Nyxia Unleashed

Nyxia Unleashed

by Scott Reintgen


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"File this book under A for Amazing." -Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling author

Discover book two in the sci-fi space trilogy that Bustle described as "The 100 meets Illuminae" and 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 spaceship 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?

Praise for Book 1 in The Nyxia Triad:

"A high-octane thriller . . . Nyxia grabs you from the first line and never lets go." -Marie Lu,#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Young Elites series

"Brilliant concept meets stellar execution in this fast-paced deep space adventure. I was hooked from page one." -Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399556869
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/19/2019
Series: The Nyxia Triad Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 65,674
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Scott Reintgen is the author of the Nyxia Triad series. His former career as an English teacher in diverse urban communities in North Carolina taught him the difficult lesson that inspiration isn't equally accessible to everyone. So he set out to write a novel for the front-row sleepers and back-row dreamers in his classes. He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, his son, and dog Luna. You can follow him on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter at @Scott_Thought.

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Emmett Atwater




Fallen angels were cast down to Earth and became demons. When Babel casts us out, it’s in fire and blood and steel. As the descent begins, I hold on to one truth: I am more than what they would make of me.


It takes thirty seconds for the silence of space to give way as I break through Eden’s atmosphere. It sounds like giant fists hammering the sides of the pod. Metal screams, and I start shouting every cuss word I know. The porthole windows dazzle: bright purple slashes and golden hooks against black backdrops. The patterns start to turn my stomach, so I close my eyes.


A snarl and a snap, then I get a nice gut shot as the drags deploy. Flame-resistant chutes explode overhead. My velocity cuts to nothing, but my heart rate’s still spiking when the entire console flashes red. I lean forward and catch a glimpse of dark nothing before the pod drives, hammer-struck, into Eden’s surface.


“Landing sequence complete.”


I groan at the android voice. Grid lights flash from the console. They trace the contours of my body before winking out. My holographic avatar appears in the air. Burns on my lower back. The cut on my shoulder from Roathy’s blade is a thin red slash. There are a few speckled internal stresses, but nothing with exclamation points.


“You require medical attention.”


“You think? Let me out of the pod.”


“Exodus Sequence confirmed.”


The porthole windows are covered in mud, but that doesn’t stop the walls from peeling back like the wings of a great metallic insect. Sweat-soaked, I stagger out beneath the hatches and take my first steps on a foreign planet. Turn and search, turn and search. I’m alone.


My launch pod flashes red beacon lights, but I see no answer on the dark horizon. Behind me are vague, mountain-like rises. Ahead, a strangled valley thick with trees and creeks.


I look up, blink, and look again. Two moons loom in the starless night. Their combined light creates the illusion of a bright, snowy evening. Every branch is pale-painted, every creek a whitewashed echo. I look back up. One moon is bigger and brighter, its surface marred by a series of bloody scars. The other moon is dime-to-quarter of the first. Hanging in the sky, they look like a pair of mismatched eyes set in a dark, endless face.


The moons watch me stumble to the nearest creek and plunge my hands in elbow-deep. A rippling shiver runs up my spine and sharpens the senses. My hands shake as I wash Roathy’s blood away. I scrub dark streaks from my suit, rinse my face, and try to forget the broken boys Babel wanted to bury in the stars.


I left Roathy alive, but what about Bilal? The others?


Shivering, I stumble back to the pod and hoist my knapsack over a shoulder. There’s nothing else to do but walk, find the others. Did something go wrong with my landing? Or did Babel lie about this too? The need to see another human face dominates every thought. I can’t fathom the idea of sleeping alone on an alien planet. So I climb the nearest hill. And after that, another. My strides are light and long in Eden’s lower gravity.


At the top of the next hill, I look back. My pod’s beacon glows red, but there’s still no sign of the others. I stare down at the strangled valley, brightened by both moons, and realize it’s empty. The creek shuffles through the hills. A breeze clacks branches together like spears, but I don’t see any animals. No birds fluttering between branches or fish leaping out of creeks.


Anxious, I press on to the next hill, and the next, and the next.


Finally I reach an overlook that connects to the other valleys. They honeycomb darkly out, each of them beaconless. I have no idea where the rest of the crew might have landed, or if they landed at all.


In the gloom, I look for a sign. A hole dug into a hillside or a tree snapped by a falling spacecraft. Anything. The landscape stares back, and a fear takes shape, nestling in the darkest corner of my mind: I’m alone.


Then a flicker. Bright orange against the pale moonlight. Not a pod beacon, but a fire. It’s no more than a speck, but I strain my eyes, scared to lose the sight. It flickers again, a bright flash, and then someone brandishes the torch like a flag. The movement’s so human, so hopeful, that a ragged breath escapes my lungs.


I’m not alone. The others are here.


The way isn’t easy, but I cut across the face of the valley, trying not to lose sight of the fire. I’m forced down a pair of steep hills and into the forest. I splash my way through ankle-deep creeks and finally plunge through the low branches.


They’re waiting. Four faces washed in flame.


Morning stands apart. She’s holding a crude and crooked branch tipped with fire. I don’t know who she expected, but the sight of me dismisses some dark fear. There’s something fierce about the way she tosses the branch back onto the pile and crosses the distance. I can barely get my hands out as she wraps me in a hug, head pressed to my chest like it belongs there.


