Review: Nyxia Unleashed

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Author: Scott Reintgen

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction, Space Opera

Number of pages: 400

Time it took me to read: 3 days

Synopsis: 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?

 Novel Review:

I received this ebook in exchange for my honest review from Netgalley.com.

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Scott Reintgen at Comic-Con and have been foaming at the mouth for the second book. So when I received the invite from Netgalley I was ecstatic. The book is officially out today and I have been reading away to make sure I had my review completed on time with the release date.

Emmet and the rest of the kids from Genisis 11 & 12 have finally touched down on Eden and are set to begin mining nxyia for the Babel corporation. Finally, the reader gets to meet and see the interactions between the Genesis members and the Adamites. Things are not as they appear and Emmet and his crew have just so much time to figure things out.

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.

My rating:

5

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Review: The Last Tribe

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Title: The Last Tribe

Author: Brad Manuel

Audio Narrator: Scott Brick

Genre: Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic

Number of pages: 720 (22 hrs 42 min)

Time it took me to read: 16 Days

Synopsis:

Imagine being alone in the world, one of only a handful to survive a global pandemic. Not only do you struggle to find food, water, and shelter but you also deal with the sadness and losing everyone you know and everything you have.

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living that nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents’ town in remote New Hampshire. Knowing the impending New England winter could be the final nail in his coffin, Greg packs what little food he can find and sets off on his 100-mile walk north with the unwavering belief that his family is alive and will join him.

As the fast-moving and deadly disease strips away family and friends, Greg’s father, John, is trapped in South Carolina. Roadblocks, a panic-stricken population, and winter make it impossible for him to get to his son. John and his three brothers appear to be immune, but they are scattered across a locked-down United States, forced to wait for the end of humanity before traveling to the mountains of New Hampshire.

Spring arrives, and the Dixons make their way north to find young Greg. They meet others along the way, slowly forming the last tribe of humanity from the few people still alive in the Northeast.

Novel Review:

Let me start off by explaining that this book is not your typical end of the world, action-packed, violent read. If that is what you are looking for there are hundreds of other books out there and I’d be happy to refer you to some. This book, however, offers a plenty for readers like me, who need more from characters other than their innate ability to bash a zombie’s skull in. Brad takes the small mundane moments in life and uses them in this story to show each character’s traits, including their failures and their successes.

The Last Tribe takes you through the lives of several different family members as they try to cope with the sudden death of nearly everyone else in the world. What makes this book unique is how it invites you to experience what these characters are going through. I found myself pondering what I would do and comparing my reactions to those of the characters.

One thing I found – well let’s call it different – about this novel was the unique balance between bad and good things happening. Generally, in a post-apocalyptic text, you find characters who are constantly on the run from bad things and rarely have a moment to stop and think, unless its to remember the good old days. The Last Tribe at times can be overly positive and the characters tend to be very hopeful. I would have liked to see a little more action. At least to the point where some scenes were not as predictable.  Still, this is a small part that got under my skin but not enough to detract from the book. I still love this novel and it will be a return read in the future.

Now I have to be honest here. I didn’t pick up this book because its synopsis drew me in or the cover was to die for. Instead, it was picked because I wanted an audiobook that I could spend some time listening to. Diving for almost 2 hours every day between the high school I was student teaching at and the university I attended, I was getting sick of going through so many books in one week. The need for some quality time spent in a world for more than two days is what drew me to this audiobook. At over 22 hours I was able to spend at least two weeks with these characters and loved every minute.

My rating:

4.5

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 Audio Review:

As a reminder, the three things I personally rate in a voice actors performance are:

(1) Transportation: how well the actors’ voice transports you into the story

(2) Distraction: things that the actor’s do/say that distract you from the story itself

(3) Different Voices: how well the actor can differentiate between different character voices.

Audio Review

(1) Transportation – 5 Stars – Scott’s voice is soothing and transporting. Despite the voices being fairly similar, it was quite easy for me to get lost in the story.

(2) Lack of Distractions – 5 Stars – The quality of the audio was crisp and clear. There were no unnecessary noises or licking of the lips and I was pleased with the sound quality and the actor’s voice.

(3) Different Voices –  3 Stars – Overall, Scott Brick’s voices are generally the same. There are different pitches and whatnot, but nothing too impressive. With that being said, I could listen to Scott’s voice for days. His voice is just the right kind of soothing. Not too soothing that it ends in drool on my pillow and me missing the last 8 hours of audio. It was soothing enough that I didn’t get anxiety during the more stressful parts of the book and yet kept me interesting in reading further.

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Review: Children of Eden

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Author: Joey Graceffa 

Audio Narrator: Sarah Grayson

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Number of pages: 278 pages

Time it took me to read: 5 Days

Book Trailer

Synopsis:

Rowan is a Second Child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Her kaleidoscope eyes will give her away to the ruthless Center government.

Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago the brilliant scientist Aaron al Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.

As an illegal Second Child, Rowan has been hidden away in her family’s compound for 16 years. Now, restless and desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run – unleashing a chain of events that could change the world of Eden forever.

 Novel Review:

I loved this read! The female protagonist is smart, athletic, and finally takes her life into her own hands which creates the conflict of this story. Rowan is a second child and is hidden away because her existence is forbidden. Imagine being forced into hidden panels in the walls of your home whenever there is a knock at the door. Crazy, I know!

I have had this book on my TBR for probably over a year now. I watched a few of Joey’s YouTube Videos and was interesting in his autobiography seeing as he is a very popular and successful gay YouTuber. Also, his pretty awesome book trailer may have had a little sway in my need to read this. But why did I take so long to pick it up? Not too sure but I am kicking myself in the butt now.

There is a lot of world building in this first book which, to me, makes a hell lot of sense seeing as it is dystopian and *duh* a first book. Some people have a problem with this but I didn’t see those issues in this one. There are also a lot of social commentary that can be applied to our current world events and I love that dystopian novels do this so well. I mean one child rule, environmental destruction, political corruption and possible more with a closer read.

I will also mention that there is a love triangle but it’s one that has not been done or at the very least definitely not overdone. Now trust me I do get sick of the overly done love triangles that seem to plague young adult fiction but I do love them when they are done well or bring in a new element. I was cheering for this love triangle after I figured it out and I still don’t know what team I am rooting for because it is so well done.

I recommend this book to those who like a lighter dystopia and an interesting read.

My rating:

4

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