Catalyst by Lydia Kang
Length: Full Length (400 pgs)
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Lupine
In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they’ve come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns. But on the way to a rumored haven in Chicago, Zel hears something–a whisper from Cy, the boy who traded himself for her sister’s safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There’s more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined…aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.
Catalyst contains the main characters we all love and know from the first book in the series, Control, along with some new people introduced into the plot.
I enjoyed this book much better than the first, mostly because I got to see the characters develop significantly on this new journey. Zelia and Cy have been separated, and once they find each other again they have to be on the run from the government. I do find that the tension between Cy and Zelia is well written. I usually hate it when two people fight over their relationship, because the excuses for that fight are typically shoddy and really don’t hold up under scrutiny, and it’s just a bunch of drama that didn’t need to happen. In this case it really felt like it was a building block in their relationship and I really liked how that went down.
I admire the sacrifices that Zelia made for her new found family, even though she hasn’t known them all that long, it shows a depth of character I like. They fight to live in this new world offered to them.
This was a very satisfying conclusion to the series.