Published by Harper Collins on October 28th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Science & Technology, Science Fiction, Young Adult
S. J. Kincaid has created a fascinating dystopian world for Insignia, her futuristic science-fiction adventure series perfect for fans of Ender's Game. Earth is in the middle of WWIII, battling to determine which governments and corporations will control the resources of the solar system.Teen Tom Raines grew up with nothing, some days without even a roof over his head. Then his exceptional gaming skills earned him a spot in the Intrasolar Forces, the country's elite military training program, and his life completely changed. Now, in Catalyst, the explosive series conclusion, dangerous changes have come to the Pentagonal Spire, where Tom and his friends train. When a mysterious figure starts fighting against the evil corporations' horrifying plans, but with methods Tom finds shocking, he must decide which side he's on.With slim odds of success, is it even worth the fight?
I believe this has truly been my month for Science-Fiction. I picked up Catalyst for Josh our teen reviewer who has gone off to college, as he has read book 1 and 2 of the series. However, away he went to college and I was left to fill in the gap. Those of you that follow my reviews, know that Science-Fiction isn’t my most favorite genre, however, when I do get in the mood for it, I clear my head, and sit back for the ride. Wishing that the ride will be good one. Can this book truly be read as a stand alone? Not at all. I encourage readers to pick up the first 2 books, first.
There is a lot going in this series. In Catalyst, there is action right from the beginning. Action that doesn’t stop. Tom, the main character is not alone as he and others continue their training. Along the way there are secrets yet to be revealed. There are very few predictable moments which really lends well to a great read. Ms. Kincaid does a great job of setting up the storyline, continuing the storyline throughout 3 novels and ending with a conclusion that readers will be comfortable with. For Tom, even when things appear to get worse, he continues to fight on. I think this novel was almost like a coming of age revelation for Tom and he pushed forward in the midst of turmoil to get the job done.