Huge “THANK YOU!” to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting and letting me take part in this tour, and Scott Reintgen for writing this amazing series.
Title: NYXIA UNLEASHED (The Nyxia Triad #2)
Author: Scott Reintgen
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
*I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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?
“We survive together. Shoulder to shoulder.”
Nyxia Unleased picks up right where Nyxia left off, with the crew landing on Magnia, unlike Nyxia there are three POV’s in this book. The entire book takes place on Eden and we are introduced to the Imago, or as those on Babel call them the Adamites. I honestly like the Imago better.
While on Magnia the team realizes things aren’t as clear cut as how Babel told them it would be. They all knew they were up to something, but when the crew talks more about their backgrounds, they knew that they were picked because they were “broken” be it, poor family, in need of medical care for a family member, being discarded by their family, etc. Babel took them in gave them false hopes and promises, trying to mold these kids into their ideal weapons that would be more beneficial on Magnia than on Earth.
“They made us into weapons. It will be their downfall.”
Once the crew agrees that they will stand together and go against Babel, things really start to pick up in the book. They do go ahead with the plans to mine the Nyxia, but there are plans going on in the background that I don’t think even Babel would consider.
With the help of Morning (who is just a kick ass female) the crew learns how to manipulate the Nyxia in ways that even the crew on Babel taught them, which was amazing. Poor Holly is injured in a mining accident when tying to use the Nyxia in such a way that I doubt the crew of the Babel could have even trained the crew for.
During their downtime and travels across the planet, the crew leans more about the Imago and Magnia, it has quite a history and description as to the planet itself and the two moons (Magness and Glacius) that circle around the planet. Depending on the year and which moon is predominate, the name changes along with the weather and natural disasters. They also find out that the Nyxia isn’t a natual resource on Magnia itself, but are meteors from the moon Magness.
I won’t go into much detail about the Capital (Sevenset), but by the descriptions given by Emmett, it sounds amazing, and even meeting the Daughters (the rulers of Magnia/Glacius). The performances when they arrive also just sound so amazing and “earthly”.
There is an epic battle near the end of the book. Both on Magnia and back on the Babel spaceship, and boy does it once again end on one heck of a cliffhanger…
One thing that did make me laugh was the slight nod to Dragonball, with the mention of the scouter. Thank you for that Scott!
After I read Nyxia I couldn’t shut up about it, now I get to do the same with Nyxia Unleashed, and when the 3rd book is out I will probably be the same way. Sadly there is no date for the book yet.
Scott Reintgen was always a back-row dreamer. As early as kindergarten, teachers noticed his tendency to stare out of classroom windows and disappear to more interesting elsewheres. In high school, he began laboring away on the opening chapter of his first fantasy novel. One of his favorite English teachers agreed to read the pages and the very next day she switched him (illegally) out of Spanish and into a Creative Writing class. The story got tossed eventually, but he never lost the confidence he was given by that single act of empowering faith.
Convinced he would one day be a writer, Scott spent most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This eventually led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in North Carolina. He strongly believes that every student who steps into his classroom has the right to see themselves, vibrant and victorious and on the page. It’s his hope to encourage a future full of diverse writers. As he’s fond of reminding his students, “You have a story to tell and you’re the only one who can tell it.”
As for his own writing, Scott continues to follow in the footsteps of his favorite authors. It was Tolkien who once wrote, “The fairy gold (too often) turns to withered leaves when it is brought away. All I can ask is that you, knowing all these things, will receive my withered leaves, as a token at least that my hand once held a little of the gold.” And Scott hopes his books are a trail of withered leaves that might lead readers to the bright elsewheres through which he constantly finds himself wandering.
He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Katie, and family.
Note: I went with this website domain instead of http://www.scottreintgen.com because, let’s be honest, my name’s really hard to pronounce. Rather than make people suffer through trying to spell it every time, I thought this would be easier!
3 winners will win a finished copy of NYXIA UNLEASHED, US Only.
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