December 28, 2016

The Catalyst by Helena Coggan #BookReview #Giveaway

In a thrilling debut by sixteen-year-old Helena Coggan, a girl with a terrible secret is tested to her limits as her fractured world teeters on the brink of war.

Eighteen years ago, a dimensional break ripped open the sky, drawing humans into an ancient conflict. Otherworldly souls rained down and fused with those of people, dividing the population into the green-eyed, magical Gifted and the dark-eyed, nonmagical Ashkind. A devastating war followed, and the Gifted have managed a fragile peace ever since, largely through a brutal law enforcement organization known as the Department. Fifteen-year-old Rose’s father, David, has a leading role in the Department. Rose and David are Gifted, but they are also something else — something terrible. Their lives depend on keeping it secret. But when a mysterious murder threatens to tear Rose’s world apart, forcing long-buried secrets into the open, her loyalties are put to the test. How much does Rose really know about her father’s past? How far is the Department willing to go to maintain order? And, when the time comes, who will Rose choose to protect?

Helena Coggan wrote the first draft of The Catalyst when she was thirteen, and it has already been published in the U.K. to great acclaim. She has wanted to write stories since she was six, and before that, she wanted to live in one. She lives with her family in London.

This book is about otherworldly souls rained down and fused with the humans. This divided the society into green-eyed magical Gifted and dark-eyed non gifted Ashkind. A war then erupts and there has been a peace ever since. Rose and her father David are both gifted and something else. Something dangerous. Their whole life revolves around this a secret. But when a murder threatens to unravel Roses' whole world her loyalties are put to the test. She is forced to question everything she thought she knew. Unfortunately I had some issues with this book. My biggest problem with this book is that the characters felt very flat and one dimensional. There was nothing spectacular about anyone of them . My Next issue is that the world building in the beginning could be improved. I don't get the sense that I'm in this world with the characters. This story was very slow in the beginning and was very hard to get into. My last issue with this book is that there is so much description of particular scenes and not enough action. A lot of "saying" instead of "doing". 

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Rose is forced to put her loyalties to the test as she questions everything she thought she knew about her life. 
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In this book there is the slightest mention of LGBTQ, murder is discussed, and there is some minor cussing. 

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