I wasn’t sure if I would like Catalyst or not, but the description intrigued me and I really wanted to know what the story was behind the question mark on the hand featured on the cover. It only took three pages for me to be sucked into the story and I couldn’t stop reading after that.
According to his bio, Matti McLean has written a few plays, but this is his first novel. Thanks to the wonderful writing, you would never know that it is his first. Everything from the dialogue to the descriptions is great! There’s a nice fluidity to the phrasing and the action scenes are well written and intense.
Micah is a great main character and I was as frustrated as he was about not knowing what was going on and why he was so special. I do wish his purpose had been explained, even a little bit, but I’m even more excited to read the future installments because of the mystery.
The book is categorized as a sci-fi novel, but I felt like it was more of a futuristic dystopian. Either way, the society is set up fairly well. My only complaint is that I wish I could have seen/read more about how the society was bad. Micah is thrown into the world of the Radicals a little too quickly, which prevented me from fully believing the circumstances.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Catalyst. McLean has written a story that will pull readers into a strange and exciting world, one that is full of non-stop action and mysterious characters. My fingers kept flipping the pages and before I knew it, I had finished. This is a great book for parents to give to their boys (ages 10 and up) who are reluctant readers. They won’t be able to put it down! Catalyst is a great first installment and I look forward to reading the others.