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Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Published: September 12 2017
Reading as: eBook
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.
“Life’s thrown shots at me from every direction. Through all of it, I learned that distance is its own kind of armor.”
Alright folks, as of this writing I am currently 44% of the way through this book and if I had to slap a rating on it right now and walk away I’d give it a 3/5. Now lets talk about why.
Our lead character Emmett irritates me. He wants to win, he wants to do it honorably, and he gets super bent out of shape when someone else isn’t honorable. Dude, this is a competition with millions of dollars at stake, stop being such a self righteous prick and grow a pair. People will do disgusting things for money, stop being so surprised about it.
Every chapter so far feels like a rehash of what happened in the previous chapter. Group of kids on space ship learning how to mine Nyxia, in a competition to see who gets kicked off of the mission, let bad feeling and training ensue. And again, and again, and again. I was hoping by the halfway point something new would have happened but so far nothing worth mentioning.
Those points aside, the story feels well written. There is obvious tension within this group and you can feel that tension as you read. Each scenario the kids are put in has vivid detail and you are easily able to see the story and picture it clearly in your mind. That is not something that all authors are able to accomplish so it is certainly worth a mention.
At this point, I’m not sure what is going to happen. I think there may be some big to-do on the space ship and at least one of the kids and a few of the adults are going to die. In all honesty, I’m considering DNFing this book for the time being. I’m bored and I simply don’t care about a single character or their purpose.