Thursday, 12 March 2015

Book: The Catalyst by Chris Reher

Title: The Catalyst
Series: The Targon Tales (#2)
Author: Chris Reher
From: Review Copy
Genre: Sci-fi, Space Opera
Release Date: 19th December 2012
Challenges: Winter COYER, 2015 Reading Assignment, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Nova Whiteside is as straight laced as the come, but when her mission goes wrong, the last person she expects to end up working with is her ex-lover, Sethran. Seth left the Academy without ever saying goodbye to Nova, and now he seems to be a rebel sympathiser...or is he? When it becomes clear that Nova is being hunted because of the Catalyst in her blood, she has to work together with Seth to save her life and a whole planet.

First off I feel I should apologise, firstly for it taking me so long to read The Catalyst (especially with how much I enjoyed Sky Hunter) and secondly for how long it took me to actually write my review (we're talking over a week, I finished The Catalyst at the end of February, its now the beginning of March).

Nova continues to be what she was previously: a kick ass heroine who doesn't accept being ruled by a man. Well other than her supirior officers in the army. She has her moral code and how she thinks she ought to behave and she sticks to it, or to the most part she sticks to it, Seth just seems to muddy the waters a bit.

Seth is the complete opposite. He comes across as more amoral and not really caring about what is going on, but he is actually a very complex character and the more you learn about him the more complex he becomes. At times this means that his motives aren't overly clear, but as the book progresses they do become clearer.

Because on the surface Nova and Seth seem like opposites, there is quite a lot of tension between them, both physically and with what they're saying. This led to some rather charged moments, as well as some quality banter between the two of them. Though I must say I never got the impression that this was a forever couple.

I also loved the different cultures that the author created in this book, different aliens had different mannerisms and cultures and I really enjoyed the way that the author weaved all these together, that is what makes the difference between a good sci-fi book and a great one.

The Catalyst was a great read, I'd definitely recommend it!