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Nyxia

By: Scott Reintgen
Narrated by: Sullivan Jones,Dominic Hoffman
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Publisher's Summary

“A high-octane thriller... Nyxia grabs you from the first line and never lets go.” (Marie Lu, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Warcross)

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller - the first in a trilogy - that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. What would you be 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. 

Forever. 

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of 10 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. 

The 100 meets Illuminae in this high-octane sci-fi thriller.” (Bustle)

And don't miss Nyxia Unleashed!

©2017 Scott Reintgen (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Both curious and suspicious at every turn, [Emmett] is an ideal narrator, and a sequel can't come soon enough." ( The Bulletin)
"Emmett's self-deprecation, wit, and ability to see the good in others will keep listeners riveted and eager for the next volume in this planned trilogy." ( PW)

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I probably won't read the second one...

I saw this was in a YA book box and the description sounded awesome, so I went for it. I was disappointed and finally got into this book (a tiny bit) about 2/3 of the way in. It took me ten times as long to get through than an audiobook normally would. It's hard to listen to while multitasking since so much keeps happening, but it also feels like fluff. I couldn't imagine what the writer was telling, not for lack of imagination, but maybe for a slight boredom, or feeling no relation to the main character. I am not the best person to judge this genre since I prefer fantasy over sci-fi. Also, this book made me realize that I rarely read or listen to books from a male's perspective. The narrator reads the book and doesn't do other voices for characters so it's easy to get confused for who is saying what. I liked it okay, it has good character development and lots of action, but I I had a hard time getting into it and didn't love it. I more heard the words than had it play out in my mind, like I normally would. But again, I am not the target audience. I would have no desire to do the challenges, and with all the desire the characters have to go to Eden, besides money, Eden sounds like a horrible place. Did I miss something? I normally wouldn't finish a book I have a hard time getting through but I felt like something more had to happen... then it did in the last hour and ended with a huge cliff hanger.

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Awesome

I thought the book and the narrator were awesome. I can't wait for the next book to come out to see what happens next. If you liked Red Rising and The Hunger Games, then you'll enjoy this book.

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Slow and too long prequel

Every universe (lore) has to be described to give the reader right perspective and to understand events and its mechanics properly. But this entire books felt to me as this introduction. I was not captivated be the drama. I did not care about the protagonists. I did not like first person narrative style. Only during last few chapters something interesting is finally starting to happen.

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A sci-fi teen/YA book that is very exciting!

Nyxia
By: Scott Reintgen
Narrated by: Sullivan Jones, Dominic Hoffman
A very original sci-fi teen/YA book that takes 10 teens to outer space to meet aliens and mine a new element that is remarkable! The teens and their families are offered a fortune for going. As the story unfolds the reader finds out many truths about the mission that the teens didn't know at the beginning! Pretty awesome!
Narration is fantastic!

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Gripping read from start to finish

Absolute must read. What a fantastic story. Can’t wait for book 2 and 3 and the journey on Eaden.

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Amazing book

Two words amazing book. Anyone who like sci-fi book will want to read this amazing story

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Start of a great series.

This is such a wonderful book. It's a young adult book but wow it doesn't fall into the tired tropes. Atleast not really. The story characters and pacing had me finishing it within two days. I could not stop listening. There was a issue of a love intrest being introduced in the 11th hour but other then that it's a perfect start to a series.

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Boring, contrived, lack of character development

This novels starts off so badly: first person narrator (Emmett) in a room with nine other teenagers and the head of a corporation offering them jobs as miners on a planet called Eden. It also ends badly (absurd cliffhanger).

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1. Way too many characters, none of whom really get developed, except Emmett. And that’s because we see the whole story through his eyes as the narrator of the story (audio narrator was good, by the way, except he had so many accents to do that he was not consistent. And some of the accents really didn't match the countries the people came from. But with the voice of Emmett, 5 stars). He's a likeable enough guy with struggles most people can relate to. But the other characters are flat. One of the only ways the other characters are distinct is that most of them are from different countries, so the author could point to color, name, culture as a way of differentiating them.

2. Contrived: I felt as if the author had to come up with a good reason that this company would send teenagers to mine Nyxia on another planet because otherwise readers wouldn’t believe the premise, which felt contrived and over explained. Insta-love is another contrivance that never works, and, of course, it happens in the book.

3. Too much detail: Teens in competition, possibly deadly: How many competition scenes can one read? Without caring about the characters (because you don’t really know them) does it matter who wins or loses? There’s hand to hand fighting, mining competitions, and endless boat competitions.

4. Too little detail: How old are they? There’s only one hint near the end that leads you to believe that Emmett must be at least 17, which brings up the logic flaw. The Eden natives only like Earth CHILDREN. Well, if you have the start of a mustache, you’re not a kid. Emmett always says he’s from Detroit. Never adds “Michigan.” Like everyone teenager in the world would know where Detroit is?

5. Various: There’s one really big, horrible discovery that Emmett and one of his friends make. Yet, it’s just dropped. And that absurd cliffhanger ending. I didn’t know this was going to be a trilogy. So while I was inching up to two stars, it’s back down to one. There’s a way to end a book that satisfies the reader even if there will be more books to come. But when things are literally left up in the air, and it seems ridiculous to boot…no thanks. I’ll be returning this one and not listening to the rest of the series.

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It’s ok.

This is really a review for all three books. The writing was OK, narrator did a pretty good job, but the biggest problem that I had was the moral hypocrisy, the on again off again morality the protagonist has. In the beginning of the book he’s eyeing somebody’s watch because maybe he would’ve stole it before the journey began, then has a problem later on punishing a murderer, but then has no problem sitting around a table with a bunch of people killing a small bird and laughing about it to eat it. I am a meat eater so eating animals and dispatching them isn’t a problem for me. It’s just us kids flexible morality to suit whatever higher ground he wants to stand on. Emmett is a self entitled punk…

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its okay (has spoilers)

normally, I love teen fantasy/sci-fi, adventure, future and midevil settings and this book HAD the potential of being big and locking itself in the same categories of Hunger Games or Divergent or maybe even The 100 (Netflix TV series) but the author didn't even let you create a bond with any of the characters and it seemed like the author just "tried too hard" and it shows. This book had really really good potential but literally, his "sister" like character he meets first ends up dieing about half way through and I generally get in my feels when a main character dies but since there was almost NO character development, it was like oh.. the main characters support/wise crutch just died -swings arm- shucks.
This could have been way better. Seems cheesy, fake(trying too hard), and the teen couple antagonist pisses me off because its like... dude... if you're really THAT dumb to want to kill the main character because Ken (barbies boyfriend, not their real names of course) sucks A$$, can't fight or compete, and its Babbles fault but yet they just keep trying to kill Emmit thinking he's the reason why? its so annoying. I'm really mad I wasted my money and time on this book.

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