy.

In Book 2, it follows the story of our favorite recruits of the Babel Corporation in the planet of Eden wherein they are tasked to mine for Nyxia. Along the way, they learned the history and culture of Eden. In addition to that, they also try to plot against Babel and its lying schemes. I think that’s the farthest distance I could go in giving a summary because I might spoil you. Anyway, the book is full of adventures that I enjoyed while reading and don’t hesitate to read the book because that is only the summary of Book 2.

Going back to the review, since the characters in the first book are still the same with the characters in this second book, it is still pretty much diverse. If that is not enough, Scott Reintgen added a LGBTQ+ couple in this book which is not included in Book 1. I live for that rainbow and again, I thank Scott Reintgen for the representation in his books. I also liked how I got to know more about the characters especially Longwei, Jaime and Alex.

“I sit there long after she falls asleep, thinking about the family we’ve forged, not through blood, but through steel and chaos. I never asked for any of this. At the beginning, I fought hard against it. But now that they’re mine, now that I’m theirs, I’d do anything to keep them from being taken.”

Another thing that I liked about this book is that I did not see only in the eyes of Emmett. A point of view of Anton was also given from time to time because Anton is somewhere out there. I’m not going to tell you where it is because I will spoil it so much. However, even there are shift of point of views from time to time, I still felt that is lacking. I really wanted to get a lot of glimpse of what was happening to Anton. It was very frustrating not knowing it.

“Hungry is hungry. Sick is sick. Broke is broke.”

As for the plot, this book is more of The 100 and less of Ender’s Game and Hunger Games which was going on for the first book. The main plot was not really that original. However, the plot twists found mostly in the last parts of the books is what makes this book very exciting. However, it may not be exciting for some people because the pacing of the story was a little bit slow. In addition to that, the characters’ main story and some parts of the story revolves around the fact that they are all broken, poor and living under poverty. This can be explicitly seen when they got to know more about the planet. Like in the first book, I really liked this.

“It doesn’t surprise me that Babel’s out here playing the role of colonizer, slapping labels on the originals and pretending they created it all in the first place. “

 

People who were expecting for alien sightings and new planets would like this better compared to the first book. In this book, I got to learn about the history of Eden as well as their culture especially when they visited a part of the Eden. I really loved the part wherein the chef was cooking something special to them. I felt like I was there in that part. However, the world is not vivid as I like it to be. I was really expecting a lot from the world of Eden and it did not meet my expectation. I had a hard time imagining what the Adamites look like until now.

rating 4.5

Taking that all into an account, I’m giving this book 4.5 bees. There are still some parts where I think the book can be improved especially with world building. But all in all, it did not fail to deliver a good story and that is hard due to the fact that it’s a sequel. Sequels are really hard to write and such. I recommend this book to people who are fans of The 100 by Kass Morgan and The Martian by Andy Weir (although, this is very YA compared to The Martian).

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Did you read this book? What are your thoughts about it? Are you waiting for the release of book three of this series that is due somewhere on May 2019? Let me hear your opinions in the comment below!

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