The book has a good storyline. The story was not complex and at times just a little difficult to make the links between different people and their roles. However, given that it was a very good book to read. The two central characters are very believable and some of the concepts used are different from other books of the same Genre but interesting just the same. The book was much shorter than I anticipated, just 200 pages. I would have liked it to be at least twice as long. I have purchased the remainder of the series so will see how they work out.
5つ星のうち4.0Another good read in the series, but still not enough background
The story continues with Nova Whiteside, but I still find I am wondering a little about her background and the point that got her to the start of this story. Still, like the first the story was well-paced and entertaining. I will likely go on to get the 3rd in the series
It doesn't bounce around too much, has an interesting start and a rythm that is just nice. The participants are developed enough to make them and their 'movements ' sound feasible. The story itself works well. An enjoyable read and a good hook into other books of Chris Reher.
Eine interesante Storyline und gute Charaktere. Für jeden Scifi- und die meißten Fantasy-Fans zu empfehlen. Dabei gibt es eine nette Romanze, aber was mir gefallen hat, war die Einsicht der Hauptdarstellerin, daß sie für sich selbst denken muß und nicht in Befehlsgehorsam verfallen darf. Bundeswehrangehörige und andere Obrigkeitsgläubige, denkt nach!
Though The Catalyst's timeline precedes that of 'Only Human,' I read the latter first. Even so, it was not hard for me to follow the story. In The Catalyst, we see Nova, wet behind the ears from her birth into the military scene. She's as inflexible, stubborn, and by-the-book as a true 'greenie,' and it takes a rough patch in her career, and the handsome Seth (an old flame of Nova's) to show her that the occasional bending of the rules isn't so bad after all.
Reher does not waste time or drag their feet. From the beginning, we're thrown into action and adventure, watching as Nova battles with doubts concerning those she cares about, and also those she should trust within her work organization. The story moves along fast, but there are times when it slows and we get to enjoy and appreciate the fascinating world and its people Reher has created. The underlying cause for which Nova, Seth, and their comrades fight is very positive, and I greatly enjoyed that Reher pushes their characters to make certain sacrifices to attempt to achieve this goal.
My only gripe: I loved reading Seth and Nova's relationship, and I felt that the author could have expanded a bit more on them at the end of the book. Of course, not everyone will agree with me on this one.
The characterizations are solid, the writing is crisp and fluid, and all of the questions posed within the story are answered. Reher is a great storyteller, and you know they know this from the confidence exhibited in the book. I enjoyed reading this immensely and fully believe that others will, too.
I thought this and the other two in the Nova Whiteside series, Only Human and Rebel Alliances, were a lot of fun. Although our female protagonist is a relatively high ranking and experience military officer, she does spend quite a bit of time being rescued and oggled by brawny, gorgeous men, and having good sex too, which I appreciate :) But while the relationship between her and her male costars is central to the story, it doesn't completely sidetrack it, which I also appreciate. The story itself is frontier politics - big and powerful alliances verses terrorist separatists - and there's plenty of playing around in space ships and on strange planets with stranger scenery to keep things interesting and moving outside of the romance department. This is the Star Wars school of character development - good guys tend to be good, bad guys tend to be bad, but here and there Reher did play with these expectations in her supporting cast, which made them more interesting. Enjoyable, and I will read the next one.
5つ星のうち4.0Enjoyable Space Adventure Story with a bit of Romance
This is a science fiction story where the Heroine, Nova, is a pilot in the military. She is on assignment when the ship she is on is boarded by pirates. An old friend of hers from her academy days (Seth) is there and helps her get away from the pirates. Seth works with the rebels (against the government she is a military officer for) and Nova finds herself involved in the conflict. I'm being very vague here as I don't want to give any spoilers.
The writing is well done without grammar, spelling or other issues. There was a good amount of action in the book. Not too much that it was overwhelming. The pacing was good in that the action sometimes slowed down to allow you to see the characters interact and talk with each other. I did like the mystery that surrounded Seth. There was a bit of romance between the two lead characters. It was done in a believeable way as they had been involved in their academy days (several years earlier). Thus, the sense of history they had made it believeable that they would banter back and forth right away and get re-involved.
One drawback is that I did feel a bit thrown into this new world. I struggled for the first 15% or so to make sense of what was going on. I didn't understand the government or the structure of the Union. There were so many worlds and terms thrown around that I felt very lost at times (Targon Magra, Peilion, Feyd, etc)... the names are all so different that it was hard sometimes to keep things straight. The same thing with the beings (I picked up on the humans and centurians right away but others were introduced) and the names (there were so many different people and names thrown at the reader in the first 10% of the book that it was a bit hard to keep them straight as well). The end of the book on my kindle mentions that there is another book with Nova called "Only Human". Even though Only Human takes place after the events of this book, I believe that Only Human was published first. Perhaps more of the world, background, government structure, etc., was explained more in this other book. However, I was able to understand the story without reading this other book (I just struggled some of the time).
The book came to a nice conclusion without any type of cliffhanger. Overall, it was a good book that I finished without skipping around. If you are expecting "insta-love" and "soul mate" type of stuff, then this isn't your book. Instead, it is a good space adventure novel with a bit of romance mixed in.