Catalyst by S. J. KincaidCatalyst by S. J. Kincaid


byS. J. Kincaid

Paperback | September 29, 2015

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S. J. Kincaid has created a fascinating dystopian world for Insignia, her futuristic science-fiction adventure series perfect for fans of Ender’s Game. Earth is in the middle of WWIII, battling to determine which governments and corporations will control the resources of the solar system.

Teen Tom Raines grew up with nothing, some days without even a roof over his head. Then his exceptional gaming skills earned him a spot in the Intrasolar Forces, the country’s elite military training program, and his life completely changed.

Now in Catalyst, the explosive series conclusion, dangerous changes have come to the Pentagonal Spire where Tom and his friends train. When a mysterious figure starts fighting against the evil corporations’ horrifying plans, but with methods Tom finds shocking, he must decide which side he’s on.

With slim odds of success, is it even worth the fight?

S. J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire. She also interned for a politician in Washington, DC, and received degrees from universities in Illinois and Ohio, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Edinburgh, Scotland, that she realized she wanted to be a writer. S...
Title:CatalystFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062093061

ISBN - 13:9780062093066


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thrill Ride from Beginning to End! Catalyst” the exciting and explosive conclusion to “Insignia” opens with a military takeover of the Pentagonal Spire after “the ghost in the machine” blows up the Coalition’s skyboards. Promoted to the Upper Company Tom Raines who keeps stepping on the toes of the authority in power surprisingly not only passes a despicable loyalty test, but is given the responsibility of training the new plebes. But he soon uncovers an underlying threat when he discovers that his plebes are Obsidian Corporation’s latest experiment to test a new process that takes away their free will. Angry at the ramifications of this latest intrusion Tom is determined to thwart Joseph Vengerov’s sinister scheme only to be faced with a horrifying discovery that could annihilate Earth, and the mysterious murder of key Coalition CEOs. Well- developed with S.J. Kincaid’s creation of a dystopian world run by a coalition of power-hungry, billionaire CEO’s of multinational corporations, their autocratic influence is now felt in the halls of the Pentagonal Spire under the leadership of General Anthony Mezilo. Fast-paced and action-packed the intensity and suspense quickly escalates especially when Tom is subjected to Vengerov’s blackmail and mind control and he must find the will to escape or be sucked into fighting for the wrong side. Diluting the chaos and violence are large doses of humor with Vikram’s banter, Tom’s date with Iman, and Yuri’s intercession when he kisses Wyatt. Romance continues to brew as Wyatt finally admits her feelings for Yuri and Medusa and Tom recognize the strength of their feelings. Yet as the story progresses quickly and smoothly sacrifices are made for a future Tom and his team never saw coming. Through it all the characters continue to develop, growing closer as Tom discovers the close, loyal family he’s always yearned for in his best friend “Tiny Spicy Vikram”, the android Yuri, and the brilliant “Man Hands” Wyatt Enslow. Even Lieutenant James Blackburn and Tom begin forging a new relationship as both confess their failings and weaknesses. Yet as lies and secrets are finally unraveled Joseph Vengerov remains cold, ruthless and power-hungry; fear never cracking his cruel and brutal nature until he finally stares death in the face. I thoroughly enjoyed the Insignia trilogy and especially “Catalyst” which turned out to be a page-turner from beginning to end. I highly recommend this series and can’t wait to see what S.J. Kincaid has in-store for her fans next
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Catalyst This is the end to one of my favourite series ever, and I have read a tonne of books. S.J. Kincaid is a great storyteller and I hope to to read many more books by Kincaid. To be honest, I am very sad to see this series end
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good ending A good ending to a great series that is not as popular as it deserves
Date published: 2014-11-02

Editorial Reviews

Kincaid’s trademark spectacular action sequences and affectionate banter make room for Tom’s coming-of-age without compromising what readers have come to love. An unabashedly optimistic denouement is the perfect ending for this series that’s unafraid to ask readers to grapple with big ideas.