Over her shoulder, though, I get my first good look at the others.


They look like the survivors of an apocalypse, not explorers knocking on the door of a new world. Azima’s eyes are dark. She’s wearing her ceremonial bracelet for the first time in months, and I understand why. Out here, anything that feels like home is a good thing. Jaime rests his head in her lap. I almost confuse it for something romantic until I see the wound. An angry red marks him from rib to gut. It’s already stitched up, but that doesn’t make it look any less nightmarish. His pale knuckles are painted with dried blood.


My heart breaks. For him, for whoever they made him fight. The sight puts an end to my theory that Jaime was ever special or different. Babel’s broken him just like the rest of us. My mind jumps to Bilal. Is my friend alive or dead? Was he put in Jaime’s launch room? Anton sits nearby too. The little Russian’s eyes look completely lost. What did Babel do to us?

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Nyxia Unleashed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Defenitly five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great storyline and plot, I would definitely recommend buying this! I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out!
TheLiteraryEmpress More than 1 year ago
File under A for Amazing Thanks Random House Children’s Books and Crown Books for the advance reader of Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen. There’s no middle book slump here. If anything, Nyxia Unleashed is a stunning sequel and the perfect middle book in the Nyxia Triad. What is it that made Nyxia Unleashed break through the middle book slump that seems to plague trilogies? Tone. What do I mean by that? It’s a phenomenal balance of somber themes and funny moments, of hard realities and hope. One thing that gets under my skin is that YA characters sometimes forget they are teenagers. *No, I am no longer a teenager and this may be completely wrong because I’m basing this off personal experience. * Sure; be the hero, save that day, but what about the inner struggle, the turmoil, the fact that there are very real transitions going on in that character’s personal life? I guess I feel like sometimes YA teenagers aren’t allowed to be awkward, or freaking out about life, or taking a moment to just be. This may be more relevant in contemporary, but in SFF this seems to almost never get addressed. That said, Nyxia Unleashed showed me that this notion can be dealt with in SFF YA. Maybe it’s just me, but I have never seen such an on-point cast of teenage characters struggling with identity and transition and balancing “saving the world” as I have while reading Nyxia Unleashed. I won’t spoil anything, but Scott Reintgen proves that teenagers can be teenagers in YA science fiction. How Scott addresses the concepts of race and class is woven with delicate threads. The line between diversity and division are strong and relevant in Nyxia Unleashed with good reason. It’s provoking. I’d call it a major thread throughout the book and it’s beautiful to watch understanding take hold of these characters as they learn more about the world they’ve entered, the people they meet, and each other. My favorite thing about Nyxia and Nyxia Unleashed is Emmett. I can’t name another character that comes close to Emmett and how he leaps off the page. How he addresses “Good and Evil”, the rationalizing of horrific events and finding a way to counter that. His use of “be good” doesn’t replace or diminished the bad things or forgive it. His entire concept of “do better next time” is the most realistic portrayal I’ve seen when handling topics of violence and war. It’s close to the notion of “forgive, but don’t forget” value of profoundness that sometimes gets lost in YA’s darker stories of revenge or retribution. There are seriously no words to describe how intense and vibrant Nyxia Unleashed is, but I never once felt like it was too dark or too somber. The moments of hidden joy, the snatches of life that throw inhibition out the window are the things that make this book such a gem and treasure trove of relatable characters. And did I mention there’s an utterly fantastic food scene? You all know I’m a fool for food scenes, right? I wouldn’t normally say a second book in a trilogy is my favorite, but Nyxia Unleashed is. While I’m sad to see the end of this entire cast of characters, I also am dying to know what happens next in Nyxia Uprising.
CaptainsQuarters More than 1 year ago
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the first book then ye might want to skip this post. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . I absolutely loved the first book and was so excited to read this one.  It be the middle book in the Nyxia Triad and for a book two, this was extremely fun.  I was easily sucked back into the world of the Babel corporation and loved reading more of the adventures of Emmett Atwater and crew. While this book clocks in at 400 pages, I read it in one sitting and the time whooshed by.  I absolutely love the nyxia substance and its capabilities.  Many of the crew was upset that book one took place in a space ship and wanted to see what the alien planet was like.  Well ye get yer chance here. I thought the planet of Eden had some excellent wildlife.  That is the part that felt most alien and different.  I really want to see pictures of a century.  I don't want to meet one in person.  Sadly I thought the Adamites were hardly alien at all.  They be humanoid and their culture felt too Earth-like.  I found the ability of the two groups to mix so easily to be unrealistic.  I mean the humans and aliens could even eat the same food!  Also the author described one bridge as "man-made."  The humans didn't make it! But I didn't let it bother me too much because the plot was fast and engaging.  I loved the politics between the two cultures.  I loved seeing the relationships of the young adult humans grow and change.  I still think Emmett is an awesome character. This book still could have used more nyxia but I thought the set-up for the next book rocks and I can't wait to read it.
