Nyxia

Scott Reintgen. Crown, $17.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-399-55679-1
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. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/10/2017
Release date: 09/12/2017
Genre: Children's
Compact Disc - 978-1-5247-7621-3
Library Binding - 384 pages - 978-0-399-55680-7
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