Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

27426044 (1)Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1)
By Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780399556791
Pages: 377
Genre: YA Sci-Fi


With millions of dollars at stake, walking away isn’t an option.

Emmett Atwater agrees to leave Earth behind when Babel Communications offers him a fortune. The catch? He has to launch into deep space to get it. One of ten selected recruits, Emmett boards the company’s spaceship and sets course for a planet that Babel has kept hidden from the rest of the world.

Before long, Emmett discovers that all of Babel’s recruits have at least one thing in common: they’re broken. Broken enough that Babel can remold them however it pleases.

Every training session is a ruthless competition where friendships are tested and enemies are made. Each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—where they will mine nyxia, a substance that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. Secrets about the volatile substance they’re hoping to mine, about the reclusive humanoids already living on Eden, and about the true intentions for the recruits.

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.

My Thoughts

Science fiction, I love it. With that being said, it has to deliver as I can be a tough critic. I think we all tend to approach our favorite genres with raised expectations. I generally require two things when exploring sci-fi; an intelligent plot and entertainment on a larger scale. Nyxia served up both with a healthy layer of beautiful icing on top!

The skinny..

When Babel Communications offers Emmett Atwater a chance to not only travel to space but provide his family with financial security, agreeing is the easy part. Coming from a home faced with many challenges (an overworked, underpaid father, an ill mother in need of medical treatment that cannot be afforded) being chosen as one of Babel’s 10 recruits seems like the answer. But Emmett soon learns that all candidates have one thing in common, they are broken. Each of them needs this as badly as the other, and now they learn they will compete for their spot.

Emmett’s plan: to train and survive the competition for an opportunity to travel to Eden and mine nyxia, the most valuable substance known to man. But as the fate of his family hangs in the balance, can he survive this new world of deadly secrets and cut-throat rivalry while maintaining his own integrity?

“It’s hard to tell the difference between rich and wrong.” 

What I appreciated..

  • The stunning cover that compliments the story beautifully (yes it is vain, but I have to admit I am a fan).
  • The narrative told from the perspective of the protagonist that fosters an early connection and appreciation with the reader.
  • A protagonist who is complex and riddled with personal conflict. Emmett is admirable and easily relatable through his internal struggles and constant emotions. He is flawed.
  • An intelligent and original plotline that is beautifully balanced and supports character growth and world building with incredible ease. Expect the unexpected and have fun doing so.
  • The avoidance of your typical YA tropes.
  • Nyxia! I really cannot be that girl and spoil the fun here, but this stuff is incredible and I loved reading about it.
  • Stellar writing that carries the reader through each page to a very gratifying conclusion.

“It’s impossible that someone with his story could have ever learned to smile. But that’s all he ever does. There’s a heaven in him no darkness can take.”


Challenges some may encounter..

  • Having to wait for the sequel! (I am lucky to have a lovely copy here beside me.)

Nyxia was a huge sci-fi win for me this year! Long story short, this one worked for me, and I cannot think of any reason I would not recommend this book. If you like sci-fi, you should love it. If you do not, it will probably change your mind. Scott Reintgen is on to something spectacular, and I cannot wait to explore it further.

tea cup


Pair with a nice black tea because you are going to want to caffeine to stay up with this one.

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Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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27 thoughts on “Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

  1. Oh, I think you’ve sold me on this! I’ve seen it around quite a lot lately thanks to the sequel but hadn’t found out the plot until just now. I’m really encouraged by the lack of YA tropes; they don’t need to disappear altogether, but it’s nice to have a break now and again! Lovely review Danielle, I’ll definitely be adding this to my TBR 🙂

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  2. Great review, Danielle! I will admit, when I saw the cover and read both the cover and your synopsis, I didn’t realize this was YA! It wasn’t until your comment about avoiding YA tropes that I realized this. How old is Emmett? This is a fairly complex synopsis for the usual fare of YA sci-fi! What made you decide to pick up this book?

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    1. The book was recommended to my by Lilly at Lairofbooks 🙂 She knows I love scifi, so she is usually quick to tell me when she finds a good one! Forgive (brain fog has been terrible) but Emmett is a teenager yet exact age slips my mind. I am thinking 18ish. Sorry Jackie. I am just terrible these days 😦

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  3. Ooooh, What a catchy tagline! “It´s hard to tell the difference between rich and wrong.”
    I´m happy you enjoyed the story! That´s always something that should be celebrated. <3<3 And you´re absolutely right about the cover. It´s stunning! ❤ Great review, my dear.

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  4. I so agree about no YA tropes… it almost felt adultish because of that! I’m so, so glad you enjoyed the so much Danielle! That’s what we want out of our favorite genres… ♥️ Unfortunately I was disappointed in the second half of the book… the teams didn’t make sense for how life on the surface was going to be… and the romance was contrived. But I am excited to read about life on the planet! It was the potential to be explosive!

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    1. I felt the teams made perfect sense in terms of forcing expecting leaders to utilize desired traits 😉 but that is all I will say here. The romance was very limited but felt realistic to me for teenages that were confined and thrust into a hard situation, so it passed in my book haha. I am also very excited for this sequel. I keep picking it uo, but telling myself it is too early 💜


  5. This is probably not one of those typical titles I would pick up… I can do small, soft scifi elements I think, but when it goes hardcore and totally into outer space I am scared 😀 hahaha… No, in all seriousness, I love this review. I find that in any book the entertainment element is really what gives the book an edge. A bit of humour and characters that speak to your soul and there- a recipe for a good read! 🙂

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  6. This book always get amazing reviews. Is not on my top list of soon to read, but I’m feeling that not so many people are talking about it.
    I love that there’re at least ten recruits, whioch may means that there are ten characters to followe. I love heavy cast books where every character is a protagonist on the pages.

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  7. Wahhh, glad to hear it ended on the right side of the spectrum and gave you such an awesome ride till the end. The complexity of the protagonist is definitely a huge winner in my books too. Hope the sequel continues to deliver and drives this series among the top YA stuff out there! 😀

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