Synopsis: 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?
Series: The Nyxia Triad #2
Date Started: 7/10/18
Date Finished: 7/16/18
Thoughts: *Contains Spoilers for Nyxia (Book 1)*
Scott Reintgen has done it again. I wasn’t sure how Nyxia Unleashed could possibly live up to Nyxia, but it does. It really does.
Nyxia Unleashed picks up exactly where the first book left off, with Emmett and the others heading for Eden. Once there, they’re thrust into Babel’s main mission. However, new twists, turns, and secrets and revealed throughout the novel.
It was pretty cool to see the training and simulations from the first book actually put into action. The waterway and the mines make their reappearances, and I’m glad that we were introduced to them prior to this book. It really helps to show that Babel knew what type of world they were putting these kids into. While I liked their reappearance, I’m also glad that they weren’t a main focus of the novel. Nyxia could feel a tad bit repetitive with its challenges, but everything is fresh and new in Nyxia Unleashed.
One thing that’s new is the culture explored in this book. I don’t want to give much away, but there’s a long section of the novel where the crew gets to explore this alien civilization as honored guests. It was a truly wonderful section, especially when you consider that each of the teens came from diverse cultural backgrounds. The lovely name of the planet (which isn’t Eden, Babel!) is revealed, along with its cultural significance, which I found fascinating.
The romance between Emmett and Morning is quite stable and wholesome. With the extremely high stakes and dangers, it’s easy to forget that these are young teens with normal teen hormones and emotions. The many romances that blossom up within the crew feel pretty natural and organic. I love the way that Emmett and Morning care for and defend each other, and also how the other characters react to their relationship. It makes the characters really seem like the teens they are.
The book isn’t all romance and culture though. There’s plenty of danger, both on the planet and off of it. Loyalties and trusts are tested. New and old faces make appearances. Lives will be lost. There’s honestly a whirlwind of things going on, with so many things to love, and so many to hate as well. (Not the book itself, but the characters and forces within it!)
The one thing I didn’t like very much were the chapters that weren’t from Emmett’s point of view. They sort of took me out of the story a little bit, even though they weren’t frequent at all. I think that book one only had one of these chapters, but this one had at least 3 or 4. Again, it’s not a big deal, and those sections add GREATLY to the story, but I’m not 100% in favor of them. At least they were clearly marked.
All in all, I greatly enjoyed Nyxia Unleashed. The stakes were higher than ever, and they’ll be even higher in the next book, Nyxia Uprising, which releases in April 2019. It’s a long time to wait, but I’m sure that it’ll be an amazing conclusion to the series. I honestly have no clue how this series might end, so I’m anxiously awaiting it!
Nyxia Unleashed is available TODAY! Go pick up your copy now.