**5++ Goodreads Stars**
“The routine goes like this: Arrive. Unpack. Flirt a little. Feel guilty I’m flirting with the fate of multiple worlds on the line. Flirt some more. Drill down into darkness. Gut the planet. Get that money. Pack it in neat boxes. Sleep with one eye open. Rinse and repeat.”
Are you looking for a heart-pounding science fiction adventure that features characters you truly care about? If so, Scott Reintgen’s Nyxia series are for you. Nyxia Unleashed is the second book in the Nyxia series and it was just as action-packed as the first book, Nyxia. You can read my 5++ star review of Nyxia here.
Nyxia ended with a cliffhanger – the teenagers who were recruited and trained to mine a magical but deadly substance called Nyxia were put to the ultimate test: to fight for their lives against their crewmembers. Those who won get to go to Eden to mine Nyxia for the profit-hungry company Babel. This battle was not in their contract, but most of what the teenagers – who were plucked from a poverty-stricken Earth – had been contractually promised were lies. Who would make it to Eden to mine Nyxia and who would be killed?
The second book picks up right where Nyxia left off. I won’t spoil the plot, but as readers of the first book can probably guess, Emmett survives. Emmett, a rough and tumble but morally sound kid from Detroit, is faced with new challenges now that he and the remaining crew are on Eden, home to the alien race Imago. The Imago have been painted as dangerous and conniving by Babel. The Imago are facing imminent disaster; their people are no longer able to conceive children and their moon is dying. Babel believes it has cut a deal with a desperate culture that will soon fade away. Babel, however, is in for a surprise.
Reintgen is a master of words and detail; he has created a world and people who are so vastly different from our own universe. He has a knack for description and for making you feel as though you, too, are on Eden experiencing new landscapes, creatures, and people for the very first time just like Emmett. I cannot wait for the third installment in this series! It was billed as a young adult series, but it is definitely for adults who enjoy science fiction, adventure, and richly drawn characters. I cannot recommend this series enough!
Thank you to Scott Reintgen, Random House Children’s, Crown Books for Young Readers, and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy of Nyxia Unleashed! Looking forward to the third book in this series – and I LOVE the covers of these books!