Release date: July 17th 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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?
Nyxia was one of my best surprise books last year. I’d bought it on its release day because the premise and cover caught my attention but, I admit, it stayed on my bookshelf for far too long before I finally picked it up. And it proved to me that letting it sit on the shelf for as long as I did was a huge mistake because it turned out to be one of my favourite books last year. It also meant the sequel wouldn’t have the same benefit of flying under the radar with me and I would be going in with actual expectations.
Nyxia Unleashed delivered on those expectations and managed to surpass them. It was just as engaging as the first one and I loved that there was a bit of a cast change up within the three separate mining teams. It gave the readers a chance to get to know Morning and some of her crew a lot better as allies instead of antagonists in the way of our crew’s success. It also gave readers the chance to get to know some of the other members of Emmett’s crew that may have gotten lesser time or even been disliked in the first book. Some of my favourite characters in this sequel ended up being characters I either didn’t think much of or even disliked in the first book. And I can see the same trend happening in the third.
We learned a lot more about the planet, Eden, and the Adomites in this sequel, along with a little more of Babel’s intentions. There was a good balance between action sequences, crew bonding in lighter moments, and getting new information in a way that felt natural to the story as opposed to an information dump. The writing, for both books, was very engaging in a way that made me want to keep reading all night until I was finished. I can definitely see this being a binge-worthy series when it’s completed.
Overall, there was a lot going on but it never felt like too much. The teens landed on Eden, learned about the Adomites, started their mining mission, there was tension between some of the group, romance between others, some bromance development, and there were a lot of twists and surprises. It didn’t feel like a middle book or suffer from any kind of second book slump. With everything that has happened in the first two books, I’m both very excited and very nervous to see what kind of big twists Scott Reintgen will come up with in the third book.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Rockstar Book Tours.
About Scott: Scott Reintgen was always a back-row dreamer. As early as kindergarten, teachers noticed his tendency to stare out of classroom windows and disappear to more interesting elsewheres. In high school, he began laboring away on the opening chapter of his first fantasy novel. One of his favorite English teachers agreed to read the pages and the very next day she switched him (illegally) out of Spanish and into a Creative Writing class. The story got tossed eventually, but he never lost the confidence he was given by that single act of empowering faith.
Convinced he would one day be a writer, Scott spent most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This eventually led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in North Carolina. He strongly believes that every student who steps into his classroom has the right to see themselves, vibrant and victorious and on the page. It’s his hope to encourage a future full of diverse writers. As he’s fond of reminding his students, “You have a story to tell and you’re the only one who can tell it.”
As for his own writing, Scott continues to follow in the footsteps of his favorite authors. It was Tolkien who once wrote, “The fairy gold (too often) turns to withered leaves when it is brought away. All I can ask is that you, knowing all these things, will receive my withered leaves, as a token at least that my hand once held a little of the gold.” And Scott hopes his books are a trail of withered leaves that might lead readers to the bright elsewheres through which he constantly finds himself wandering.
He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Katie, and family.
Note: I went with this website domain instead of http://www.scottreintgen.com because, let’s be honest, my name’s really hard to pronounce. Rather than make people suffer through trying to spell it every time, I thought this would be easier!
Giveaway Details: 3 winners will win a finished copy of NYXIA UNLEASHED, US Only.
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