Marleene More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this series as an ARC before it came out, and I was more or less blown away. I loved it, and I couldn’t wait for the release of the sequel. So, I was so happy when I got the opportunity to read the ARC of Nyxia Unleashed too, and I had been waiting for so long to see what happened to Emmet and all the other kids from Genesis 11 and 12. Nyxia Unleashed takes us on a very different journey than what the first installment in the series did. Now we find ourselves on an alien planet full of dangers and our cast is scarred and hurt from all that Babel put them through. They struggle with through of what they’ve been forced to do, which getting back home and who to trust. All in all, I truly enjoyed this story and the twists and turns this story takes are enjoyable. I love seeing the relationship between Morning and Emmet evolve despite these harsh conditions, and it’s a joy to once and awhile get a glimpse of the lightheartedness we saw in book one. This sequel though, is dark and heart wrenching, so many dilemmas, so many ways to take and the slightest mistake might end in disaster. There’s definitely nothing wrong with the tension and conflict here. There are, however, a few things that does take down the rating a bit for me here. In particular, I find that it has introduced too many twisty obstacles, and yet still manages to have large sections without anything really happening. We get thrown here and there without really getting anything fully explained or fleshed out. In a way it felt a bit rushed, as if the author wanted to include so much detail of this world and the story that it all in the end turned into a confusing mush embedded in a slow meaningless bubble. The second thing is that there was a whole lot of namedropping in the beginning, and for me (who’s incredibly awful at remembering names) it was so confusing. I had no idea who these people were and therefore I could not relate to a single thing that happened. So, for those like me, I strongly recommend rereading the first book in the series to freshen up the memory. I also fail to really see the point of having the two other POV put in there when one only appeared once and the other like three times. I would have loved to either have none of it, or more of it. The way it is now feels like a middle-way that didn’t work. Lastly, I want to add that by the time we go to the 70% mark of the book, things really took off, and I once again saw the fast-paced action that I loved so much in Nyxia. When the pieces start to fall into place it’s such an incredible feeling, and just like in the first book, Nyxia Unleashed really manages to both wrap up the plot in a great way and hook us to read the next one. And I’ll surely read the next book too, even though I’m dreading to find out that my hunch regarding one of the characters is correct. So, did you like Nyxia? Don’t miss the sequel.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
“We’re weapons. They made us this way. And we’re coming for them.” I READ Nyxia Unleashed IN ONE SITTING. I started this book just yesterday, got invested again on page 2, and LOOKED UP FOUR HOURS LATER, on page 400, HAVING TURNED THE LAST PAGE, DONE WITH THIS MARVEL AND DESPERATELY WANTING MORE. THIS BOOK WAS THE DEFINITION OF A PERFECT SEQUEL, WITH HIGH STAKES, A BRILLIANT, EVER-EVOLVING PLOT AND STELLAR WRITING. I am BLOWN AWAY by how Scott Reintgen’s ability to write and to keep changing the game and always keep me at the edge of my seat. Nyxia Unleashed was everything I hoped it would be and more, and I NEED the next book in my life. ALL THE THINGS I LOVED: 1. The World-Building: This was SUCH a crucial element to me, because Nyxia, book one, ended with the winners of Babel’s ‘competition’ hurtling down towards a new planet. I LOVED the descriptions of the Adamites (or the Imago), the planet Eden itself, the Sevenset, the creatures (especially the Century) within and even the people and their customs. There was this particular scene in a restaurant in the Sixth Ring, with such vivid descriptions to the cuisine that I absolutely loved! It was all these small details that made me feel like I was learning about an alien planet like I was actually there and it was brilliant. 2. The Genesis: We learn later in the book that Imago call the humans the Genesis. I feel like I didn’t know enough about the crew on Genesis 12 during the last book, and I struggled to remember the names of the ten kids IN the original Genesis 11 before Genesis 12, but I loved how Scott Reintgen wrote them all as complex characters, each with a different storyline and I TRULY enjoyed getting to know each of them. I absolutely ADORE Anton, Parvin, Omar, Katsu, Longwei (strangely enough) and, of course, Morning and Emmett right now. 3. Morning, the Genius Leader and Plotter: I have some SERIOUS respect for Morning. I couldn’t like her because she was (sort of) the enemy in the previous book, but I TRULY TRULY grew to love her in Nyxia Unleashed. I loved her fierce loyalty, her cunning mind and her skill. 4. ALL THE TWISTS AND TURNS: I couldn’t attempt to predict this book and this series, even if I tried my level best. The game kept evolving, the stakes kept rising, there was so many bonds being made and broken, and so many truth coming to light that I found it IMPOSSIBLE to tear myself away from it all. It was truly a riveting read. At the end of my review of Nyxia, I distinctly remember calling Scott Reintgen an ‘evil genius.’ After finishing Nyxia Unleashed, I’ll amend that statement and just call him a genius because THIS BOOK AND THIS SERIES AND THESE CHARACTERS AND ALL THEY GO THROUGH, FIGHTING BETWEEN TWO POWERFUL FORCES, AND THE STAKES AND THE PLANS AND THE PLOT TWISTS ARE JUST SO PERFECT, AND MIND BOGGLING THAT I’M IN AWE. Basically, I’m obsessed. I will now return to by bookworm shell until book three is in my hands. Goodbye.
Shortcake5 More than 1 year ago
So many things could be written about Nyxia Unleashed! I am always afraid for the next installment to come along after I fall in love with the first book in a series. I couldn’t wait for Nyxia Unleashed to be released after reading Nyxia last year. I was on pins and needles with anticipation. As I said though, I am always worried that the next book will let me down, that the storyline will get confusing, or that the plot gets dropped and/or twisted in a direction that doesn’t feel right… Nyxia Unleashed didn’t let me down. It was, in my honest opinion, even better than the first book!! It ended with me wanting more, which is always a good sign, AND, I have no idea what direction the last book will take to finish off this trilogy. It’s a mystery as to what Mr. Reintgen has in store for the last part of the “Triad”. Again, I am left waiting, that’s a good thing! With a book like the Nyxia Triad, you never want to give away any of the good stuff, but I can’t wait until whichever one of you, my dear readers, hits the pages where the Imago introduces Genesis to the different rings in their world. It was a most excellent adventure. