Apocalypse Books Science Fiction

Nyxe – Moderately entertaining short novella

The book blurb on Amazon as well as on Goodreads use words like "Sensational #1 All-Star Bestselling...". I do not know what qualifies as bestselling but I sincerely doubt that this book is really bestselling. It is certainly not sensational and very far from all-star material as far as I am concerned. It can best be describes as a moderately entertaining short novella.

Nyxe by Jedaiah Ramnarine
My rating: 5 out of 10 stars

NyxeNyxe… a genetically enhanced young woman awakens in an underground facility where she discovers a mission left behind by her forefathers – rebuild the earth.

After waking up nearly 400 years into the future at an underground research facility long after our world destroyed itself, Nyxe finds herself alone and abandoned. The only candidate left to rebuild our shattered world with the help of an Artificial Intelligence designated to be her caretaker.

Chances of her rebuilding our world alone though? Slim, maybe none. From the hardships of uncovering our dark history to the battles ahead in reconstructing a colony capable of sustaining human life – Nyxe, the girl once known as ‘Test Subject 17’ has her work cut out for her with no other option but to press on no matter how turbulent the storm gets.

Determined and sure yet still human – can this woman really be the only hope mankind has left?

The book blurb on Amazon as well as on Goodreads use words like “Sensational #1 All-Star Bestselling…”. I do not know what qualifies as bestselling but I sincerely doubt that this book is really bestselling. It is certainly not sensational and very far from all-star material as far as I am concerned. It can best be describes as a moderately entertaining short novella.

It starts off fairly promising introducing Nyxe as she wakes up to her new world which, so far, consists of herself and a overprotective AI. Nyxe is a genetically altered “superhuman” that was created 400 years ago and put into hypersleep until she could be woken up to rebuild a shattered Earth. So far so good. The spin on this, not entirely original, post-apocalypse story is not bad and the writing and story telling is acceptable at this point.

However then it starts to go downhill. Some spoilers ahead!

Nyxe was supposed to be the only one left but suddenly “test subject #16” pops up. A male of course. Adam and Eve anyone? He was also woken up by the AI. If Nyxe would have discovered some remnant of humanity left on the scorched Earth I would have found it acceptable but the fact that the same AI woke up another genetically modified human just made the story inconsistent. Nyxe was supposed to be the only remaining one remember?

After that the story just continues downhill. The AI behaves stupidly. The, now two, remaining humans engage in the usual nonsensical bickering, jealousy and betrayal. Aliens and galactic conflict threatening what is left of Earth is thrown into the mix and instead of rebuilding Earth Nyxe is flying around the galaxy talking to aliens.

The ending is, well, not exactly surprising and rather meh.

As I wrote the book is moderately entertaining, especially the first half, but with emphasize on moderately. It is a good idea which is rather poorly implemented in the end.

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