Book Review – Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Author: Scott Reintgen
Publish Date: September 12, 2017
# of Pages: 384
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
(**Warning: Possible spoilers!**)


(From Goodreads) 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 Nyxia, Emmett Atwater is recruited by Babel Corporation to help mine nyxia on a the newly discovered planet of Eden. The Babel Corporation is ruthless, and soon Emmett discovers that Babel’s competition is much more than he signed up for.

Nyxia was a fun book! Overall I enjoyed it, but there were some things that grated on my nerves like nails on a chalkboard. But first, the good things.

The character development in the story was good. There were a lot of characters in the book, but the author did a great job of introducing their stories, their quirks, and personalities. I enjoyed following Emmet’s story and learning about his background and the theories as to why he was chosen for a spot with Babel. Through the story, I was able to get a pretty clear sense of who Emmet is as a person, which is always appreciated. This helped me to feel connected to Emmet throughout the book.

The story concept and plot is also fantastic. I loved the competition aspect of the book and the idea of mining a newly discovered element on Eden. I’m not huge into space books, but this book had great appeal.

So many twists and turns! Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, Babel changes the game. At times this was frustrating, but I also liked that the twists kept the book from being predictable.

So what didn’t I like?

First, parts of the book seemed to drag. While I liked the competition, there were parts of the competition which seemed repetitive and unnecessary.

Second, the girls become exempt from the competition towards the end of the book. I hated this part of the book, and I never felt as though we got a great explanation for why the girls were no longer part of the competition. Maybe it’ll be explained more in future books, but this development really pulled me out of the book.

Last, the whole file system “A for anger” etc. grated on my nerves. While it was explained in the book, I thought it was overused, and I had to keep from doing an eye roll each time Emmett “filed” something away.

Dislikes aside, I would still recommend this book and plan on reading the rest of the series as its released. The story and concept more than made up for the issues I had with it. Check it out!

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.



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