Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Dislike (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
Book received free for review from publisher.
In the first book of this trilogy, we were introduced to Nyxia, a material from another planet that could be anything you could imagine. Need a universal translator? Need an iPod charger? Need a lighter? A spear? Just think it and no matter how complex, the material could become it. While reading the first book, I had big issues accepting the logic of that, and part of my willingness to read the second book was to see if we'd find out how in the world such a material could exist. Unfortunately I was left dissatisfied on that and so much more.
Plot-wise, this series is basically Hunger Games in space. A bunch of kids from Earth have to try out, and then kill each other, for a chance to go into space. Any kid who gets wins gets millions of dollars for their family, and every kid who was picked to try out was poor, so that was a big goal for them. (Again, one had to ignore the logic of a company being able to set this kind of thing up...)
Why does the company need kids to go into space? Because the aliens on the planet Nyxia comes from love children and would only celebrate them, as opposed to killing every adult that steps foot on the planet. (Yet another stretch of belief here -- why would aliens care about human kids? Would they even recognize kid vs adult?)
So in this book the kids are on the planet, and discover that Evil Company actually has worse plans for them -- the aliens like kids because the aliens are dying out, they have no women left, so they can't have anymore kids. So Evil Company was actually giving the kids to the aliens so they could have babies with them. This was the last straw. The kids could breath the air on the planet just fine. They ate and drank the food just fine. And now apparently humans could interbreed with aliens?
Even with all that belief stretching, the plot was okay. The biggest problem with this book series is that I couldn't care less about the characters. They're realistic enough, but I felt no connection with them. Most of them had no more personality than one element "the funny one", "the gay one".
I struggled even to finish this book, and in the last 10% I just started skimming. I doubt I'll accept the final book for review, even if the publisher directly emails me again to offer it.
Currently reading: The Supervillain and Me which is really, REALLY good!