Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Publisher Information:  New York, NY:  Crown (2017)

Summary:  Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit: he's leaving Earth.  Why Babel recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family, forever.  As he and nine other teenagers wormhole their way through space, Emmett discovers the promised millions aren't a guarantee.  Each recruit must earn the right to travel back to Eden.  There, Babel will use them to mine a substance that's quickly become the most valuable in the world. 

Emmett's year-long flight will act as a competition.  Every training session is measured, every point matters, and Emmett will do anythng to win.  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 their true intentions for the kids that don't win their competition.  As Emmett uncovers the truth, he realizes he's not fighting for wealth or glory, he's fighting for his life. 

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Links of Interest: 

Author website:  itspronouncedrankin.com

NASA for students:  HERE

Asteroid mining:  HERE


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