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I really, truly, couldn’t put this book down. Just a word about the imprint for this series, it may be published under the Young Readers/ Children’s section of Crown Books (an Imprint of Random House Publishing), however, it is not too young that it doesn’t interest all age groups. I am not sure that it’s actually for super young readers as it does have a teen feel to it. Like any other Sci-Fi/ Fantasy book, I would suggest reading it to your kids, then you can discuss some of the different themes in the book. More about the book: The writing is descriptive and inventive, although there were a few times I thought I was reading a scene from Star Wars, just from a few of the lines though. That’s not a bad thing people, I am a Star Wars fanatic! Mr. Reintgen keeps the reader in suspense as to what the next scene will bring. Speaking of scenes, I truly believe, and I’ve said this before in my Nyxia review, that this series will be turned into one or more episodes of a movie. Don’t take my word for it though, you really do need to read Nyxia Unleashed if you liked Nyxia, and decide for yourself if you think it will be a near future movie, Fathom? I gave this book my highest rating of 5 stars!! It is just out of this world. :) I received this book from Random House Children’s via NetGalley in lieu of my honest opinion. This is that opinion.
Ashlynn Cohen More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I was really excited to read the next one, so when the publisher approved my request for an ARC, I was thrilled. This was so much better than the first book. There was a lot going on, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I was trying to piece everything together, but I was not expecting what happen at all. The book starts off where the last one ended; with Emmet and the rest of the Genesis crew landing on the alien planet. I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters a little more in this book. I really felt like this provided more depth into each of the characters' personalities. This was very well written. I honestly could not stop thinking about it and did not want to put it down. I would tell myself that I was only going to finish the chapter, but ended up reading five more. I am a little disappointed that I will have to wait for the third book to come out because this one left on a cliff hanger, but I am very excited for it. I would definitely recommend this book/series if you enjoy books set in space. It is a really good series, and this was an amazing book.
Hmalmal More than 1 year ago
"Shoulder to shoulder." Nyxia Unleashed is a completely different book from its predecessor. Nyxia Unleashed follows the events after Nyxia just as the group is landing on the Adamites’ planet. In some ways, I found Nyxia Unleashed to be a lot more thrilling, with just as much action, but with higher stakes. But, something that really set it apart this time, were the friendships between the group. As the plot progresses, and horrors are slowly being unfolded, the group of kids have to rely and depend on each other more than ever. Not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally as they try to remain normal and survive what they’ve been out through. Another aspect that was mentioned more in Nyxia Unleashed than even in Nyxia was the distinction between social classes on both Earth and the Adamite’s planet. While on earth, people are discriminated against skin color and prosperity, on the Adamite’s planet, they were discriminated based off of what section they lived in. I wish their class system had been explained a little better, but in the grand scheme of things, it made a point without the explanation, and also without slowing the pacing down. Overall, the cast of characters is well-done, the pacing is quick (but not too quick), and for a middle-of-the-trilogy Book, it still serves a purpose, while also being fun to read. I think I actually like it better than Nyxia?
BookFreakOut More than 1 year ago
What an absolutely stunning, phenomenal second installment to the incredible Nyxia Triad! There was literally nothing I didn't love about this book! Scott Reintgen has built an incredible world, both in terms of an actual alien planet with a well thought out ecosystem, politics, and history, and in terms of explaining how humanity has arrived to the point it is here. We get a ton of excellent character development from everyone introduced in Nyxia, with many interesting threads woven in for how they might act in book 3. The action and pacing are excellent, and there are so many insane twists. The ideas of injustice and family feel so close to home and relatable even when things are unfolding far from Earth. This is a book you absolutely can't predict, and ramps up everything that was so good about Nyxia.
AE2 More than 1 year ago
Emmett and his crewmates, the Genesis, arrive on Eden, where they begin Babel's mission for them--to mine Nyxia--and meet the planet's native inhabitants, the Imago. Having been lied to by Babel again and again, the Genesis crew goes in prepared for more deception--and they find it. They also come to realize that the Imago people haven't exactly been upfront with Babel, either, and Emmett and company will soon need to figure out what the truth is and try to figure out a way to get home. Holy.freaking.cow. Fast pace? Yes. Twists, twists, and more twists? Yes. Awesome themes and discussion points? Yes. Same great cast of characters and some new additions? Yes. Pretty much everything you could want in a teen sci-fi? Yes. This was a thrilling read, with one heck of a cliffhanger ending. I'm dying here waiting for the third book! 5 stars. I read an ARC via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Kristina_L More than 1 year ago
When picking up that next book in a series I am often a little afraid that the author will do something to kill the series. Perhaps kill off a favorite character, change the point of view and do a horrible job, or simply lose their flow. I can report this is not the case. There are some deaths and we get some new points of view but the overall flow is still there and Scott's writing is still as thrilling as the first read. From the heart racing action scenes to the beautifully rhythmic love scenes, Mr. Reingten has produced another masterpiece. His ability to create new worlds and cultures and then blend his storytelling with the various cultures from our plant is spellbinding. The characters came to life for me and this read took me on an absolutely thrilling ride. I continue to be a Scott Reintgen fan and am eager for the final book in the Nxyia Triad. I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys Sci-Fi or a story that dives into the human condition and explores the complexities of the individual, choice, and human motivation.
