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Contributor(s): Reintgen, Scott
ISBN: 0399556796     ISBN-13: 9780399556791
Publisher: Crown Pub
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: Recruited by a mysterious corporation for a mission in outer space, an ordinary teen joins a group of fellow travelers, each of whom must earn the right to travel down to a paradise planet where the universe's most valuable mineral has been discovered. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Competition (Psychology); Fiction.
Interplanetary voyages; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016038590
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Nyxia Triad
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 376 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 July #2)

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.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 July)

Gr 9 Up—Emmett Atwater is in need of a great deal of money to help his mother. So when Babel Communications offers him a fortune and a once-in-a-lifetime deep-space experience, he jumps at the opportunity. Now he and 10 other broken and desperate recruits are fighting for the right to mine a planet that humanity does not know exists. But are they just competing against one another, or is there more to Babel's plans? Can the cost of human lives be measured against the value of Nyxia, a new substance found only on the planet Eden? At what cost do success and failure come? An amazing adventure of intelligence and strength, this sci-fi book presents diverse and complex characters in a tale about greed and internal compromise. The author brings to life more than a dozen characters with depth and individual personalities and agendas. This is a wonderful example of how personal and corporate values are often intertwined despite being at odds with each other. VERDICT Fans of the "Hunger Games" and the "Maze Runner" series will enjoy this series opener.—Elizabeth Speer, Weatherford College, TX

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