Suprising. Unexpected. Mysterious. Nyxia holds me at the end by displaying an unexpected twist that I am commending Scott Reintgen for writing it so well. At first, the book is promising. There are earlier chapters that I didn’t expect that I will have a hard time sinking through the book. But that doesn’t stop me from reading the book. I’m happy that I finished it and gave it a chance. There are so many things that I want to talk to and they are:
Emett is the protagonist of the story, boarded with other nine chosen candidates to live in Eden and only eight of them would be picked as they are traveling in space while training them for adjusting their body and adapting slowly in the new environment that they are going to live in. There are moments that I find Emett’s darkness at some point in the book. It was highlighted by the author that there are instances that he could be bad but has the feeling of lost or the society, Babel corporation in their case, is molding them into something they are not. It is sad and lost. Carving them to be someone they are not supposed to be but should be along the way to live and survive in the process. Although, it proves to me that there’s more to it than that. To be honest, I’m scared of Emett. It feels like he can analyze people, observe them and from there, manipulate them at some point which I’ve seen in the book.
I would like to point out that there’s a voice in my head telling me to stop reading this book because there are few pages that getting off my radar. Apparently, as my heart desires to read and finished it, I didn’t expect that I will like the story. It grips me hard to the core. It felt like I want to put the book down but that’s not the effect on me. I want to know more about what will happen next, will he be part of the cut? Will there be a revolution at some point? The mysteriousness of the corporation alone made me stay and be loyal to the novel. It is quite good because it is only one of the factors that let me consumed the novel in one sitting. The pacing is so great that two feelings inside me are colliding telling me that stop reading the book while my consciousness telling me is to keep on reading because I want to know more.
As I told before that I had a difficulty on immersing fully in the book because, it wasn’t written bad, instead it was written well that I fear where will the story brought me. It feels like I’m not ready to read this story but well, fucked everything off, truth to be told, I just finished the entire novel and I want the sequel right now! I love Scott Reintgen’s writing style. It was easy to read and fast-paced, you would want more of it when you started reading Nyxia. I didn’t expect that I would devour the book completely like I am craving for a book.
The point system intrigued me in this one. Also, the character development is the first one I’m looking forward to and I love how every piece holds in the story. I was pretty attached on one of the characters in this book and I just didn’t see that the character will die eventually. My goodness, Scott. How dare you? Anyway, I think it leads to a more curiosity and questions which is good in a reader’s perspective. We want more answers and we are going to look for it until then. I would like to point out the number of characters in this book! It is kind of insane but it wasn’t hard to cope up with. I love how the diversity implied and gave them their own spotlight.
Nyxia is one of those Sci-Fi novels that I should put my eyes on. It invades my feelings and surprises me. It betrayed my expectations and played well with my heart. I like how little the romance was in the book and how Scott Reintgen teased us on the end of the book, as if, he is telling us: You better watch out for the sequel! And yes, I need the book two! I applaud Scott Reintgen for writing Nyxia with a unique and awesome concept that holds the reader to its book and lost himself in the story as I immersed myself along the way. It wasn’t predictable. I don’t know what was coming. I’m wishing for something I really want to see in the book, there are a lot of mysteriousness that needs to unveil, we still don’t know anything. All I know is: Nyxia is just an introduction. We better prepare ourselves for what will come.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Scott Reintgen grew up in North Carolina, and took full advantage of the fact that he lived on the same street as fourteen of his cousins. It could be a little crowded, but he threw a few elbows and carved out a space for himself as the family storyteller. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to spend most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in the great state of North Carolina, where he currently lives with his wife and family. To his great delight, the demand for stories and storytellers is alive and well. As such, he can often be found at local coffee shops laboring over stories that he hopes his family, and fans, will love.