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
While I loved Nyxia, Nyxia Unleashed took this series to an entirely different level. Reintgen kept the same emotional core as the first but drastically expanded the scope of the story. This addictive and fast-paced read made for a wonderful second installment in this excellent series. Nyxia Unleashed picks up just moments after the finale of Nyxia. Now on the alien planet, Emmett, Morning, and the others must find their way to the first Babel base. Reintgen does an excellent job of slowly easing both his characters and the reader into this new environment. I loved how easy it was to picture this new world (and the slightly terrifying creatures inhabiting it). The introduction of the Imago was handled beautifully. Their culture is so distinct and I liked that Reintgen didn’t make it a utopian society. The parallels drawn between their caste system and our societal structure were brilliant. Through the crew’s interactions with the Imago, Reintgen addresses colonialism and challenges the idea that any one culture (or belief system) is better than another. I also loved that the crew was a meritocracy. Morning was the best suited for leadership and so she was the leader. Simple as that. Fiction is a mirror to reality and Reintgen has a written a book that truly makes the reader think and question their own unconscious biases. Nyxia Unleashed was so wonderfully diverse on every level. In some novels, it feels like authors shoehorn diverse characters in just to be able to say their novel is diverse. This was absolutely not the case here. Reintgen put such care, respect, and thought into each and every character. Plus I loved the focus on found family! The relationships that developed between characters were so heart-warming. And the banter was on-point. The romance between Emmett and Morning was absolutely adorable, I particularly loved the scenes with their chaperone. I also liked that the romance never took over the plot. It was definitely present but wasn’t the main focus. The plot was so full of twists and turns. I loved how the suspense was drawn out, Reintgen is a master of timing reveals for maximum impact. I did think that the pacing was a bit slow at the beginning and a bit fast at the end. However, I still ended up reading the entire book in just a few hours because I didn’t want to put it down. Nyxia Unleashed ends on a massive cliffhanger that’s slightly brutal. Needless to say, but I’m going to be anxiously awaiting Nyxia Uprising, the final book in the series. Nyxia Unleashed was an excellent installment to a wonderful series that’s full of non-stop action, found family, and out-of-this-world adventures. I’d recommend if you enjoy YA science fiction. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
AnisaAnneM More than 1 year ago
“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 Scott Reintgen for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Karen_Benson More than 1 year ago
Nyxia Unleashed was probably my most anticipated release for 2018! I loved Nyxia so much and couldn't wait to experience more of Emmett and the gang. And, yowza!! Scott Reintgen did not disappoint! This second book follows Emmett and his surviving shipmates to the planet Eden where they mine Nyxia for the Babel Corporation. There they encounter the alien Adamites (well, actually, the humans are the aliens in Eden!) The action and world building are just as impressive in this second book as in Nyxia and I loved every minute! Scott gives us two brilliant characters in Emmett and Morning and I couldn't get enough. I loved all the teens in this, but especially Morning who is such a great kick-ass heroine and leader. Paired with Emmett, the kid from the streets of Detroit, they make a formidable pair! And that ending!! I need book 3 NOW!!! Ack! I highly recommend this series to all sci-fi lovers!! Well done, Scott!! *Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Books for the advance copy!*
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
They were just kids trying to make a better life for their families in a dystopian world. They gave up everything to work for Babel, mining nyxia, the most valuable material in the world. They were taught to survive against all odds and to stop at nothing to achieve their goals, but when Emmett, Morning and the rest finally reach their destination, they will uncover the lies they were fed and learn to survive, thrive and trust in one another as they come face to face with the indigenous Adamites. What they didn’t understand was that they were merely pawns in a battle pitting Babel’s greed against the Imago (Adamites’) survival. But they are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. But, who can they trust? When in doubt, do the right thing and above all survive with honor. Once again, the hubris of an all-powerful corporation underestimates the ones they lord over, especially when those individuals have the intensity of teens who believe in themselves. NYXIA UNLEASHED by Scott Reintgen is a literary powerhouse of action and adventure, emotional turmoil and determination. Follow incredibly strong characters with the flames of youth raging like an inferno as they learn to work together, share their strong points and form an unbreakable bond of honor. Non-stop intrigue, secrets revealed and daring to go headlong into the unknown! Amazing world building puts us on another planet. There will be bloodshed, violence, pasts to reconcile and bonds that become unbreakable. NYXIA was phenomenal, but Scott Reintgen has set the bar even higher with NYXIA UNLEASHED! Hang on to your hearts, because this series will steal your very soul! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Crown Books for Young Readers!
Pens-and-Parchment More than 1 year ago
