Reunion by J.S. Frankel
Catnip, Book 5
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (201 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Harry Goldman, teenage DNA researcher, genius, and total nerd, is thrown into jail for illegal transgenic research. Freed by the FBI on the condition he works under their aegis, Harry is taken to New York where he meets Anastasia, a cat-girl and the product of transgenic engineering. No sooner do they get acquainted then they are attacked by another creature, a bear which is more than a bear, and are forced to flee for their lives. Along the way, they encounter furries, Doug the Dog, find out that they are more into each other emotionally than they’re willing to admit, and end up in the Catskill Mountains where Harry finds out the shocking truth about how Anastasia was created…and what she was created for.
The danger isn’t over quite yet for Harry and his family.
Harry’s character development was handled wonderfully. He has grown up a lot since I first met him in Catnip, and I’ve enjoyed seeing how all of changes in his life have affected the man he’s become. It was especially fascinating to see how his relationship with Anastasia has matured over the last five books. I can’t say much more about it without giving away spoilers, but it is something to look out for if this isn’t your first introduction to this universe.
My only criticism of this story is a minor one. In the past, this series spent more time focusing on the science fiction and fantasy elements of the plot than fight scenes. I was a bit surprised to see that this didn’t remain the same for the big finale. While I definitely enjoyed seeing how everything else turned out, I would have really liked it if Harry could have had more time to study how transgenic bodies work and what kind of life his hybrid child would probably have as an adult. It was such an important issue earlier on that I thought it would have more time to develop. On a positive note, this was the only plot point in the series that wasn’t wrapped up as neatly as I would have preferred.
The pacing was incredibly strong. There was always something exciting going on, especially once the necessary introductions in the beginning were finished. Mr. Frankel’s ability to keep his characters on their toes is one of the things this longterm fan of his has come to admire the most about his work. I never knew what was going to happen to Harry next, and that made me eager to keep reading.
This is the final instalment in the Catnip series. It can be read on its own or out of order, although I would definitely recommend checking out Harry’s earlier adventures if you enjoyed this one!
Reunion was a wild ride. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for something action-packed.