Read between: 5th-14th November
Number of pages: 384
Published: September 12th, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Ten people, all with one goal, to get to Eden and have their families made richer than beyond belief. It’s a bit like The Hunger Games in space, but with less death, and a far bigger prize.
The main character, Emmett, wants to get to Edene so that his mother can afford treatment for her cancer. So his father doesn’t have to do dead beat jobs. To him, that’s more important than anything and I felt this really built his character. He’s a down to Earth kind of guy, but he also has a temper, which gives him the fighting spirit needed to keep going.
Having an ARC of this book, I went into the story blind, all I knew is that it was sci-fi. It ended up being so much more than that and I loved it. I loved following the characters on Genesis 11- even though they were competing against each other- they were all individual characters and I wanted them all to get to Eden.
There were moments of grief, as well as romantic moments that demonstrated the harsh reality that they wouldn’t see their families for a long time. Not until their mission on Eden is complete.
I’m glad I knew nothing about the story before I read it, because I would have made assumptions about the plot before I’d even read the book.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book! I’m very interested in the next one when it comes out because the change of setting and character group will differ from those of this book.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced sci-fi read, pick this book up. I’d definitely recommend it!
5/5 stars! A great read!
Thanks for reading.