Review: CATALYST by Lydia Kang + Giveaway

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Title & Series: CATALYST (Control #2)
Author: Lydia Kang
Release date: March 24, 2015
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


For fans of Uglies and The Maze Runner comes a complex, thrill-filled love story that will make you question exactly what it means to be human

In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they’ve come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns.

But on the way to a rumored haven in Chicago, Zel hears something–a whisper from Cy, the boy who traded himself for her sister’s safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There’s more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined…aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.


Note: This review is based on an eARC received in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

CATALYST is the action-packed, suspenseful and incredibly exciting follow-up to Lydia Kang’s CONTROL that picks up over a year later, takes readers to new settings, introduces new characters, and promises even greater threats. New abilities will be revealed, new alliances will be made, and new friendships will be forged in this absolutely riveting sequel.

Neia hasn’t been the same for Zelia Benten since Cy’s sacrifice. As happy as she is that her sister Dyl is safe with her in Carus House, she can’t stop worrying about the boy she loves and what life might be like for him in Aureus.

But when an attack destroys her home and leaves her and her new family without anywhere to hide, she’ll have to flee to a safe house in Chicago. Without him. Without her family. With someone she never thought she’d be willing to protect.

And when her journey takes her to a place she never would have imagined she’d go to and one she’s not sure she’ll be allowed to leave, she realizes she might never see her family again. Not unless she can find a way to outsmart someone who always seems to be one step ahead. And not unless she can find a way to escape that won’t result in disfigurement or even death.

Filled with surprising twists, devastating betrayals, chilling repercussions, and shocking revelations, Author Lydia Kang created a sequel that will be unputdownable. She expands upon the world she created in CONTROL with new environments to explore, new hurdles to overcome, new and even more dangerous leaders, and new and intriguing mutations to learn about.

She put even more difficult obstacles in her character Zelia’s way, forcing her to be tougher, smarter, more confident, and more forgiving. She made Zelia into someone fierce but lovable. She made her into a leader.

Told in three parts, each with a different setting to discover, CATALYST will keep readers captivated. It is even more nail-biting, more nerve-wracking, more heartrending, more thrilling than the first book in the series. It delivers even more romance, more science, more deception. It reveals more history, uncovers more secrets, brings more carnage.

It is an amazing and unforgettable installment in a series that is totally epic. It’s a story that is more than just a must read, it’s a must read now.

The Rating


About Lydia Kang


Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

Lydia is represented by Eric Myers of the Spieler Agency.


Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: CONTROL (Control #1)
Author: Lydia Kang
Release date: December 26, 2013
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook


An un-putdownable thriller for fans of Uglies

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.


The Giveaway


I’m giving away…

A hardcover copy of CATALYST to ONE WINNER

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
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