Revolution by J.S. Frankel
(Catnip Book 3)
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (179 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Harry Goldman is back once more, and this time he’s living the domestic life up in the Catskill Mountains with Anastasia, his transgenic girlfriend. At the end of Catnip 2: Rise of the Transgenics, he went through the same process as Anastasia did. Now he’s the same as she is, and their only wish is to be left alone and to live their lives in peace.
Their peace is shattered by the arrival of a pig-man named Istvan. It seems that Istvan escaped from a laboratory in Hungary where yet another scientist was conducting transgenic experiments. In short order, the young couple is confronted by Szabo, a giant of a man who is more shark than man. He has plans not only for himself but also for others who wish to become as he is.
This is something that Harry cannot allow. Soon he, Anastasia and Istvan are circling the globe and making stops in Hungary and Serbia. Their journey ends in Russia where it all began. There, Harry meets the real brains behind the transgenics program and is once more involved with his girlfriend in a battle against those who’d destroy society, a battle that could very well cost them their lives.
Harry’s adventures are far from finished.
The pacing was so strong that I had trouble finding good places to stop reading when I needed to do other things. One of the reasons why I like this author’s writing style so much is that he pays such close attention to when and how he reveals certain plot twists. This attention to detail means that every single chapter is just as – if not more – exciting as the one that came before it. Mr. Frankel really knows how to keep me guessing what might happen next.
The cast of characters was pretty large. I ended up creating my own list of who they all were and how they knew each other so that I didn’t confuse anyone with anyone else. It would have been helpful to have something like this included in an appendix or before the first chapter, especially for new readers who won’t be familiar with the recurring characters. The large cast of characters is really the only thing I’d mention as a possible deterrent to anyone who was thinking about reading this series out of order. Other than that, this does work pretty well as a standalone novel. I do recommend checking out Catnip and Catnip 2: Rise of the Transgenics if you like Revolution, though!
There’s something to be said for a creepy villain. Harry and Anastasia face some extraordinarily menacing antagonists this time around. While I definitely wouldn’t want to meet any of these bad guys in a dark alley, it was fun to be spooked by their terrible behavior from afar. The main characters were in real danger here, and it showed.
Revolution (Catnip Book 3) is a great choice for anyone in the mood for something action packed.