Title: Nyxia (The Nxyia Triad #1)
Author: Scott Reintgen
Date Read: 11/11/2017 – 16/11/2017
I’m generally more of a fantasy fan than straight science-fiction, bu I have to say that while some of the world-building in this book bothered me, the characters and writing certainly made up for it.
Emmett is one of ten young adults chosen to travel to the planet Eden to mine a new element called Nyxia. While ten have been chosen, only eight will make it through the gruelling training and receive the enormous pay-out. But the company they are working for, Babel, has secrets and Emmett is not sure the company they have entrusted themselves to can be trusted.
For a book with such a large cast, Reintgen does a fantastic job of creating individual characters. The cast is also diverse, with characters from all over the world chosen by Babel. There were only a couple of occasions where i got them confused; otherwise, they were always distinct.
As I said, the world-building was where I tripped up every now and then. For a start, while it is obviously set in the future, I could never work out exactly how far. There was one reference to Babel swallowing Google in 2036, but that was the only indication. Some of the technology was cmopletely out of this world, but then the characters still signed their contracts with a pen on paper. Emmett’s music tastes were early-twenty-first century and earlier, and there was one scene where the characters spent the night watching old Disney cartoons. .There was no invented future popular culture, which I found a bit lazy.
Still, the writing was solid and the book had a great pace, which meant I was keen to keep reading and see how everything panned out. Despite my frustrations, I’m definitely keen to see where this series goes.