Author: Scott Reintgen
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Page Count: 377
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Notable Notables: POC characters, Social class struggles
Recommended Readers: Fans of space adventures and high stakes
The first reason I picked this book up was actually because of the author’s note on the dust jacket:
Scott Reintgen has spent his career as a teacher of English and creative writing in diverse urban communities in North Carolina. The hardest lesson he learned was that inspiration isn’t equally accessible for everyone. So he set out to write a novel for the front-row sleepers and back-row dreamers of his classrooms. He hopes that his former students see themselves, vibrant and on the page, in characters like Emmett.
It warmed my heart and made me tear up a little.
The second reason was the premise. Emmett Atwater has been selected, along with nine other recruits, by Babel Communications to compete in a competition in space. Only eight recruits will secure spots to go down to the planet Eden to mine nyxia, a substance that’s become the most valuable material in the universe. Winners will be set financially for life while the losers get nothing.