I received this book courtesy of Random House & Crown Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.
Emmett is a tough kid with a tough life full of tough breaks. In the not so distant future the world is full of much of the same: poverty, war and discontent. When Babel Corporation gives him the opportunity to leave earth and compete for a place on a distant planet, he goes. He goes for the money, for his family, for a better life. Emmett is learning about the mysterious substance they are to mine on Eden-Nyxia-while battling nine other kids for his spot on the planet. The kids come from all over the world but he has to cast notions about their similarities aside and win.
You may think you have nothing in common with each other, but in the expanse of deep space, you will soon discover that your shared humanity is the most precious commodity of all.
Emmett is one of the most most relatable protagonists I’ve come across as of late, maybe ever. He’s a diamond that has been shaped by constant pressure from birth. While he wants nothing more than to win, his introspection and awareness of what transpires around him astounded me.
It’s hard to tell the difference between rich and wrong.
All he wants is a better life, he doesn’t want to step on the backs of anyone else to achieve it. His internal monologue had me hooked almost from the first page.
We still dig and fight and scrape for each point, but there’s something human beneath every mask now. I know their secrets, and I know their stories. I know now that I’m not the only one who comes from a broken world and I’m not the only one who’s desperate to fix it.
Pick this one up. Journey with Emmett and his competition across the universe. This is a tale of soul searching, hope and friendship. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for something a bit different.
Fear thunders in my chest. I’m afraid it won’t work and I’ll blow my one change. But I’m also afraid of what might happen if it does work. I’m afraid of breaking something I don’t know how to fix.
I look forward to the next book.
Not everything is lost or broken. There’s still hope.
Expected Publication Date: September 12, 2017