March 14, 2017

#FirstPage with Catalyst (The Deception Game #1) by @Kristin Smith


This is one that was sent for review and I just fell in-love with the cover so much that I wanted to share the first page with you! 







 
Too pretty. Too smart. Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn’t fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she’s ever known and loved changes in an instant.

With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she’s falling for as bait.

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who’s too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren’t what they seem, and the secrets they’re hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.
 

"A gripping thriller with a tough, but vulnerable heroine who must fight against a corrupt underworld while searching for her father's killer. High stakes and non-stop action paired with terrific writing will have you turning the pages late into the night." 
~Kimberley Griffiths Little, award-winning author of the Forbidden trilogy (Harpercollins)

"Catalyst is a stunning and unique addition to the dystopian genre. Fans of The Maze Runner and Divergent series will devour this series opener."
~Sherry D. Ficklin, Bestselling Author of Queen of Someday

"An amazing young adult thriller! Full of intrigue, high stakes, and danger, this read will keep your heart racing and your mind turning deep into the night."
~Jessie Humphries, Bestselling Author of The Ruby Rose Series

"An action-packed sci-fi thriller filled with romance, danger, and twists you won't see coming, CATALYST provides a glimpse into an eery future depicting what can go wrong when those in power attempt to make things right."
~Ilima Todd, author of Remake

"Compelling. Intriguing. Fantastic! Catalyst gives us a view into a different world, but with relatable characters that everyone can understand. The novel's exhilarating pace only gets better as the story reaches its heart-pounding climax. A must read for anyone who loves a good book that you just can't put down.
"A YA read reminiscent of the best that the genre has to offer. Hunger Games and Divergent, eat your heart out."
~Mark Noce, author of Between Two Fires (St. Martin's Press)

"A gripping thriller with a tough, but vulnerable heroine who must fight against a corrupt underworld while searching for her father’s killer. High stakes and non-stop action paired with terrific writing will have you turning the pages late into the night." 
(~Kimberley Griffiths Little, award-winning author of the Forbidden trilogy (Harpercollins))

"An action-packed sci-fi thriller filled with romance, danger, and twists you won't see coming, CATALYST provides a glimpse into an eery future depicting what can go wrong when those in power attempt to make things right."
(Ilima Todd, author of Remake)

"Compelling. Intriguing. Fantastic! Catalyst gives us a view into a different world, but with relatable characters that everyone can understand. The novel’s exhilarating pace only gets better as the story reaches its heart-pounding climax. A must read for anyone who loves a good book that you just can’t put down. A YA read reminiscent of the best that the genre has to offer. Hunger Games and Divergent, eat your heart out."
(Mark Noce, author of Between Two Fires)

"This book has everything I love in a young adult book: a strong, Harley-riding, brilliant female character, a captivating plot set in a vividly imagined futuristic city that I know and love (Las Vegas), and a scintillating romance that leaves me wanting more. It's a good thing that more has been promised in this series!"
(Jessie Humphries, Best-selling Author of The Ruby Rose Series)




Kristin Smith writes young adult contemporary and science fiction novels. When she's not writing, you can find her dreaming about the beach, beating her boys at Just Dance, or belting out karaoke (from the comfort of her own home). Kristin currently resides in the middle-of-nowhere North Carolina with her husband and five incredibly loud but extremely cute boys. To read more about her obsession with YA novels or her addiction to chocolate, you can visit her at kristinsmithbooks.com.





Chapter One

School is only good for two things-grades and social life. Considering I'm not exactly excelling in either of those areas. I'm not sure why I'm here. Professor Armstrong walks down the aisle, his com screen in hand. "All right, class, your test scores have been uploaded."  He stops beside my desk, the smell of his cheap cologne overpowering, and stares down at me through his rimless glasses. "If you have any questions, please see me after class." 
I avoid his gaze and focus on my desk-screen, dreading my latest calculus test score. the screen lights up, a digital device that displays my name, the date, and my test grade. 
C minus. 
Again. 
Professor Armstrong continues down the aisle, and I groan inwardly, swiping the screen off. Is it too much to ask for one good test grade? 
When the bell rings, I escape into the hall. Chaz is already waiting for me. 
"Hey, Sienna, you coming over to my house tonight?" He smiles, his dark round face giving way to a row of white teeth. "We still need to watch the final season of Return to Space." 
A group of girls glides onto the Stairway to Heaven-as they call it. I like to call them the Stairs from Hell. I avoid the see-through moving contraption of death and take the normal stairs instead. Mainly because that thing scares me, but partly because I know I'd collapse by the time I made it to the top. 























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