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Publisher's Summary

Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae. This is the first in a new three-book series called the Nyxia Triad that will take a group of broken teens to the far reaches of the universe and force them to decide what they're 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.

©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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  • Ellie
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 11-21-17

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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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).

Problems:
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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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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