What level of desperation would you reach to help your sick mom?


When Emmet Atwater is offered the opportunity of a lifetime, he doesn’t hesitate to accept. No matter that it means leaving behind his parents in Detroit, or heading out into space with Babel Corporation, a billion dollar company. If Emmet wins a spot on an exclusive team, he receives a lifetime guarantee of financial and medical support for his dying mother. It doesn’t take long for Emmet to realize that he and his other other nine competitors share something in common: they are desparate and will do anything to claim the remaining spots. Now, Emmet has to decide: will he compromise his morals or dig deeper in to the mysteries of Babel. 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (13):
I love this book for its straightforward, action-filled plot and the clearly described characters. It is logical and understandable, something that can be difficult to find in sci-fi novels. The story feels direct and streamlined, without loads of unnecessary information or context. Flashbacks, setting descriptions, and character appearances are described with less detail, allowing the reader to look at the bigger picture and observe the more interesting details.

Another thing I love is that the characters on the team are diverse, each originating from a different area of the world, and yet interacting together in a way that feels natural and seemless. They each grow in their character and are forced to grapple with difficult topics, e.g., the boundaries between “rich and wrong.”

The romantic side of the story could have been improved. This was underdeveloped and felt rushed, which was opposite of the more graduatl plot progression. The characters are not described with enough depth or layering. For example, one of the 10 contestants is consistently explained as “humorous” or “heavy,” without any other additional information or facts. The story could have been enriched much further with greater character development, as this would add color and interest to the relationships.

Overall, this story is good, but better suited to those who like action vs. emotional depth. It is a light and easy read well suited for readers 10 and older.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

If you like action-packed science fiction mixed with a few moral dilemmas, you will like Nyxia.

Content Awareness Factors:

Characters use profanity; plot contains violence.

Type of Book:
This is a science fiction novel with lots of action and an underlying good v. evil dilemma.
Educational Themes:

This is a book ripe for discussion about what your reader would do in the various scenarios. Ask them early in the book which character they'd be and why. Stop halfway through and ask how they feel about their character now. Would they change? Then ask again at the end. Why did they "stay" with that person, or what made them change their mind about the character.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
11 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 13
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It is a good story but does not have that "it" factor.

Title Nyxia

The Nyxia Triad, Book 1 of 3

Author Scott Reintgen
Publisher Ember, Imprint Penguin Random House Canada © 2018 (Reprint Edition)
ISBN 9780399556821
Material Hard Cover
Cost $10.99
Genres Adventure, Friendship, Science Fiction
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