Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

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“We hope that this will be the first step in a long and meaningful relationship.”

After the fierce competition, the survivors of Genesis 11 are launched into space. The next part of their journey begins on the planet Eden. Our protagonist, Emmett Attwater has won his battle and a chance to earn his money on Eden. But his mind always wanders back to those left behind.

The new recruits are divided into three teams to harvest the Nyxia. They all had to pass Babel’s tests. In a team competition, the contestants were pitted against each other. And this resentment has funneled its way down from the Genesis onto the planet. But these young recruits will have to work together as unbeknownst to them there will be challenges that will arise on the new land. This is especially true after the initial greetings with the Adamites of Sevenset. Babel has not been entirely forthcoming about what to expect on the new terrain. And nor have the Adamites.

“All of you are here to restore a world our people have forgotten.”

The story continues right where it left off seamlessly. The tension is high and we are about to embark on a thrilling and fast-paced drama. The relationships have changed, the simulations are now real, and the interactions of unearthly creatures are bewildering.

The world building of Eden is extraordinary. The two moons shining light upon the land unveil the dangerous landscapes of the continent of Grimgarden. Creatures are predatorial and abundant in the darkest hours. Mystical beasts include feathered monkies that can cloak themselves and rare centuries that can evolve with time. The seven rings of Sevenset are an elaborate landscape on the sea. The innermost sanctum harbors the daughters of the throne. But once again, there is more than meets the eye.

Reintgen did not miss a beat in the creation of the second installment of the Nyxia triad. It was not just a continuation, but a re-creation of the story. Many twist and turns will keep the reader gripping tightly to the book (or my case kindle). As the group of young miners uncovers the darker mysteries of Babel’s role on Eden, they will weave tighter together to ensure they will see the light of day on earth.

“Shoulder to Shoulder to stand”

My only criticism of the narrative is that we only get a taste of the other character’s past. To understand Longwei’s determination to be a chosen one for Babel and to see a young man trying to find worth through a parent’s eye was very poignant. I would have loved to see the more added depth to the characters, especially the loathsome ones. However, the main character Emmett Atwater continues to endear our heart and we see him emerge valiantly from his past. And other characters will brave the dark side to forge the recruits safety.

Nyxia Unleashed was not only entertaining but a novel that exceeded my expectations for a sequel. The ending chapters are exciting and well played out with a hook that will keep the reader wanting more. And now I wait for the final installment.

Thank you, NetGalley, Random House Children’s and Crown Books for Young Readers, and Scott Reintgen for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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