Author: Scott Reintgen
No. of pages: 377
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Date Read: November 29, 2017
- First book in the Nyxia Triad
I know they’re happy. Competition is afoot. Their warriors are being crafted and hardened. Iron sharpens iron, Defoe said. He was right. At the end of this, I’ll be harder and sharper and colder then I could ever have imagined. I take another bite and remember that it’s worth it. The sweat and the competition and the suffering. All I have to do is win Babel’s game and I’ll go home a king. (Reintgen 39)
I was super excited to read this book when I first got it and it did not disappoint. There was action from page 1 to page 376 and it continually had me at the edge of my seat because I never knew what was going to happen next.
The thing that struck me the most was the integration of the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel. I thought it was super well done, but it’s not even that they re-told the story, but used it as a premise to the major “villain” in the book. In the Bible, those at Babel were punished by God for trying to build a tower to reach the heavens, and were dispersed over the earth, each with a different language so that they couldn’t communicate. Here we see all these different inventions, and technology for everyone to speak and hear in their own language even though they’re all from different parts of the planet. Defoe and Babel Communications tend, in a real way, to view themselves as God. They take these broken and poor kids, throw them into a competition to land on a new planet, and all the while they’re constantly manipulating the game for no one’s benefit but their own.
Emmett, the main character, instantly stole my heart. This boy just wants to do right by his Moms and Pops, to help his family out financially and medically, that he does everything possible to win and to not lose himself. Initially he doesn’t plan on making friends, but having him then view some of the secondary characters as family plays into a completely different dynamic and it changes something in him. It makes him stronger not only for his family and his friends, but also for himself because it gives him a purpose on making sure that he’s one of the few to make it to Eden’s surface.
Gosh. Honestly, I could talk forever about this book, and if I keep typing, I might ruin it and then what kind of person would I be. This is a definite 10/10, would recommend situation. I have no idea when the next one comes out, but I hope it’s soon.