Nyxia Uprising Released Today!
It’s a big day at my house! Nyxia Uprising was released today! Spencer and I LOVED Nyxia and Nyxia Unleashed so we’ve had Uprising on order for at least 6 months! I think we’re both ready for bedtime already so we can dig in!
Perhaps even more exciting, however, is what I alluded to in my post last week: author Scott Reintgen agreed to take questions from both Spencer and me and I have a really cool interview with him to share with you today!
For those of you unfamiliar with the Nyxia Series, (Wha? Where have you BEEN?) the story centers around a group of young people who have been selected by a huge corporation (Babel) to leave Earth and compete for the chance to live and work on the secret planet of Eden. If selected, they and their families will be inordinately rich and they will work for Babel to mine the most valuable substance in the universe: Nyxia. The crew selected for the competition is as vivid as it is diverse: they span ethnicities, genders, sexualities and abilities. The one thread that binds them all is their youth: adults cannot survive on Eden.
The competition amongst those selected is fierce and the secrets and conspiracies that they face are legion. No one knows for sure what Babel is up to but each of the competitors has been selected with carefully curated criteria in mind. We meet Emmett Atwater, the series protagonist, and watch throughout the first book as he fights to win, survive and build relationships with those he is fighting so hard to beat. Along the way, he bonds and spars with other amazing characters and strives to determine his own path: will he fight to the death or try to win in a way that allows him to stay true to himself.
In the second book, Nyxia Unleashed, we find some of the original crew on Eden and learn about what it means to be an emissary of Babel to a race of amazing and unknown beings – the Adamites. The Genesis crew, as the Earthlings are called, struggles to figure out who to trust…each other? Their fellow Earthlings at Babel? The Adamites? They also face challenges to their physical safety as well as threats to what they believe they know about what it means to live a good life! Ultimately, the Genesis crew is trapped between the warring forces of Babel and the Adamites and we are left to wonder whether or not they will make it out alive. Left with that cliffhanger, you can hardly wonder why we’ve waited impatiently for 6 months for the final installment in the triad!
The final book, Nyxia Uprising, is billed as the Genesis crew’s opportunity to save the world for both the Adamites and their friends and families back home on Earth. While navigating the twisted plans of their sponsor, Babel, and the rough terrain of Eden, they must find a way to return to their launch station and win control of the Genesis ships. Everything hangs in the balance and we’ll read with bated breath as we already know the devious and challenging capabilities of both Babel and Eden.
With all of that in mind, Spencer and I got the opportunity to interview the Nyxia mastermind himself last week and this is what we learned from Scott Reintgen about the books, the characters we love and the future Genesis and other amazing creations coming from Reintgen’s imagination in the future!
Interview with Reintgen:
Shannon: Did you know the arc of your story across the three books when you started or did you start with one book and then expand?
Scott: I really tend not to plan that far ahead. I knew the end of the first book and that’s it. From that point on, I was mostly trying to let my characters guide the story as much as possible.
Spencer: Where do your character names come from? We are particularly curious about Morning and Speaker.
Shannon: What was your favorite book when you were growing up? Middle school?
Spencer: Did anything in your real life inspire something in the books?
Shannon: Did you find it hard to write female characters? What are the challenges?
Shannon: Why was it important to you to include so many different kinds of people in your work?