Somehow, Reintgen has struck again with another powerhouse installment in the Nyxia Triad. If you remember from last year, Nyxia was one of my favorite reads. Although Unleashed didn’t quite hit me as hard as book one did, I certainly had a world of a time reading about Emmett’s journeys on the perilous and unconquerable planet of Eden. As for the title of this post, you can probably guess it’s 100% a joke because the Genesis crew definitely does not spend their time relaxing by the pool or sightseeing in this book! Spoiler alert for book one, but Nyxia Unleashed picks up immediately where book one left off, with Emmett blazing his way down to the surface of a new planet, where he and a chosen crew of other kids are sent to mine for the extremely valuable (and extremely unpredictable) substance nyxia. To put it lightly: this book has some amazing, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G world-building! Reintgen clearly put so much thought, time, and research into crafting a futuristic planet inhabited by the complex, centuries-old civilization of the Adamites—or, as Emmett discovers, the Imago. When it comes to how the characters meet and interact with the indigenous people of Eden, Reintgen avoided all the obvious “alien” tropes and went way beyond surface level. He goes so far as to discuss the technology, food, clothing, native species, lunar astronomy, and history of the Imago people all in incredible depth. Towards the beginning, it’s even described how animals came to evolve on Eden in a slightly different process from Earth (being an environmentalist and animal-lover at heart, I absolutely loved that part)! Given the skillful development of Imago culture, Reintgen incorporates a very timely and impactful discussion about colonization into the main storyline. He touches on how Babel disregards the native language and traditions of the Imago, choosing instead to insert their own narrative about an alien population. Reintgen addresses the issue so beautifully, he’s one of those authors that just gets how to write YA that is both extremely important and wicked fun. When it comes to the plot, there are so many layered mysteries and moving parts that all unfold individually, making for a super intriguing reveal about two-thirds into the book. I really had no idea what was going on until all the different pieces were added up! And in true Reintgen style, Unleashed highlights the emotional effects of trauma and grief in teenage boys (also in girls, but very strongly in boys). I think it’s pretty rare to find a YA book that focuses on boys who help and confide in each other, I really wish we got to see it more! Overall, it’s easy to see how the aftereffects of the events in Nyxia do not go unfelt. As sort of a side note, I really loved how nyxia as a substance is developed throughout the two books. I feel like we got to see a different side of nyxia in the hands of the Imago, versus how we saw it being used by Babel. I’m excited to see what other secrets we might uncover in the final book! And unlike in book one, Nyxia Unleashed actually features a few different points of view! It’s very minimal, but really added more suspense—and humor—to the story. Would I recommend this book? Well, DUH. Nyxia is one of my top favorite series, so if you haven’t started it yet, go get yourself a copy of the book that started it all! And if you’ve already read Nyxia, you’ll definitely want to find out what happens next.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
“Fallen angels were cast down to Earth and became demons. When Babel cast us out, it’s in fire and blood and steel. As the descent begins, I hold onto one truth: A am more than what they would make of me.” Nyxia Unleashed starts wright where book 1 leaves off as Emmett and the Genesis crews are on their way down to Eden. But they soon discover that it’s not the paradise they thought and they have more reason than ever to distrust Babel. But they might not be the only ones keeping secrets and the Adamites have plans of their own. Things I Liked Nyxia Unleashed starts off with a bang and it doesn’t let up at all. There is so much incredible and intricate action that highlights just how smart and capable these characters are. The action adds to the story, it never feels like filler. And the fight scenes are just as captivating. There’s a particularly incredible one that showcases Morning that I won’t soon forget. Emmett is such an amazing characters who captivates me every time he’s on the page. He is such a good person with a strong sense of self and an inner compass that guides him. I also loved getting to see more friendships develop and establish between both Genesis crews, that really made it feel like a found family (something I will always love!) I was so happy that we got to spend time with the Imago people (Adamites to Babel) and learn more about their world. It was refreshing to finally get to learn about them and their politics from themselves and not Babel’s twisted and biased opinions. And I was all here for everyone distrusting Babel and calling them out on their colonist ways. Things I Didn’t Like So my indifference of the romance subplots from the first book kinda carried over into this one, except my annoyance at Isadora multiplied by like a thousand. I didn’t like her storyline at all or really anything that related to her at all. As much as I think that Morning is an amazing, strong character, I do think that she is infallible and unattainable. She just doesn’t seem real and it’s hard for me to relate to her. I just want to love her, but I don’t. Nyxia is a book that will always have a special place in my heart - it made me want to read more science fiction and since then I’ve found so many new books to love. Nyxia Unleashed is a nonstop adventure that builds off book 1 in smart and organic ways and leaves you aching for more. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
Nyxia Unleashed is a powerhouse! It’s a thrill ride with intensity and passion. Full of refreshing twists and character developments, you won’t be sorry you returned to the Nyxia world! What an incredible sequel this was! It was fast paced and exciting! I loved every minute of it, and the only negative I have is now I have to wait even longer for book 3! Reintgen did not disappoint with this gem! I’ve thought long and hard about what I wanted to say in this review. Being book 2, and with the way book 1 ended, I decided that I can’t really talk about the characters, because that would give away who survived and who didn’t. I did fall in love with Emmett more in this one (he’s all over the synopsis, so not a spoiler). His personality really came through in this one and he grew in strength and character. I also really loved how the decisions he made seemed to link back to the strength and character of his father and the lessons he taught Emmett. I realized I couldn’t say much about the plot either, to avoid spoilers. It was exciting though. It was surprising and unpredictable, and kept the same feeling as book 1. It had some mild predictability to it, but that certainly wasn’t a bad thing. There were plenty of shocking moments that made it exhilarating and heart pounding! The world development was vivid and outstanding, too! Reintgen did an incredible job with creating Eden. He included such rich detail and description that I could visualize and experience everything in my mind. I really loved the imagination he used to develop the world, and the Adamite race. All in all, this was a fantastic second book. I’ve loved the series so far, and the minute I finished this one, I wanted to go back and read both books again! Nyxia Unleashed was worth the wait, and I felt like there were enough details in the story that would make it very re-readable. Thank you to NetGalley, and the publisher, for providing this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review!
