Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why Babel recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on his contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family, forever.
As he and nine other teenagers wormhole their way through space, Emmett discovers that each recruit must earn the right to travel down to Eden. There, Babel will use them to mine a substance that's quietly become the most valuable in the world. For the chosen ten, every training session is measured, every point matters, and Emmett will do anything to win.
But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And as Emmett uncovers the truth, he realizes he's not fighting for wealth or glory. He's fighting for his life.
Ten teenagers are drawn from disadvantaged circumstances around the world, on the promise that their families will be helped, and that the teenagers might make a potential fortune, by the super wealthy Babel Corporation. The catch is, they must travel through space to the planet of Eden, to mine an incredible substance, Nyxia. It can be controlled by the mind to transform into anything. They also have to compete against each other, as only eight of them will go to Eden.
The competition is brutal and the rules keep changing. Our main character, Emmett, gets badly injured, falls in love, and is a wonderful character so you really want him to win. But things look dire, as it seems only he or his friend Bilal will make it - but not both of them!
This is a great read in the ilk of Ender’s Game, with so many twists that it keeps you engrossed until the end. And then you are left waiting for the next book!
A great science fiction novel that will best suit readers 14 and older.
Reviewed by Rob