Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
With millions of dollars at stake, walking away isn?t an option. Emmett Atwater agrees to leave Earth behind when Babel Communications offers him a fortune. The catch? He has to launch into deep space to get it. One of ten selected recruits, Emmett boards the company?s spaceship and sets course for a planet that Babel has kept hidden from the rest of the world. Before long, Emmett discovers that all of Babel?s recruits have at least one thing in common: they?re broken. Broken enough that Babel can remold them however it pleases. Every training session is a ruthless competition where friendships are tested and enemies are made. Each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden?where they will mine nyxia, a substance that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe. But Babel?s ship is full of secrets. Secrets about the volatile substance they?re hoping to mine, about the reclusive humanoids already living on Eden, and about the true intentions for the recruits. Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won?t forever compromise what it means to be human.
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