Catalyst

Catalyst

by Kristin Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781634229982
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: 11/21/2016
Series: Deception Game Series , #1
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 238,517
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she’s not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.

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Catalyst 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Catalyst is set in a world where genetically altered teenagers are the norm and being naturally born is abnormal. When her father dies suddenly, Sienna has to leave school to find a way to make money to support her mother (who has lupus) and her little sister. Uneducated and “normal” Sienna turns to a life of crime. Taking a job to steal from the man who created the technique to genetically alter human life, she is caught by a military group and blackmailed into killing that scientist. Sienna turns to the Fringe, a semi- terrorist group that is helping extract teens from science labs where they are being tested on against their will not wanting to be a killer. Yikes, there’s a lot going on in this world and really very little explanation, which did make my head spin a bit. Sienna was a hard headed girl who had good intentions. She’s trying to take care of her family but really just wants someone else to take care of her and make this all go away. I mean, what 17 year old wouldn’t want that? She was torn between two men, Zane, the first genetically altered boy/man, and Trey, the leader of the Fringe. Zane, protected since he was a child, seemed very naive. He was friendly, handsome, charming, but somehow innocent. Trey was also friendly, handsome and charming but a little more dangerous. I am a bit tired of the torn between two guys trope and was looking for an angle that hadn’t been taken in previous novels. Unfortunately, other than they were both nice guys instead of one being evil, Sienna’s situation wasn’t unique. I really wanted to feel more for this book more than I did. The concept was interesting and I love a strong good versus evil theme, but I thought the world building needed more explanation and I didn’t connect with Sienna. That lack of connection hurt the impact of the final moments of the novel. What happened rocked Sienna’s world, but it just didn’t rock mine. Was it horrible? No. I saw a lot of promise in this novel that just wasn’t fulfilled. Can the author deliver on that promise in the next novel? If she gives Sienna more heart, yes. Will I pick up the next novel, Forgotten? Undecided. ❤❤❤ Kudos to the beautiful covert art which grabbed my attention and made me pick up the book. (Although it didn’t scream apocalyptic genetically altered teen novel.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I reached the end I was so disappointed but got the second book "Forgotten". I can't wait to read it.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
Sienna lives in a world where almost everyone around her has been genetically upgraded. She is shorter, plainer, and all around normal. But her normal world gets shattered when her she finds out her father didn't die of natural causes. It is up to her to support her family - her mother and young sister - as she tries to figure out who was behind her father's death. Before she can even begin to uncover these secrets, one of her side jobs goes awry and she's in hot water with the government. Her life goes from barely manageable to disaster when her mother is taken away by the government and the only way to get her back will be to join forces with an extremist group. This book was a nonstop adventure ride with a lot of action packed scenes. It was the Chosen One crossed with a Love Triangle mixed with some Dystopian thriller goodness. That being said, I did think it was too easy for Sienna any time she faced adversity. She was always getting out of any situation! Her triumphs, especially against an organized body like the government, seemed a bit too easy. I loved Sienna's spunk and positive attitude. She never had negative thoughts regarding her own possible failure and she never dwelled on the what ifs because she was a woman of action! She was always brave and fearless. In her last year without her father she had to learn to be self-reliant and resilient, because her mother was not able to provide and support the family. We don't see Sienna grow during this time period, but we do see her on the other side as she faces all sorts of problems and difficulties. I liked that Zane existed, even though he didn't feel fully formed. I liked that there was a love triangle in this book because it added some more complications to Sienna's already complicated life. YA literature needs more red heads like Sienna.
LeandraWallace More than 1 year ago
Catalyst is an adventure-filled ride from beginning to end (and man, what an ending!). Sienna's a spunky character who never gives up- especially on the ones that she loves. The posh futuristic society is a great foil for the rough desert environment, and just like these two opposites, you get to attend parties w/Sienna as well as bust into secret government facilities. The best of both worlds! Kristin's writing is the second treat in this book (besides two yummy guys...), and draws you right in and doesn't let go. If you start reading because of the premise, you'll also stay because of all the feels!