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Review: Nyxia: Unleashed

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Title:Nyxia Unleashed

Author:Scott Reintgen

Series:Book 2

Rating★ ★ ★ 

Note:I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review for Book 1.

Synopsis

Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all.

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 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?

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Emmett was very brave and forgiving. I liked that he could sympathize and understand others but that he was fierce at times too.

Morning was fierce and protective of her crew. I loved that she was inspiring and a great leader.

Speak was kind of interesting. He was also very strong and diplomatic. He was a bit of a mystery as well since we could tell he was keeping secrets.

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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. 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own!

My feelings about the second installment of the Nyxia Triad series were kind of mixed. Part of me wanted to enjoy the story, but part of me found it very difficult to push through the story.

Nyxia Unleashed doesn’t spend much time summarizing the events of the first book–which isn’t necessarily a bad thing on its own, but I always feel like a short summary can be helpful for people who have been waiting between books. I will say, however, that the people who died were brought up quite a bit, so at least I got that reminder.

Afterward, the story takes place on Eden. I was really interested in this part of the story because I wanted to learn more about the Adamites. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like the world building was done well. Most of the creatures on Eden were just briefly mentioned without giving much of a description and then not mentioned again (with a few exceptions). I would’ve liked to get a more in-depth description of the animals on Eden, even if it was only a select few animals that were focused on.

I had a similar issue with the settings of the story. It felt like we didn’t spend much time in each location. All the places in the story kind of bled into one big blob. I just never got a good grip on the setting, not even to be able to tell you concretely how one was different from another. I really felt like this book took a step back with the world building. I just couldn’t get a solid feel of the setting; it never felt concrete and made it hard to immerse myself in the story.

 “They’re the ones who changed the rules. Now that I know what game they’re playing, I’m going to make my own moves. I’m going to take what they took from me.” 

My other big issue with Nyxia was the number of characters. This was the same issue I had with the first book. With the competition element from the first book, I could understand this issue a little more and I let it slide, but I was hoping that the sequel would cut down the number of characters significantly. However, there were still way too many characters to keep track of. I was constantly asking myself who someone was and what they had done. It was almost impossible to keep track and see them as individuals when they didn’t have much dimension to them. In the end, I gave up trying to keep track of all the characters.

The plot felt like it moved very slow and it wasn’t clear until closer to the end what the end goal was. Despite this, I like the plot twists and reveals. It was something I wasn’t expecting and it definitely made the story more interesting. I just wish that it was more clear in the beginning so that it wouldn’t feel like the story was just stumbling around.

Overall, this book may still be enjoyable for those that liked the first book; however, at least for me, this is where the story ends. This series just doesn’t captivate me and I won’t be requesting the ARC for the final book, but I may just finish it on my own time since I’ve read this far already.

Nyxia Unleashed was released on July 17th!

 

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