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
[4.5/5 stars] I’m really pleased with this sequel. The story seems more in line with what I think people were expecting from the first book: highly-trained teens dropped on an alien planet to mine Nyxia. There was less competition in this book than the first, and I missed a bit of that head-to-head drama, but the good character dynamics remained strong. What it offered instead was a new world to explore – complete with diverse flora and fauna, a fascinating planetary history, and indigenous beings with a breathtaking culture. Nyxia Unleashed was filled with countless moments of wonder and awe. The world-building was superbly done and by far my favorite element of the book. There was so much creative and beautiful imagery throughout that I’m left with a solid vision of this alien world. Very well done. The natives were a lot of fun to learn about, especially when their culture clashed with our earthen norms. It was an experience for sure, and one that truly transported me. So, while the world-building and diverse cast of characters were enough to satisfy this harsh critic, I admit the logistics of the plot – primarily the “grand scheme” on all three sides of the conflict, were a little thin. It required a “just go with it” attitude at times and made me nervous that the final book isn’t going to culminate to the satisfying ending I’m craving. It doesn’t lessen how I feel about the wonders this book showed me (truly awesome), but it might play into how I feel about the series as a whole depending on how the complexities of plot are handled in the final book. Fingers crossed. It’s also worth noting that I really like the narration of the main character. He has a lot of depth that comes from good backstory and continues to get better as he’s shaped by these experiences. I especially love the whole “file this under C – for creative” thing he’s got going on because it speaks to a deeper coping mechanism that allows him to compartmentalize trauma and just get things done. I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I love it. Series status: Going strong. It has the potential to end up among my all-time favorites. You’d better believe I’ll be hounding for a copy of the final book, asap. :) Recommendations: As I said with the first book, this is an awesome recommend for Red Rising fans who don’t mind all of those gritty components watered down to fit a YA market. It has the same competitive edge, interesting characters and camaraderie, and overall atmosphere. I’m a fan. I’d like to thank Random House Children’s, Scott Reintgen, and Netgalley for the chance to read and review an early copy of Nyxia Unleashed. Approval for this title made my day! Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
McKenzieDean More than 1 year ago
Nyxia left us with several questions and a giant cliffhanger, and Nyxia Unleashed picks up right where we left off. Our favorite characters have to navigate a strange new alien world in this addition to the Nyxia Triad series, along with trying to figure out Babel’s master plan for them and the alien species that call the planet they just landed on home. Babel always seems to be five steps ahead of every plan the group tries to concoct, and mining for the nyxia they were sent down to the planet to retrieve proves much more dangerous than they thought possible. Emmett and the rest try everything in their power to figure out Babel’s next move, but will it be enough? And what do these aliens called Adamites really want with them? So, what made this second book in the series even better than the first? Well, several things, one of which is the characters themselves. Our lead hero, Emmett, has to overcome several trying situations and moral dilemmas in this book which helped keep the plot moving forward and interesting. The author also allows us inside the minds of several other characters in Nyxia Unleashed, which helped the reader feel even more immersed in the story than they already were. Another thing would be the world building. While Nyxia was set aboard a ship hurtling through space, which left us with little choice but to roam the same halls and see the same things, its sequel is set on a lush, dangerous alien planet. The way Reintgen described the world and its people was breathtaking and lyrical. Creatures and people leapt off the page and the culture of the Adamites was intriguing. The reader never feels like too much information is being dumped on them at once, rather that they are introduced to the Adamite’s world as easily and thoughtfully as if they were the characters themselves. Also, Nyxia Unleashed does a wonderful job of celebrating diversity in literature, just as Nyxia did. It’s just all around fun, immersive science fiction and its quickly making its way to the top of my personal list of favorite series. Watch out, though, because Nyxia Unleashed ends with another gut-wrenching, throw-your-book-against-the-nearest-wall cliffhanger. (But please don’t throw your book. Throw a pillow instead and save the book from harm.) Readers will be clamoring for the third book soon after they finish this second book, I’m sure! Thank you to Crown Books for Young Readers, NetGalley, and Scott Reintgen for the advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review!
Melody Boggs More than 1 year ago
