Sunday, 30 November 2014

Review: Catalyst [Insignia #3] by S.J. Kincaid

Title: Catalyst
Author: S.J. Kincaid
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Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Insignia #3
Source: From publisher for review
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 6th November 2014

Tell Me About It
Tom Raines and his friends return to the Pentagonal Spire for a new year, eager to continue their training for the elite Intrasolar Forces. But they soon discover troubling changes. Strict new regulations, suspicious agents in positions of power, and the revelation that the Spire is under military control. The trainees are now cadets. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those in control are aligned with corporate sponsors who have ruthless agendas. And when the military academy begins welcoming new cadets with suspicious neural processors, they reveal the first step in a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications. Tom is desperate to stop it, even if that means keeping secrets from his closest allies, and it seems he is not alone: the other Ghost in the Machine also begins fighting against the Corporations, but with methods even Tom finds shocking. And when the enemy comes for Tom, how much can he endure in the battle to save himself?

My Thoughts
Catalyst has got to be one of my most anticipated reads of this year....and that was before I had even finished reading Vortex. I have loved this series from the start, devouring every book and wanting more straight after, and while I wanted to have Catalyst, I also didn't want it, by reading it then I was admitting that this series would be over. that there would be no more from the characters that I have loved, that have grown up in each new installment and made an even bigger impact on me.

I began reading Catalyst immediately after finishing Vortex, so everything was still fresh in my mind. Now an Upper Tom has to prove he has what it takes to deserve this promotion, he must prove he should be there, and that he has what it takes to become a Combatant. But his journey will not be an easy one, everything has changed at the Spire, and not for the better. With new rules, and new 'management' Tom is finding it hard to fit in, to bend to these rules, and follow instructions that really don't make sense.

Catalyst is jam packed full of awesomeness, I am actually scared to say to much in case I reveal what happens in the pages. A lot of the events that happen I did not see coming, some had me shocked and really sad wanting it to be over, that someone would come. Others had me surprised I had not realised this would happen and it completely came out of the blue. The action and the fighting had me on the edge of my seat, there was never a sure thing over who or what would win, and right down to the last few chapters you are kept guessing over what the ending will be like.

I loved getting to see this group of friends grow, as adults, as friends, and as fighters...fighters for the truth, for friendship, and for what is the right thing. I love how they were not easily coerced into something, that they had enough self belief in themselves and their friendship to know what was really right in their hearts. We even get to see an old face that really made me smile.

Catalyst is a fantastic end to this series, which is a MUST READ for everyone, and I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us in the future.

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