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Nyxia
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Nyxia
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"A high-octane thriller . . . Nyxia grabs you from the first line and never lets go." —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Warcross
Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller—the first in a trilogy—that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae.

What would you be 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 ten 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.

"The 100 meets Illuminae in this high-octane sci-fi thriller." —Bustle
"A high-octane thriller . . . Nyxia grabs you from the first line and never lets go." —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Warcross
Every life has a price in this sci-fi thriller—the first in a trilogy—that has the nonstop action of The Maze Runner and the high-stakes space setting of Illuminae.

What would you be 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 ten 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.

"The 100 meets Illuminae in this high-octane sci-fi thriller." —Bustle
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  • ATOS:
    4.6
  • Lexile:
    650
  • Interest Level:
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  • Text Difficulty:
    2 - 3

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Excerpts-
  • From the book DAY 1, 8:47 A.M.
    Aboard Genesis 11



    "You all know why you're here."
    There are ten of us at the table. We all nod like we even have a clue.
    Eight of the richest men and women in the world stand at the opposite end of the conference room. Last night, I used PJ's phone to look them up. Babel Communications. Swallowed Google back in 2036. Some blogger says they're NASA's dark little shadow and have been for decades. Whatever they do, they look good doing it. Each of them wears the same charcoal suit. It looks like someone threaded smoke into formal wear. The overheads dance off all the polished shoulders and shoes.
    But the lights and the room and the world are bending forward to hear the man who's speaking: Marcus Defoe. He's black, but not like me. I've spent half my life feeling like an absence, a moonless night. I can't imagine this guy going anywhere without turning heads. Everything about him whispers king. It's in the set of his shoulders and the sound of his voice and the quiet power of his walk. He glides toward us, and a series of warning signs flash through my head. One glance is enough to know he's the most danger- ous man in the room.
    Leaning back, I pull one of my earbuds out. My music was playing low-key but the Asian kid next to me keeps looking over like it's the loudest thing he's ever heard. Tough luck. I leave the volume up just to grind at him. When Babel recruited me, they said all of this was a game. I like playing games, but I like winning games even more. The stiff next to me shakes his head in annoyance, and I already feel like I'm up a few points on him.
    The earpiece bleeds half beats and old-soul voices. Peo- ple at school think I like early hip-hop 'cause it's vintage, but the truth is I could never afford the new stuff. When my neighbor glances over for the thousandth time, I nod and smile like we're going to be best friends.
    "You were chosen to be at the forefront of the most serious space exploration known to mankind. The results of your mission will change the outlook for our species." Defoe goes on to talk about humanity, manifest destiny, and final frontiers. His head is shaved and perfectly round. His smile is blinding. His eyes are so stunningly blue that the girls at school would call them the color of boom. Babel's king has a single imperfection: His right hand is withered, like a giant took its sweet time breaking each and every bone. It's the kind of injury you're not supposed to look at, but always do. "The reward for your efforts will be beyond your imagination. A trust fund has already been established for each of you. A check for fifty thousand dollars will be put into your account every month for the rest of your lives."
    Everyone at the table perks up. Straighter shoulders, wider eyes, less fidgeting. We all react to the numbers because we all must be dead-dancin' broke. Except one kid.
    He looks bored. King Solomon just tossed us the keys to the kingdom, and he's hiding yawns? I take a closer look. He's white. I fact-check the table and realize he's the only white boy here. American? Maybe. Could be European. He's sporting a plain three-button shirt. He drums his fingers distractedly on the table, and I spot a tag under one armpit. So the shirt's a recent purchase. His hair looks deliberately imperfect, like he wanted to seem more down-to-earth. When he glances my way, I set both eyes back on Defoe again.
    "Beyond monetary stability, we are also offering our medical plans for your families. They now have free access to health care, counseling, surgery, and the most advanced treatments for cancer and other terminal diseases....
About the Author-
  • Scott Reintgen has spent his career as a teacher of English and creative writing in diverse urban communities in North Carolina. The hardest lesson he learned was that inspiration isn't equally accessible for everyone. So he set out to write a novel for the front-row sleepers and back-row dreamers of his classrooms. He hopes that his former students see themselves, vibrant and on the page, in characters like Emmett. You can follow him on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter at @Scott_Thought.
Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 10, 2017
    In Reintgen’s energetic debut, a Detroit teen is offered an extraordinary opportunity by corporate giant Babel Communications to earn more than enough money to bring his family out of poverty and get his mother needed medical care. Emmett Atwater, who is black, and nine other teens from across the world are eager to travel to Eden, an Earthlike planet that is home to humanoid beings called Adamites. There, they’ll mine for a sought-after substance called nyxia, which can transform itself into just about anything. But only eight can go, and they must fight for the privilege. Emmett isn’t about to lose, but winning becomes harder as he starts to care about his competitors, especially his sweet-natured Japanese roommate, Kaya, and the kindly Bilal, from the West Bank. The setup will draw comparisons to The Hunger Games, but Reintgen’s characters stand on their own, and the trials they face are inventive. Emmett’s self-deprecation, wit, and ability to see the good in others will keep readers riveted and eager for the next volume in this planned trilogy. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary.

  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2017

    Gr 9 Up-Emmett Atwater is in need of a great deal of money to help his mother. So when Babel Communications offers him a fortune and a once-in-a-lifetime deep-space experience, he jumps at the opportunity. Now he and 10 other broken and desperate recruits are fighting for the right to mine a planet that humanity does not know exists. But are they just competing against one another, or is there more to Babel's plans? Can the cost of human lives be measured against the value of Nyxia, a new substance found only on the planet Eden? At what cost do success and failure come? An amazing adventure of intelligence and strength, this sci-fi book presents diverse and complex characters in a tale about greed and internal compromise. The author brings to life more than a dozen characters with depth and individual personalities and agendas. This is a wonderful example of how personal and corporate values are often intertwined despite being at odds with each other. VERDICT Fans of the "Hunger Games" and the "Maze Runner" series will enjoy this series opener.-Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford College, TX

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    August 1, 2017
    Kids endure rigorous competition aboard a spaceship.When Babel Communications invites 10 teens to participate in "the most serious space exploration known to mankind," Emmett signs on. Surely it's the jackpot: they'll each receive $50,000 every month for life, and Emmett's mother will get a kidney transplant, otherwise impossible for poor people. They head through space toward the planet Eden, where they'll mine a substance called nyxia, "the new black gold." En route, the corporation forces them into brutal competition with one another--fighting, running through violent virtual reality racecourses, and manipulating nyxia, which can become almost anything. It even forms language-translating facemasks, allowing Emmett, a black boy from Detroit, to communicate with competitors from other countries. Emmett's initial understanding of his own blackness may throw readers off, but a black protagonist in outer space is welcome. Awkward moments in the smattering of black vernacular are rare. Textual descriptions can be scanty; however, copious action and a reality TV atmosphere (the scoreboard shows regularly) make the pace flow. Emmett's first-person voice is immediate and innocent: he realizes that Babel's ruthless and coldblooded but doesn't apply that to his understanding of what's really going on. Readers will guess more than he does, though most confirmation waits for the next installment--this ends on a cliffhanger. Fast-moving and intriguing though inconsistent on multiple fronts. (Science fiction. 12-16)

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • The Bulletin "Both curious and suspicious at every turn, [Emmett] is an ideal narrator, and a sequel can't come soon enough."
  • PW "Emmett's self-deprecation, wit, and ability to see the good in others will keep readers riveted and eager for the next volume in this planned trilogy."
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