Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen


Title: Nyxia Unleashed
Series: The Nyxia Triad #2
Author: Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 17, 2018

Format: Hardback
Page Count: 400

Rating: 


Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octane thriller.”

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?(taken from goodreads.com)

Honestly, I don't really want to write this review because I don't know what to say. So, I've decided I'm just going to word-vomit my stream of consciousness onto this site. Bear with me as I unravel my own thoughts in this review.

Nyxia, book one, was something else. I was shook by how invested I became in the story, even though I'm not a huge sci-fi fan. Reintgen uses diversity, imaginative concepts, and incredible characters to drive an unpredictable story.

Then, in book two, things take a bit of a turn. If you haven't read book one, stop reading this review now.

The Genesis teens have reached the planet they're destined to alter forever, and obviously, the setting changes the feel of the book quite a bit. Suddenly there's no competition and no spaceship. I crossed my fingers and prayed that Reintgen would give us a Pandora-esque alien planet to explore, but in reality, he doesn't dive into this new setting as much as I hoped he would. I mean, it's an entire new world. How can you not spend time deeply developing it and using it as a platform for creativity? I was disappointed that we stuck more to politics and a few mentions of scary creatures.

The characters still shine brightly. I loved watching Emmett and his crew bond as they face betrayal and danger, and I will ship Emmett and Morning for 83,451 years. Even when I got bored with the plot, I was still happy to read about the Genesis members.

The ending left me with mixed feelings. Part of me is desperate to know what happens next, but part of me also thinks book three will be even more different from the first book than Nyxia Unleashed. I guess I'll decide if I want to pick it up once it's released.

Bottom line: This series is real good, but book two seems to be suffering from "middle book syndrome." You know, where the plot is desperately trying to find its way from point A to point B, but it's getting a little lost along the way?

I'd recommend reading it if you LOVED book one, but if you felt kinda meh about this series already, it's probably not worth your time.