Review of Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review of Nyxia Unleashed by Scott ReintgenNyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen
Pages: 400
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on July 17, 2018
Series: The Nyxia Triad #2
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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-octance 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?

Review

While I loved Nyxia, Nyxia Unleashed took this series to an entirely different level. Reintgen kept the same emotional core as the first but drastically expanded the scope of the story. This addictive and fast-paced read made for a wonderful second installment in this excellent series. 

Nyxia Unleashed picks up just moments after the finale of Nyxia. Now on the alien planet, Emmett, Morning, and the others must find their way to the first Babel base. Reintgen does an excellent job of slowly easing both his characters and the reader into this new environment. I loved how easy it was to picture this new world (and the slightly terrifying creatures inhabiting it). 

The introduction of the Imago was handled beautifully. Their culture is so distinct and I liked that Reintgen didn’t make it a utopian society. The parallels drawn between their caste system and our societal structure were brilliant. Through the crew’s interactions with the Imago, Reintgen addresses colonialism and challenges the idea that any one culture (or belief system) is better than another. I also loved that the crew was a meritocracy. Morning was the best suited for leadership and so she was the leader. Simple as that.  Fiction is a mirror to reality and Reintgen has a written a book that truly makes the reader think and question their own unconscious biases.

Nyxia Unleashed was so wonderfully diverse on every level. In some novels, it feels like authors shoehorn diverse characters in just to be able to say their novel is diverse. This was absolutely not the case here. Reintgen put such care, respect, and thought into each and every character. Plus I loved the focus on found family! The relationships that developed between characters were so heart-warming. And the banter was on-point. The romance between Emmett and Morning was absolutely adorable, I particularly loved the scenes with their chaperone. I also liked that the romance never took over the plot. It was definitely present but wasn’t  the main focus. 

The plot was so full of twists and turns. I loved how the suspense was drawn out, Reintgen is a master of timing reveals for maximum impact. I did think that the pacing was a bit slow at the beginning and a bit fast at the end. However, I still ended up reading the entire book in just a few hours because I didn’t want to put it down. 

Nyxia Unleashed ends on a massive cliffhanger that’s slightly brutal. Needless to say, but I’m going to be anxiously awaiting Nyxia Uprising, the final book in the series. Nyxia Unleashed was an excellent installment to a wonderful series that’s full of non-stop action, found family, and out-of-this-world adventures. I’d recommend if you enjoy YA science fiction. 

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