Nyxia was one of my favorite book discoveries for 2017, and now I’m delighted to say that the sequel did not disappoint. In fact, I extol its virtues and the trilogy as a whole to anyone reading this. That’s how much regard and faith I have in it, so please give it a shot if you haven’t already. Emmett continues to be an amazing protagonist with a definitive and much-needed voice in YA: he is a teenaged POC whose family struggles with poverty, which is a key reason why Babel, a shady corporation, chose Emmett and the other teenaged kids from around the globe to achieve their less than altruistic endeavors. Reintgen focuses on communication between the characters, something many YA authors fail to achieve with teenage characters especially for reasons I cannot fathom. Having Emmett’s POV there to add a deeper layer of realistic anger and gray morality was a bonus: a person can understand why someone else did what they had to do while being enraged by the choice. This time, Team Genesis was able to work together throughout the book, establishing a found family and pinpointing their real enemy as being Babel rather than being forced to view each other as obstacles to be eliminated. Being able to trust and rely on each other made certain character motivations clearer, particularly Morning and Emmett’s reciprocating feelings. I loved also that Reintgen delved into Anton’s POV and focused on his relationship with Alex. These two became some new favs, and I found that it was explicit that they were in a gay relationship without anything becoming stereotypical or heavy-handed. They better reunite in the third book, or I will riot. Also hoping Reintgen knows about and avoids the “Bury Your Gays” trope, and if not, someone please tell him about “Resurrect Your Gays” immediately. In the meantime, though, Anton’s own storyline was brilliant, and I'm so thankful that his voice was distinct from Emmett's despite the novel's first person POV. I love this beautiful, sarcastic cosmonaut! And that team-up, wow. I won’t spoil it, but you guys are in for a treat. The only part where the pace dragged for me was at the transition between the middle and the end, where Emmett and the others make their way through the final rings of Sevenset and meet one of the Daughters. I thought there was a bit too much exposition there on revealing truths and planning next moves that slowed the pace and dissipated tension and suspicion too quickly, making it not as strong of a book as its predecessor. However, two things stand out at making it up: Emmett and Team Genesis’ treatment of the Imago in the sixth ring—the celebratory spitting in the face of both systematic oppression and how people condemn the impoverished— and that explosive ending (I’m still reeling from it). There’s no question that the next book is going to be a doozy. If you love space adventures with memorable, well-written, diverse characters, this trilogy is what you've been looking for. I can't recommend it enough.
yaratrv More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book better than the first one. It pulled me right away into the story. Emmett definitely matures more in this installment and it’s nice to see his friendships not only grow but blossom into a family-like unit. People are lost along the way, which is sad, but it was cool to get to see the Adamites up close and walk through their society. The ending was a bit of a shocker- definitely adding the third book to my TBR!
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book. The world building, the character development, the twist and turns that pop up along the way, and let’s not forget the action of it all. I remember finishing Nyxia last year and thinking, “Wow. I can’t wait to see what happens next.” However, this story didn’t give me that same feeling. I still enjoyed the story, but I felt like it went a bit slower than its predecessor. The crew is finally on Eden and get to meet the Adamites, but they know that something isn’t right. They know that Babel (the people who sent them to Eden to mine Nyxia) isn’t what they claim to be and can’t be trusted. However, what about the Adamites? Pretty soon this group is left wondering not only what the game is, but how they will manage to survive and get home back to earth. The beginning was a bit slow for me. Maybe because it had been so long since I read the first book. It took a little bit to get my memory up to speed as to what happened and who was who. Once the team makes contact with the Adamite/Imago people, things start to pick up a bit more. You get the sense that they are putting up a front, and playing a role. You don’t know what they are hiding and whether or not the characters should trust them. It wasn’t until the last third of the book that I found myself glued to the pages because the story started to get a bit crazy (in a good way) and you were left scrambling trying to fit all the pieces together. In this book we not only follow the main character Emmett, but we also follow Anton as he tries to help all the kids of Genesis make it off of Eden alive. During the first book these kids were pitted against each other every step of the way in order to make it to Eden, once they realize the truth about Babel and that they are on their own, they start to trust and rely on each other. So it was really great seeing them all work together towards their common enemy. While I had a rough start with this story, it did pick up pace for me. Again, maybe my disconnect is because it’s been so long since I was in that mindset of being on the ship. Maybe it’s the fact that I tend to be a stand-alone kinda girl and lose interest in a series quickly. I’m still interested to know what happens with these characters. Do they make it off of the alien planet? What of the Imago people? There’s all just so much on the table and it’s down to the finish line for these teenagers who have been stranded up on an alien planet. I wonder how it will all end for them.
storiesandsours More than 1 year ago
I finished Nyxia Unleashed just in time for release day. If you read Nyxia, then you know about THAT ending. Nyxia Unleashed starts right off with crazy action as Emmett and the other surviving members of Genesis 11 & 12 land on the planet Eden. They meet crazy dangers, slowly get to know a few Adamite emissaries, and get to experience the Adamite city of Sevenset. All the while, they are wary of Babel’s true plans for them (and they are right to feel that way). This book also ends on the cusp of huge changes and surprises. . I loved how quickly the plot and action moved all while still showing the way all the kids are coping with what happened in Nyxia. The Adamites were so different from what I imagined. I loved all the twists and turns in this, especially right at the end. I think the only thing that I would have liked more info on is the Adamite history. Nyxia Unleashed was great for middle book...there was enough action and plot to prepare us for an explosive third novel. . ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for this fantastic YA sci-fi . Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC