The Book Worm: Review: Catalyst

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Catalyst

book review: Catalyst, by Michael Grumley

In 1984 a doomsday vault was constructed on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. Its purpose was to preserve Earth’s genetic history in the event of a global catastrophe. Now, decades later, a second vault has been uncovered. This one resting where no one ever expected. And the problem is…it’s not ours. Yet even more curious than the vault itself, is what lies inside. Seeds. Millions of seeds. Each with a genetic embryo untouched and perfectly preserved. Waiting. No one knows who built it. Or when. What we have managed to figure out is that whoever it was traveled an immense distance. For the sole purpose of hiding their genetic blueprints on Earth. But why? Now a small group of marine biologists and navy investigators have been assigned to find out. Before anyone else does. But Alison Shaw and John Clay are not prepared for what they are about to uncover.

Genre: fiction

Publishing date: January 2016

Mature content: just the inherent violence you get with any mainstream action movie

Review: Catalyst (Breakthrough) is book three in the Breakthrough series (following Breakthrough and Leap). I really enjoyed the first two books (read my reviews here and here), and Catalyst followed in the same way. All these books come with just the right amounts of action, science and science fiction to keep me interested until the end. Catalyst has a much lower science fiction content, just references to what happened in books one and two.

I found Catalyst more believable than book two, but to get through it you still need to ignore a few editing mistakes and one detail that really bothered me: the fact that all the characters seem to be grinning at the most odd places and situations. So it doesn't get more than four stars. In addition, this is not a book to read stand alone, you need the first two for guidance. Bu itself, this would not be an amazing book, but integrated within the series, it's just forms part of a story you can't stop reading.

I'm going to start book four (Ripple (Breakthrough Book 4)) so you can expect a review of that one soon too.

Happy readings, 

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