So I read this in just over a day and I have such a book hangover it’s unreal! It’s the first arc that I’ve gotten from Netgalley!
Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.
“Hunger Games in space”
I read this description of the book somewhere and it stuck with me, yet it doesn’t quite do it justice. It is so much more than this. I won’t give any spoilers as it’s not my thing, but just know this book is AH-mazing.
The story is fast paced and gripping. I was hooked from the get go, intrigued from the start. The worldbuilding (or spaceship-building?) was amazing, it was subtle in the way that it didn’t hit you over the head but you weren’t lost on what the world was about. Foreshadowing was done so well that I noticed it without really knowing why, for example these quotes below:
“Each of them wears the same charcoal suit. It looks like someone threaded smoke into formal wear. The overheads dance off all the polished shoulders and shoes.”
“There’s so much polish and shine that I almost don’t notice the claws.”
It was written so brilliantly, I didn’t want to stop reading. I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen but I kept being wrong again and again.
Diversity. There was diversity and I loved it! Each of the kids were from different continents, with speech converters enabling them to communicate with each other. However, their culture bled through the translators making them truly rich characters.
The characters are so interesting. There are so many levels to each other them and they’re all well developed. Each person is multi-faceted – they all had more than goal, providing a lot of internal conflict.
I want to say some things about specific characters but I do NOT want to spoil this for you so I won’t. I loved how close Kaya and Emmett were, without them only being friends for romantic reasons. The characters were done so well you could pretty much tell how each would react to situations based on what you had already learned about them.
I definitely recommend this book. It has amazing world/space building and awesome characters and rep. Check it out guys!
Have you read it? Let me know what you think below. Have you got any amazing Sci-fi recs?