- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (24 Sept. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444794655
- ISBN-13: 978-1444794656
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Catalyst: Book One in the heart-stopping Wars of Angels duology (The Wars of the Angels) Paperback – 24 Sep 2015
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'The Catalyst is a complicated, rich world of magic and danger. While it seems simple at first, nothing is black and white, and nothing is what it seems. Both fantastical and startlingly relevant and contemporary, it's tense, exciting, engaging and has at its heart a central character whose incredibly personal story becomes caught up in huge battles and some even bigger ideas.' (Claire North, author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August)
'At the heart of this hugely ambitious story, by a 15-year-old newcomer, is a great big universal truth - we all think we're different. The Catalyst takes this idea and runs with it. This is a stunning debut, exploding with life, ideas and passion' (Daily Mail)
'Helena Coggan is only 15, and yet her debut novel has all the assurance of a writer in mid-stride. If young writers can overcome the stare of the blank page - and take care with characterisation - they can stand as an inspiration to all' (Guardian)
[The Catalyst is] very appealing and completely lively throughout. This was an absolutely impressive debut novel from a young voice who is fast going attract a huge following. Hunger Games eat your heart out. Loved it. Highly Recommended. (Liz Loves Books)
'The Catalyst was a gripping read. It is action-packed and not once are you left feeling bored or waiting for something to happen. What Helena brilliantly manages to create is suspense...a truly brilliant, gripping and suspenseful read' (Laura's Little Book Blog)
'A pulsing, labyrinthine, emotionally visceral plot' (Metro)
The year's Divergent (Sun)
A phenomenal achievement... assured, frightening, action-packed (Observer)
'The next J.K. Rowling' (Today Programme, USA)
Imaginative, thrilling and highly readable fantasy novel from a bright young voice. Perfect for fans of the DIVERGENT series.See all Product description
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The main character, Rose, is witty and intelligent and I loved the relationships between her and the other main characters. The relationship she has with her father, David, is well constructed and I was rooting for both of them the whole way through. The story is set in a future version of London where there is magic. People have merged with souls from another realm and as a result some people have magic and others don't. The strength of magical abilities also varies. The interesting thing is that Rose has a secret, one that, if discovered, would rip her life to shreds.
This book was very cleverly written and I was immensely impressed to see the author on BBC Breakfast where I realised that she was the same age as me!! A 15 year old author! I soon discovered that she had written the first draft of the book at 13. I wish I could write something as gripping as this at my age now. I am completely in awe of the author and the book. (even a little jealous at her skill with words) When you read the book, you wouldn't believe that it was written by a 15 year old. The writing is sophisticated and cleverly structured. I will be recommending it to all of my friends as I thoroughly enjoyed the read and I highly recommend The Catalyst to anyone reading this review now.
I adored this book and can't wait for the next one!!
So we live in a world where there is a tear in the sky and the Angels appear, yep Angels, they merge their souls with Humans and take over the world.
Has the author been watching Supernatural by any chance because it could of been taken directly from that tv show.
Fast forward 2 decades later and the Angels rule the world, not so surprising and they divide the earth into gifted and non gifted basically and some of the gifted transform into other creatures which are dangerous to the world and need to be locked away during these transformations.
I have read it before, Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire slayer, The messengers, Teenwolf etc, and im sure given the age of the author these have all inspired her in some way.
Despite this i really liked it and i think it has great potential, i would like to see more books, but i found it too much in places and i think the author need to work just a little bit on character development and world building instead of cramming in so much plot.
Keep it up !!
The world has changed from the one we know today. There is magic afoot; angels have appeared through a tear in the sky and merged into humanity and created different kinds of being. The rift between those 'gifted' individuals, and those who aren't, has been barely contained since the War of Angels. The Department has been controlling things, keeping secrets from the public at large, and now they are being exposed for all to see. These secrets will cause the people to rise up again, for they are literally not of this world.
War is inevitable, and Rose is caught in the middle by who she is herself, and the desire to protect her family. Her father, David, is head of the Department, and his past is not as clean as Rose would have hoped. That is a lot to shoulder, and at fifteen Rose feels woefully unprepared to make the necessary decisions.
The story has a lot of drama, and it is very fast-paced. It draws the reader in well. Rose is a great character, and she makes for a gripping, competent lead heroine. The plot is filled with twists and turns, and it is clear that the author has a lot of ideas spilling out. I found it difficult to put the book down, as it simply begs to be read in one sitting.
Overall, a very enjoyable debut novel. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have. I also hope that it is the first of many by Helena Coggan.
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Helena Coggen is an inspiration to me, she wrote the draft at aged only 13 and I so want to be a writer that after writing that I promised myself...Read more